The Psychology major is designed to provide the student a broadly based program in behavioral science. The psychology major may be pursued as a component of a general liberal arts background, as preparation for a variety of service oriented occupations, or as a basis for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Starting in 2019-20, Psychology is offered as Bachelor of Science (BS) or Applied Baccalaureate (AB) degree. The Psychology Major is the same in both the BS and AB degrees.


For a BS in Psychology a total of 180 credits are needed, comprised of 56 credits in psychology, 55 credits of general education requirements, 27 credits for an optional minor, and 42 credits of general electives.

For students completing the BS degree, in addition to the major, the student is encouraged to select a minor (typically 27 credit hours) in a field that will support and broaden one’s intended use of psychology. Specific courses in the minor are selected with the help of an advisor in the minor field.

Students earning the BS degree in psychology are also required to take MTH 105 or higher.

General Education Courses 55
Psychology Major 56
Electives/Other Requirements 42
Minor 27
Total Degree 180


Students earning an AB degree follow specific AB degree requirements. For more information, see your psychology advisor.



The psychology major requires a total of 56 credit hours, including a 36-hour core and 20 hours of electives. Of the 56 credits, 40 credits must be upper division (maximum 16 credits of lower division) taken in psychology or selected gerontology courses.

Required Core – 36 hrs –(required of all psychology majors)

PSY 201 & 202 General Psychology 8
PSY 301W Introduction to Research Methods 4
PSY 311 Developmental Psychology 4
PSY 334 Social Psychology 4
PSY 360 Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 467 Quantitative Methods 4
PSY 468 Research Methods 4
PSY 443, 445, 446, 447, 448 or 449 Industrial Organizational Psychology (choose 1) 4


Additional Electives – 20 hrs

Students should choose these additional 20 hours with an advisor’s assistance. Maximum 4 credits of P/NC coursework can count as electives in the psychology major.  PSY 410 cannot be counted as an elective in the psychology major.  (See Course descriptions to find out more about individual courses)


1. For students catalog years 2013-2015, students must apply and be approved for admission to the Psychology Major. Please consult your psychology advisor for more information or to set an appointment.

To be admitted, students must provide evidence that they have:

a. Sophomore standing

b. Completed PSY 201, 202, and 301W or equivalent courses

c. A G.P.A. of 2.67 or higher in all psychology courses

d. An overall G.P.A. of 2.50 or higher

2.  For students starting in catalog year 2016 +, the requirements are as follows.  There is no formal application to the Psychology major. Psychology majors must have a grade of C- or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements. Note that there are different math and computer science requirements depending on catalog year. For more information, see your psychology advisor.

3. It is extremely important to consult with an advisor in psychology to plan the most appropriate and efficient sequence of courses.



Psi Chi, the National Honorary Society in Psychology, is open to qualified majors and minors in psychology. See the Psi Chi advisor for more information.



The goal of the Psychology Program is to prepare students for success in their chosen occupation and/or for further advanced study.  To find out how well we were meeting this goal, we surveyed majors who graduated from the Psychology program between 2001-2010.

Overall, Alumni were satisfied with their experiences with over 90% being satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of instruction received, accessibility of psychology faculty, and interactions with psychology faculty, and overall experience with the psychology major.

When asked about employment, 86% of Alumni indicated that they were currently working or volunteering.  Alumni reported working in a variety of occupational fields with diverse job titles including social worker, geriatric care manager, adolescent counselor, attorney, teacher, registered nurse and physician’s assistant.

When asked about further education, 38% of Alumni reported that they were in the process of or had completed further education, with the majority completing a Master’s degree.  Receiving a degree in psychology prepared Alumni to succeed in diverse graduate programs in social work, clinical/counseling, education, business, law and medical fields.

Combined, these results suggest that an undergraduate degree in psychology prepared graduates to take on a wide range of advanced educational and occupational opportunities.


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