Major in Psychology
A common set of core courses is required of all Psychology majors. The specific interests and career goals of each student determine the remainder of the program. 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.
The major in Psychology requires a minimum of 38 semester hours including a course in each of the nine following core areas (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 1710 or MATH 1730 . Two minors are required. Students may choose a psychology minor offered by the department, but this is not required. At least one minor, however, must be from outside the department.
NOTE: Major in Psychology (Online) - Students who are interested in pursuing an online Psychology major should see the University College Website or office.
Core Area, Required Courses
General, PSY 1410
Seminar on Careers in Psychology, PSY 2000
Social, PSY 2210
Developmental, PSY 2300
Statistics, PSY 3020
Research Methods, PSY 3070 /PSY 3071
Abnormal/Personality, PSY 3230 or PSY 3590
Sensation-Perception or Behavioral Neuroscience, PSY 4030 or PSY 4240
Cognition/Learning, PSY 4040 or PSY 4480
Pre-graduate School Concentration
Students who apply for the Pre-graduate School concentration should be those who will be competitive applicants for Ph.D. or competitive master’s programs. GPA is an important consideration for admission to these programs. A subcommittee of the Undergraduate Studies Committee will screen students applying for the concentration, and students will be admitted to the program only upon approval of their application. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for application.
To graduate with this concentration, students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.25. It is recommended that students apply for admission to this concentration between the completion of 45 and 60 hours. The Pre-graduate School concentration requires 41 semester hours of psychology and one minor from outside the Department of Psychology.