Psychology Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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General Admissions Information for Psychology

High school students should have at least one year of algebra. Social science courses, including psychology and natural science courses such as biology and chemistry are also encouraged. Transfer students may be given credit for appropriate transfer courses in the major and for electives. Transfer credits will be limited to 20 lower division courses and no more than 30 transfer credits total can be applied toward the degree.

General Degree Completion Requirements for Psychology

Students who major in psychology but who transfer some lower division psychology coursework from other colleges/universities must complete at least 50 hours of upper division credits in the 70 credit psychology major. No more than 20 credits from online courses will be counted toward major requirements.

Notes:

  • to declare psychology as a major, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.0 and taken and passed PSYC 100 or its equivalent with a GPA ≥2.0.
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.
  • students must attain a grade 2.0 for each of the required courses: CSBS 320, PSYC 100, PSYC 309, PSYC 313, PSYC 395/PSYC 495, PSYC 398/PSYC 498 and PSYC 399/PSYC 499.

Capstone Course: the university capstone requirement can be met by the department capstone course, PSYC 490.

Required courses are designed to provide students with the foundations of the field. Through careful planning in the selection of cluster and elective courses, students may develop a program of study to prepare for application to graduate school programs or meet specific career goals in psychology-related business/human services occupations.

Required Prerequisite Course
PSYC 100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
Required Courses
CSBS 320INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
PSYC 309SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 313RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY5
Required Focus Experience Courses-students choose from any combination of the following3
INTERNSHIP (Instructor's permission required.)
SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY
DIRECTED STUDY (Instructor's permission required.)
Required Cluster Credits–PSYC majors are required to take a specified number of courses from clusters A and B as follows:
Cluster A Core Course Requirements–at least four of the following 19-20
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
FOUNDATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN MEMORY AND COGNITION
CONDITIONING AND LEARNING
EMOTION AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR
CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
Cluster B Applied/Lab and Speciality Course Requirements–at least three of the following11-15
COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS
TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
COMPUTERIZATION RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN PSYCHOLOGY
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
HUMAN SEXUALITY
CARE AND CUSTODY OF FEMALE OFFENDERS
PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
HUMAN PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
STRESS AND COPING
COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY
HAPPINESS AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
TRAUMA: THEORY, ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
SOCIAL INFLUENCE
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT
PREJUDICE AND STEREOTYPING
GROUP DYNAMICS
EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR (may be counted as a cluster course or elective as approved by the department chair)
Electives17
Note: courses used as electives in the major must come from the Cluster A or B course list above (those not used to meet the minimum cluster requirements). Students may also take PSYC 490 and PSYC 491 (by faculty invitation) toward the fulfillment of the elective credits.
SENIOR CAPSTONE: THE TRADITION OF PSYCHOLOGY
SENIOR THESIS
Total Credits70-75

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • develop ethical and evidence-derived decision-making;
  • use APA style effectively in empirically based reports, literature reviews and theoretical papers;
  • recognize and understand major perspectives of psychology;
  • evaluate the appropriateness of design, statistical analyses and conclusions derived from psychological research;
  • design and conduct studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.