Psychology Major (Bachelor of Arts)

The psychology curriculum is sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of students preparing for a wide range of careers in the behavioral sciences or in related professions that involve working with people. Primary emphasis is placed on the applied dynamics of human behavior and relationships rather than on animal or laboratory psychology.

The major requirements and cognate courses are intended to provide a scientific base on which a balanced program of electives may be built in accordance with the individual needs and interests of each student.

Although specific requirements for admission to graduate programs in most universities will be met by the general major, the student should realize that graduate work may be impeded or prolonged in certain areas of psychology if special preparation is not obtained at the undergraduate level. For this reason, students who plan to continue academic work in psychology beyond the bachelor's degree are urged to consult with their advisors very early in their university careers.

A student majoring in psychology must complete 51 quarter hours in the major, the required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Senior students are required to take the Major Field Test (MFT) in psychology.

Required Courses:

PSYC 120Introduction to The Psychology Major

0

PSYC 140Introduction to Psychology: Social Foundations

4

PSYC 141Introduction to Psychology: Biological Foundations

4

PSYC 215Developmental Psychology

4

PSYC 344Social Psychology

4

PSYC 366Theories of Personality

4

PSYC 390Cognitive Psychology

4

PSYC 455History and Systems of Psychology

4

PSYC 466Biological Psychology

4

PSYC 471Research Methods I: Design and Statistics

2

PSYC 472Research Methods II: Project Development

2

PSYC 473Research Methods III: Research Project

2

PSYC 492Abnormal Psychology

4

PSYC 495Colloquium: Orientation to Career and Graduate School

0

Electives (6 credits must be upper division)

9

Total Credit Hours:51

Electives must be upper division and chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

Cognates:

BIOL 121Anatomy and Physiology

4

and

BIOL 122Anatomy and Physiology

4

and

BIOL 123Anatomy and Physiology

4

or

BIOL 141General Biology

4

BIOL 142General Biology

4

BIOL 143General Biology

4

MATH 106Introduction to Statistics

4

PHIL 204Essentials of Critical Reasoning

4

or

PHIL 205Introduction to Philosophy

4

Advanced courses may be substituted.