College of Liberal Arts

Curricula in Psychology

Students majoring in psychology may earn either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The psychology course requirements for the two degrees are identical; they differ with respect to the requirements in other disciplines. For example, the B.A. degree requires courses in a foreign language and extra humanities hours, whereas the B.S. degree requires additional hours in the physical and biological sciences. The two degrees are offered to allow students to complete their non-psychology course of study in fields of greatest interest to them. Thus, students who have stronger interests in the sciences would probably pursue the B.S. degree, while those with stronger interests in foreign language and the humanities would pursue the B.A. degree.

Both degrees provide students with the necessary curriculum requirements to pursue graduate study in psychology in most institutions, as well as other professional fields such as law. Students planning to apply to medical schools are advised to select the B.S. degree program.

Students who qualify for the University Honors Program should contact the Department of Psychology about the department's own honors program which places an emphasis on small classes and independent research experience.

A non-psychology minor is optional for psychology majors. If chosen, a minor must consist of 15–18 credit hours, no more than 9 of which may be lower division and must be declared before the student completes 75 credit hours. No more than 6 hours from the minor may be used to fulfill other Core requirements. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted in the major or minor field. A psychology minor is available for non-psychology majors (see below). A neuroscience minor is available to both psychology and non-psychology majors. For more information about Psychology undergraduate programs, please visit the Department Web site at