Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Students must complete the following courses in addition to the general education requirements.  All students must attain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major in order to graduate.

  Semester Hours
Introductory Courses (3-4 hours)
PSY 110, Psychology as a Social Science or 3
PSY 120, Psychology as a Natural Science 4
 

Survey Courses (12 hours)

Psychology majors develop an understanding of behavior from various psychological perspectives.
PSY 200, Effective Behavior 3
PSY 323, Learning 3
Two courses outside their chosen area(s) of concentrated study 6
 

Research Methods in Psychology (14 hours)

Majors gain a thorough grounding in the techniques psychologists use to evaluate scientific hypotheses and programs that apply the principles of psychology in the clinic, school, workplace, or home.
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics 3
PSY 288, Computing in Psychology 2
PSY 333, Research Practicum I 3
PSY 334, Research Practicum II 3
PSY 338, Research Design 3
 
Concentrated Study (9-12 hours per area)
Majors satisfy the concentrated study in psychology requirement by completing at least one of the following clusters of courses:
   

Requirements for Concentrated Study in Applied Behavior Analysis

 
PSY 206, Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 306, Principles of Professional Conduct in Psychology 3
PSY 401, Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Total 9

Requirements for Concentrated Study in Biological Psychology

 
PSY 205, Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 315, Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 387, Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 395, Animal Behavior 3
Total 12

Requirements for Concentrated Study in Cognitive Science

 
PSY 232, Designing User-centered Websites 3
PSY 332, Evaluating Website Usability 3
PSY 373, Memory and Cognition 3
PSY 387, Sensation and Perception 3
Total 12

Requirements for Concentrated Study in Counseling and Clinical Psychology

 
PSY 305, Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 309, Personality Theory 3
PSY 325, Helping Relations 3
PSY 466, Psychological Measurements 3
Total 12

Integrative Senior Year Experience (9 hours)

This year-long endeavor ensures majors understand the history of psychology, know the major theoretical systems proposed, and integrate successfully the various facts and theories of psychology learned to this point.
PSY 444, Senior Seminar I 3
PSY 445, History and Systems 3
PSY 446, Senior Seminar II 3
Total 9

Four-Year Recommended Course Sequence for the Major in Psychology

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
PSY 110 Psychology as a Social Science (fall and spring) PSY 288, Computing in Psychology (fall)
PSY 120, Psychology as a Natural Science (spring) PSY 323, Learning (fall)
PSY 200, Effective Behavior (spring) PSY 333, Research Practicum I (fall)
PSY 206, Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (spring) PSY 338, Research Design (fall)
  PSY 334, Research Practicum II (spring)
  PSY 387, Sensation and Perception (spring)
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics (fall and spring) PSY 445, History and Systems (fall)
PSY 200, Effective Behavior (spring) PSY 465, Senior Research (fall through spring)
PSY 206, Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (spring) PSY 446, Senior Seminar in Psychology (spring)
PSY Electives PSY Concentrated study courses (300-400 level)
  PSY Concentrated study courses (300-400 level)