The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

B.A. in Psychology

Psychology allows students to study and analyze the thoughts and behaviors of human beings, with an emphasis on the individual rather than the group. Students learn the various methods used in psychological research and data interpretation.

Graduates with a B.A. in Psychology can consider a wide range of careers at the entry level in the field of psychology or a related field such as education. Some careers will require further study and/or training after completion of the degree.


Students must complete 92 credits (excluding freshman requirements) for the major, of which 34 are from the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 3 credits in Applied Statistics, 45 in psychology courses (30 in the Major Core Requirements and 15 in psychology electives), and 10 in the free electives.

Liberal Arts Curriculum* (34 credits)

See the Liberal Arts Curriculum page for details.

* Potential courses: psychology of gender, positive psychology, cultural psychology, motor development, psychology in the community, human sexuality, eating disorders, etc.

Major core requirements (30 credits)

Number Course Cr
PSY201 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY234 Development Across the Life Span  (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY245 Research Methods I   (prerequisite Psy 201) 3
PSY295 Theories of Learning  (prerequisite PSY201)  3
PSY322 Mind and Behavior     (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY345 Research Methods II  (prerequisite PSY245) 3
PSY355 Biological Basis of Behavior  (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY425 Abnormal Psychology  (prerequisite PSY201, PSY320) 3
PSY466 Counseling Theories  (prerequisite PSY425) 3
PSY499 Senior study (prerequisite: PSY204,senior standing) 3

Psychology electives (15 credits)

Choose five out of the below nine courses:

Number Course Cr
PSY202 Child Psychology 3
PSY203 Psychology of Youth  (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY204 Social Psychology (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY256 Sensation and Perception (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY267 Cultural Psychology (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY311 Exceptional Child 3
PSY320 Theories of Personality (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY335 Industrial Organizational Psychology (prerequisite PSY201) 3
PSY498 Topics in Psychology (prerequisite PSY201) 3

STA302 Applied Statistics (3 credits)

Free electives (10 credits)


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