Oct 28, 2020  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology, B.S.


Psychology  
615-898-5451
Michelle Boyer-Pennington, program coordinator
Michelle.Boyer-Pennington@mtsu.edu

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.

Two minors are required. Students may choose a specialty 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.

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.)

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.

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

Academic Map


Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Psychology, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements


General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 38 hours*
Supporting Course 3-4 hours*
Minor 1 15-18 hours
Minor 2 15-18 hours
Electives 1-8 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase. 

General Education (41 hours)


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

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (38 hours)


A grade of C- or above is required for all major core coursework.

Supporting Course (3-4 hours)


Minor 1 (15-18 hours)


Minor 2 (15-18 hours)


Electives (1-8 hours)


Curriculum: Psychology


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

Freshman


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