Psychology - BS

All psychology majors receive a rigorous program of undergraduate education and training that encourages critical thinking, lifelong learning, and the analysis and integration of information about individuals and groups of people. The curriculum leading to a degree in psychology provides students with an understanding of human behavior and the ability to use scientific methods to answer questions about human behavior.

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 BA degree requires courses in a foreign language and extra humanities hours, whereas the BS degree requires additional hours in the physical and biological sciences.

Students interested in studying human behavior, with a science-oriented supporting curriculum, pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. The BS can successfully prepare students interested in further study in a science-oriented psychology graduate program (such as neuroscience) or medical school, or other health-related graduate and professional programs (e.g., pharmacy, physical therapy), as well as students interested in entry-level positions in business or applied psychology.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
PSYC 105 First Semester Experience 1
PSYC 107 Introduction to Psychology 3
American history 3
Mathematics 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PSYC 245 Introduction to Psychological Science Methods 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
American history 3
Creative arts 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
PSYC 235/NRSC 235 Introduction to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Black Psychology  
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Minority Experience  
Psychology of Culture and Diversity  
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality  
Psychology of Women  
Psychology of Women of Color  
Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations  
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 1 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PSYC 301 Elementary Statistics for Psychology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of Adjustment  
Abnormal Psychology  
Developmental Psychology  
Social Psychology  
History and Systems of Psychology  
Psychology of Adolescence  
Personality  
Organizational Psychology  
Personnel Psychology  
Psychology of Aging  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PSYC 302 Research Methods and Design in Psychology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of Animal Behavior  
Sensation-Perception  
Neuroscience of Learning and Memory  
Biology of Psychological Disorders  
Drugs and Behavior  
Psychology of Learning  
Human Cognitive Processes  
Cognitive Neuroscience  
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine  
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Additional Science elective 3 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of Animal Behavior  
Sensation-Perception  
Neuroscience of Learning and Memory  
Biology of Psychological Disorders  
Drugs and Behavior  
Psychology of Learning  
Human Cognitive Processes  
Cognitive Neuroscience  
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine  
Social and behavioral sciences 2 3
Additional Science elective 3 3
Psychology elective 4 3
General elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of Adjustment  
Abnormal Psychology  
Developmental Psychology  
Social Psychology  
History and Systems of Psychology  
Psychology of Adolescence  
Personality  
Organizational Psychology  
Personnel Psychology  
Psychology of Aging  
Additional Science elective 3 3
Additional Science elective 3 3
Psychology elective 4 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted in the major field.

No course can be counted in more than one category.

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.