Psychology, Bachelor of Science

To obtain a B.S. with a major in Psychology, a student must fulfill university, college, and departmental requirements. Hour requirements follow:

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses
  • 12-19 hours college breadth requirement
  • 50 hours of major courses
  • 2-12 hours of electives

TOTAL HOURS: 120

Requirements

The psychology major requires 35 psychology credits, 27 credits of which must be upper-division. Additional B.S. requirements include completion of 15 hours of cognate coursework, as detailed below.

Core Courses 1
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
PSYC 1020INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSYC 2000CAREER PATHS IN PSYCHOLOGY1
PSYC 3130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
PSYC 3140METHODS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INQUIRY3
Psychology Distribution Requirements
Select four courses from the Psychology Distribution Areas as outlined below.12
Upper-Level Psychology Laboratory Courses
Select one of the following:3
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: LEARNING
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: COGNITION
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR LABORATORY
LABORATORY IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
SENIOR THESIS 2
Upper-Level Psychology Electives
Two additional 3-credit hour 3000- or 4000-level Psychology courses are required. These may be selected from the Psychology Distribution Requirements, the Labs, or any other 3000- or 4000- level Psychology courses offered.6
Additional B.S. Requirements (Cognate) Courses listed below.15
Total Credits50

Psychology Distribution Areas

Four courses (12 credit hours) are required, one course (3 credit hours) each from four of the following five areas.

Applied Psychology
PSYC 3510EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4020LEARNING3
PSYC 4310PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING3
PSYC 4510PSYCHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOLS3
PSYC 4560FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4610HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING3
PSYC 4630ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4640PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY3
Social/Personality/Developmental Psychology
PSYC/SOC 3450SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3520CHILD PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3540ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4450PERSONALITY THEORIES3
Mental Health
PSYC 3410CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3430PERSONALITY AND ADJUSTMENT3
PSYC 4440ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4590PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN3
PSYC 4800LAW & PSYCHOLOGY: ETHICS, RESEARCH & SERVICE3
Cognitive/Neuroscience
PSYC 4070COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4090COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 4210SENSATION AND PERCEPTION3
PSYC 4230BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC/BIOL 4270ANIMAL BEHAVIOR3
PSYC/BIOL 4320HORMONES & BEHAVIOR3
PSYC 4520PSYCHOLINGUISTICS3
Additional Perspectives
PSYC 4010HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC/PSCI 4110POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4250/PHIL 3250LIMITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS3
PSYC 4960INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY 11-6
PSYC 4990SENIOR THESIS 23
PHIL 3650PHILOSOPHY OF MIND3
Cognate Coursework
Students pursuing a BS in psychology must complete 15 credit hours of a cognate set of courses. Students will select one of the five cognate sets below. Course selection must include at least three different departments or programs. No more than 6 hours of courses may be at the 1000 level, with the remaining 9 hours taken at the 2000 level or above. Six (6) hours of cognate coursework may double count with General Education requirements. Students may take a minor in place of the cognate under the following circumstances: 1) Students pursuing Option 1 College Requirements, which requires a minor, must take a second minor to satisfy the cognate requirement; OR 2) Students pursuing Option 2 College Requirements, which require additional general education courses, may add a minor to satisfy the cognate requirement.
Advocacy, Ethics, Social Justice & Law
BUSINESS ETHICS
PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS
ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
PERSUASIVE SPEAKING
SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
PHILOSOPHY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRIMINAL LAW
RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
WOMEN, CRIME AND JUSTICE
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & REGULATIONS
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY SINCE 1860
ANGLO-AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY
CRITICAL REASONING
INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY
INTRODUCTION TO LAW
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES
REAL ESTATE LAW
INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ STUDIES
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Artistic and Literary Perspectives
ART APPRECIATION
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1850
GENDER & SEXUALITY IN MODERN ART
SURVEY OF BLACK LITERATURE
MUSIC AND THE BLACK EXPERIENCE
CONTEMPORARY NOVEL (EMPHASIS ON BLACK WRITERS)
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
AMERICAN NONFICTION
AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY SINCE 1865
INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE
VALUES AND VIRTUES
PHILOSOPHY OF ART
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE
INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS
RELIGION AND CRITICAL THOUGHT
FILM HISTORY AND APPRECIATION
THEATRE HISTORY AND LITERATURE:MODERN / 1850-2000
CREATIVE WRITING FOR THE ARTS
Global Culture & Diverse Populations
CROSS-CULTURAL SURVEY OF ART
INTRODUCTION TO BLACK STUDIES
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II: EMANCIPATION TO BROWN
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY III: FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO MODERN DAY
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
COMMUNICATING RACE, ETHNICITY & IDENTITY
RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
ETHNIC LITERATURE
BLACK SHORT STORY
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATINO/A LITERATURE
IRISH LITERATURE I
IRISH LITERATURE II
INTRODUCTION TO TRIBAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL HEALTH
LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION
INTRO TO CHICANO-LATINO STUDIES: SOCIAL SCIENCES
MUSIC OF THE PEOPLE:THE WORLD
RELIGION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS IN THE U.S.
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE UNITED STATES
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
Health and Science Explorations
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL CAREERS & ETHICS
BIOLOGY I
BIOLOGY II
ART AND SCIENCE OF MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING
GENETICS
INTRODUCTION TO IMMUNOLOGY
GENES, BRAIN, AND BEHAVIOR
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY
BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF AGING
HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING
FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
HEALTHFUL LIVING
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY
PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY
PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY
MAY CHOOSE only 1 of the following MATH courses:
CALCULUS FOR THE MANAGERIAL, LIFE, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
CALCULUS FOR BIOMEDICINE
CALCULUS I
INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE I
HUMAN VALUES IN MEDICINE
PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL SCIENCE
SPIRITUALITY AND WELLNESS
Work Technology & Communication
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
PRESENTATION & INTERVIEW ANXIETY REDUCTION TECHNIQUES
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO)
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MACRO)
ECONOMICS OF TECHNOLOGY
WRITING FOR THE WORKPLACE
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PRINCIPLES OF COLLABORATION
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY
SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
WORK AND SOCIETY

