Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Programs
Psychology - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

    Students who are enrolled in the Psychology major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Psychology may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that totals 8 credits and consists of the following courses: (a) one course in Biological Science; (b) one course in Chemistry or one course in Physics (numbered 181B or higher); and (c) laboratory experience in biological or physical science totaling 2 credits. Courses taken for the alternative track may not be counted toward the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.

    The completion of Mathematics 124 or 132. It may satisfy the University mathematics requirement or the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT, but not both.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Psychology major is met by completing one of the following courses:  Psychology 401, 402, 405, 409, 410, 411, 413, 424, 440, 441, 455, 475 or 493. Those courses are referenced in item 3. e. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The completion of the science and mathematics courses referenced in item 4. below may also be used to satisfy the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (referenced in section II. C. under the heading Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in the College statement.)
  3. The following requirements for the major (31 or 32 credits):
    a. All of the following courses:    
      PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
      PSY 295 Data Analysis in Psychological Research 3
      PSY 395 Research Design and Measurement in Psychological Research 3
    b. One of the following courses:  
      PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
      PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
    c. One of the following courses:  
      PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
      PSY 236 Personality   3
      PSY 244 Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood 3
    d. One of the following courses:  
      PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
      PSY 270 Community Psychology 3
      PSY 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
    e. One of the following courses:  
      PSY 401 Expertise and Skill (W) 3
      PSY 402 Sensation and Perception (W) 3
      PSY 405 History of Modern Psychology (W) 3
      PSY 409 Psychobiology of Behavioral Development (W) 3
      PSY 410 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (W) 3
      PSY 411 Hormones and Behavior (W) 3
      PSY 413 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (W) 4
      PSY 424 Child and Family Psychopathology (W) 3
      PSY 440 Attitudes and Social Cognition (W) 3
      PSY 441 Interpersonal Behavior and Groups (W) 3
      PSY 455 Organizational Research Techniques (W) 3
      PSY 475 Personality Theories (W) 3
      PSY 493 Issues in Psychology (W) 3
    f. Electives in Psychology     9
  4. Other Required Courses (15 credits):
    Fifteen additional credits in science and mathematics from the College of Natural Science beyond the courses used to satisfy the University mathematics and alternative track requirements, and including at  least one course selected from the following areas:
    Animal Behavior          
    ZOL 313 Animal Behavior     3
    ZOL 355 Ecology         3
    ZOL 415 Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior (W) 3
    ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    ZOL 445 Evolution (W)       3
    ZOL 402 Neurobiology     3
    ZOL 430 Neuroendocrine Aspects of Behavior 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    PSL 431 Human Physiology I   3

Honors Opportunities

Several courses are especially suitable for students pursuing honors programs in psychology. Periodically an honors section of a regularly scheduled course may be offered. Qualified students may also seek to take any course in the department with an H–option by making advance arrangement with the instructor.