Dec 02, 2022  
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.

Department of Psychology  
Michelle Boyer-Pennington, program coordinator

The major in Psychology requires a minimum of 38 semester hours including a 26-hour core (with a grade of C- or above) plus 12 additional hours of psychology electives (at least 9 hours upper division). To meet the Mathematics General Education requirement, Psychology majors must take MATH 1530 MATH 1710 MATH 1730 , or a math course higher than MATH 1730. Two minors are required. Students may choose a minor offered by the department, but this is not required. At least one minor, however, must be from outside the department. The specific interests and career goals of each student determine the remainder of the program. A minimum of 9 psychology upper-division hours from the set of “Required Core Classes” and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be taken at MTSU.

The curriculum is arranged to provide familiarity with scientific bases of psychology for students preparing for careers in a variety of professions; the knowledge and skills necessary for graduate work in psychology; and the academic preparation and technical skills for students who plan to work in health-related, business and/or research settings after completing their undergraduate work.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy for the Psychology major. To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not to include learning support courses);
  2. completed the following General Education requirements: ENGL 1010; ENGL 1020; MATH 1530, MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or higher; and a science course (preferably a biology course) with a minimum 2.00 GPA;
  3. completed the following psychology courses: PSY 1410, PSY 2000, and PSY 2210 or PSY 2300 with a minimum 2.00 GPA. (A grade of C- or better is required in PSY 1410, PSY 2210, and PSY 2300.)

Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the end of the Fall and Spring semesters and after the end of the Summer term. Students will have required advising every semester until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.

The application for admission to candidacy is an online application. Applications should be submitted by students the semester after they have completed the above requirements. All forms should be submitted to the department advisor.

NOTE: Students should follow the recommended sequence of courses for the freshman year on the academic map.

Curriculum: Psychology

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


First Semester

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Year

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Junior Year

  • Psychology required core course 3 credit hours
  • Psychology elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 15 credit hours
  • General elective hours 2-6 credit hours

Subtotal: 26-30 Hours

Senior Year

  • Psychology required core course 3 credit hours
  • Psychology elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 9 credit hours
  • General electives 7-12 hours

Subtotal: 25-30 Hours

Total Hours in Program: 120