Psychology B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides our most comprehensive education in the field of psychology. Relative to those who acquire a B.A. degree, students who earn the B.S. degree will receive more advanced training in research methodology and statistical analysis along with a more thorough understanding of the natural sciences. This degree is strongly recommended for students who are planning to attend graduate school. Students who are considering a career involving therapy or social work are strongly encouraged to complete the minor in Counseling along with the psychology degree.


Recommended Schedule

A recommended course sequence for Psychology B.S. is provided for students as guidance to complete their major in four years.

Core Curriculum (35-48)

English (3-8 credits)

Refer to the English section of the Core Curriculum

Study and Technology Skills (0-3 credits)

Refer to the Study and Technology Skills section of the Core Curriculum

Mathematics (4 credits)

Mathematics requirement should be completed by the end of a student’s sophomore year.

MATH 181Calculus I


Natural Sciences (10-12 credits)

One course in Biological Science (prefix: BIOL)

One course in Physical Science (prefix: AST, CHEM, or PHYS)

One course in Earth Science (prefix: GEOG – excluding GEOG 106, GEOL, ENV, or NRES)

Among the above requirements, one course must include a laboratory component.

Social Sciences (3 credits)

SOC 101Principles of Sociology



ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Fine Arts (3 credits)

Refer to the Fine Arts section of the Core Curriculum

Humanities (6 credits)

Refer to the Humanities section of the Core Curriculum

Constitution (3-6 credits)

Refer to the Constitution section of the Core Curriculum

Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

Refer to the Cultural Diversity section of the Core Curriculum

Additional College requirements (6 credits)

Students must earn a C- or higher in courses used to fulfill the additional college requirements below.
PHIL 102Critical Thinking and Reasoning


Another Social Science Course: ANTH, COM (except 101 or 250), COU, CRJ (except 301 or 302), ECON (except 261 or 262), PSC, SOC (except 210 or 240), WMST


For the Additional Social Science course, choose a different prefix from the core social science course above.

Major Requirements (45)

Introductory course (3 credits)

PSY 101General Psychology


Methods (6 credits)

PSY 210Introduction to Statistical Methods


PSY 240Introduction to Research Methods


Methods courses are only offered as in-person courses. These courses should be completed by the end of a student’s sophomore year.

Foundations and Principles (15 credits)

Group I
Choose three courses from the following:
PSY 403Physiological Psychology


PSY 405Perception


PSY 416Cognitive Psychology


PSY 420Psychology of Learning


Group II
Choose two courses from the following:
PSY 201Lifespan Development


PSY 435Personality


PSY 441Abnormal Psychology


PSY 460Social Psychology


Applied Methods and Specific Populations (6 credits)

Choose two courses from the following:
PSY 307Principles of Educational Psychology


PSY 450Industrial & Organizational Psychology


PSY 466Psychology of Sex


PSY 468Psychology of Inequality


PSY 469Psychology and the Legal System


PSY 470Health Psychology


PSY 481Principles of Psychological Assessment


COU 320Drugs and Behavior


Direct Learning (3 credits)

Only offered in-person. Fall and Spring semesters only.

PSY 375Advanced Undergraduate Research


Psychology Electives (12 credits)

Except for PSY 101 and PSY 210, all psychology courses, including those listed above, may be considered electives. At least 18 credits in the major field must be upper division.

Summary of credit requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology

 College Core Curriculum
 Additional College Requirements
 Major Requirements
 Electives (at least 21 credits must be Upper Division)
 Total Credits