Psychology Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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.
- two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required;
- if a student takes PSYC 305 or PSYC 306 for Cluster A they cannot take PSYC 305 or PSYC 306 as an elective.
- 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 grade ≥C.
- Students must attain a grade ≥C for each of the required courses:
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 100||GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY||5|
|CSBS 320||INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES||5|
|PSYC 309||SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY||5|
|PSYC 313||RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY||5|
|Required Focus Experience Courses-students choose from any combination of the following||3|
|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–choose at least four of the following||19-20|
|THEORIES OF PERSONALITY|
|FOUNDATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY|
|CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (only one developmental course will count towards the BA)|
or PSYC 306
|HUMAN MEMORY AND COGNITION|
|CONDITIONING AND LEARNING|
|EMOTION AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE|
|BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR|
|Cluster B Applied/Lab and Speciality Course Requirements–choose at least three of the following||11-15|
|COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS|
|TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS|
|COMPUTERIZATION RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN PSYCHOLOGY|
|DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR|
|COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN|
|CARE AND CUSTODY OF FEMALE OFFENDERS|
|PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM|
|STRESS AND COPING|
|COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY|
|HAPPINESS AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY|
|TRAUMA: THEORY, ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT|
|INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT|
|PREJUDICE AND STEREOTYPING|
|WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR (may be counted as a cluster course or elective as approved by the department chair)|
|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|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- design and conduct studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods;
- develop ethical and evidence-derived decision-making;
- evaluate the appropriateness of design, statistical analyses and conclusions derived from psychological research;
- recognize and understand major perspectives of psychology;
- use APA style effectively in empirically based reports, literature reviews and theoretical papers.