Optional Concentrations

Psychology majors may declare a concentration in any one of the following seven areas. Each concentration is a minimum of 12 credit hours. A concentration is optional, and only one concentration may be declared. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Concentration in Cognitive Science

PSYC 4070COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 4090 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
Select three of the following:9
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
LIMITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
Total Credits12

Concentration in Developmental Psychology

PSYC 3520CHILD PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3540ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY3
Select two of the following:6
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
LABORATORY IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Developmental Psychology topic)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (Developmental Psychology topic)
SENIOR THESIS (Developmental Psychology topic)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

PSYC 4800LAW & PSYCHOLOGY: ETHICS, RESEARCH & SERVICE3
PSYC 4560FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY3
Select two of the following:6
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Total Credits12

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSYC 4630ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4640PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY3
Select two of the following:6
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING
HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Industrial/Organizational Psychology topic)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (Industrial/Organizational Psychology topic)
SENIOR THESIS (Industrial/Organizational Psychology topic)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Mental Health

PSYC 3410CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4440ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Select two of the following:6
PERSONALITY AND ADJUSTMENT
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
PERSONALITY THEORIES
MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Mental Health topic)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (Mental Health topic)
SENIOR THESIS (Mental Health topic)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior

Select two of the following:6
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
HORMONES & BEHAVIOR
Select two of the following not fulfilled above:6
LEARNING
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: LEARNING
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
LIMITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
LABORATORY IN PSYCHOLOGY: BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR LABORATORY
HORMONES & BEHAVIOR
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (Neuroscience topic)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Neuroscience topic)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (Neuroscience topic)
SENIOR THESIS
Total Credits12

Concentration in School Psychology

PSYC 3510EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4590PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN3
Select two of the following:6
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING
Total Credits12