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The Psychology degree program provides students with the foundational education they will need to obtain employment with a bachelor’s degree or to pursue graduate education in psychology, counseling, or occupational therapy. Students with a bachelor’s degree in psychology have a broad range of career options available to them, including social services, human resources, marketing, and many more.

An undergraduate major in psychology is not the terminal degree in the field and does not in itself prepare an individual for a career as a psychologist. Students who choose to obtain graduate degrees are able to become licensed professional counselors or psychologists, as well as to work in research or academic settings.

Program Outcomes

Most Psychology students pursue graduate study at both the Master’s and Doctorate levels for careers in clinical, research, and therapeutic psychology. Others find job placements in social services or market research.

Current Psychology Student Mario Giamporcaro

Why Psychology?
Degree Requirements Open Close

Major: Psychology
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Dept: Behavioral Sciences
School: Education and Behavioral Sciences
Major Code: 042

GENERAL EDUCATION (44 Semester hours)

Communications (9 Hours)
1.English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
2.Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 Hours)
1.Political Science (POSC 1513)
2.American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
3.Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
4. Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 Hours)
1.Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114 or 1404)
2.Physical Sciences (CHEM 1004, 1114, 1315; PHYS 1114, 2015; PSCI 1114, 1214, or 1414)
3. Mathematics (MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 1613, 2013, 2113, 2143, 2215, or 2283)
4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 Hours)
1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
2. Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
3. Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN1113; GERM1113; SPAN1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Psychology (40 Semester Hours)

PSY 1113 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 3033 Introduction to Research and Writing in
PSY 3313 Statistics in Behavioral Sciences
PSY 3433 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 4313 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 4353 Psychological Testing
PSY 4393 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 4980 (one hour) Seminar
One of the following courses:
PSY 4443 Interviewing Skills
PSY 4453 Advanced Research Methods
One of the following courses:
PSY 4543 Field Experience in Psychology
PSY 4553 Advanced Research Project

Diversity component – one of the following (3 hours)
PSY 3243 Psychology of Aging
PSY 3413 Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSY 3493 Psychology of Women
PSY 3523 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 3833 Psychology of Religion

Nine elective hours selected from the following courses:
PSY 2113 Psychology of Adjustment
PSY 3353 Psychology of Learning
PSY 3363 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 3373 Psychology of Personality
PSY 3393 Social Psychology
PSY 3413 Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSY 3513 Health Psychology
PSY 4323 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 4373 Physiological Psychology

Only one of the following courses may be used for the psychology major:
PSY 2243 Introduction to Human Development
PSY 3123 Child and Adolescent Development for Education Majors
PSY 3213 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 3233 Psychology of Adolescence

Exception: Students with double majors approved by the Department of Behavioral Science will be permitted to waive nine semester hours of electives in psychology.

Minor Requirements Open Close

Minor (18 Semester Hours)

PSY 1113 Introduction to Psychology

One of the following:
PSY 3353 Psychology of Learning
PSY 3373 Psychology of Personality
PSY 4313 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 4373 Physiological Psychology

Twelve elective hours selected in consultation with an advisor in the Department of Behavioral Science.