May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Psychology (B.A., B.S.)

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Program Summary

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology are designed to prepare students for a wide-array of professional careers that emphasize the importance of working with and understanding people. The courses in these degrees are designed to build progressively upon each other as students begin with more general psychology courses, advance through a variety of methods courses with labs, and then finalize their degree with a Capstone course. Throughout this progression, students complete courses covering the major subfields of study in psychology including abnormal, developmental, cognitive, social/personality, biological, and diversity psychology. These degrees are optimal for 1) students planning to pursue an advanced degree in psychology, in areas such as counseling, clinical, and research psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, etc.), and 2) students wanting to pursue a career immediately upon graduation in a field other than mental-health. Students wanting to pursue a career working in a helping profession (e.g., mental-health) immediately upon graduating with their B.A.or B.S. should consider pursuing the Psychology - Human Services Emphasis (B.A., B.S.) .

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • No more than 12 lower-division credits (1000- and 2000-level courses) may be counted toward the total major credits.
  • Students may count up to three (3) credits of internship credit (PSY 4890 ) toward the major requirements.
  • Exceptions to the requirements below require departmental approval. Students are encouraged to work closely with their Student Success Advisor to develop their program of study.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)

Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Psychology Curriculum (45 Credits)

Foundation Courses (10 Credits)


* A given lecture/lab pairing may not be broken up or taken separately.

** PSY 3410  & PSY 3415  are strongly recommended as a prerequisite for PSY 4930  & PSY 4935 .

Developmental Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:


PSY 1100 - Lifespan Development  is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for these developmental courses.

Abnormal Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Bio-Psychology Course (3 Credits)

Select at least three credits from among the following:


*** Students may take PSY 4510 - Brain and Behavior  and take one of the associated labs (PSY 4515  or PSY 4525 ), both labs, or neither lab.

**** Students may not take a lab (PSY 4515  or PSY 4525 ) without registering for the class PSY 4510 - Brain and Behavior .

Cognitive Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Social/Personality Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Diversity Course (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Free Electives (24-48 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120

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