Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs

In addition, students wishing to declare Psychology as a major must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Academic Requirements

All prerequisites for required Psychology courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Students who audit or are unable to earn a minimum grade of C in a lower-division (100- or 200-level) PSY course may repeat the course two additional times on a space-available basis. Students who audit or wish to repeat an upper-division (300- or 400-level) PSY course may repeat the course one additional time on a space-available basis. Students repeating a course are required to complete all components of that course during the semester in which the course is retaken. When repeating a course with a lecture and laboratory component, both components must be repeated.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
PSY A111Introduction to Psychology3
PSY A150Lifespan Development3
PSY A200Introduction to Behavior Analysis3
PSY A260Statistics for Psychology3
PSY A260LStatistics for Psychology Lab1
PSY A261
Research Methods in Psychology
and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
PSY A345Abnormal Psychology3
PSY A356
Psychology of Learning
and Psychology of Learning Laboratory
PSY A370Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSY A375Social Psychology3
Psychology Capstone Requirement *3
Each capstone option is designed to synthesize and apply material from the Psychology major. Choice of a capstone should be based, at least in part, on the student’s future career plans. Students planning to work in human service jobs following graduation should consider taking PSY A495A. Students planning on graduate work in Psychology should consider taking PSY A412, PSY A420 or PSY A499. Students may elect to take all of these courses as upper-division electives.
History of Psychology
Conducting Research in Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology Practicum
Senior Thesis
Developing Psychological Research
Psychology Electives9
Take an additional 9 credits of upper-division Psychology courses.
Writing and the Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics3
College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
Elementary Statistics
Introductory Biology
Principles and Methods in Biology
Additional Electives17
Take three Social Science GERs outside of Psychology
Take an 8-credit sequence of a world language or American Sign Language from the GER list
Total Credits68-71

All of the psychology capstone courses have rigorous prerequisites. Minimum grades of C in these prerequisites are required for admission into the capstone courses. See course descriptions of each capstone course for more details.

All Psychology majors are also required to take the exit examination, a standardized test of knowledge of psychology approved by the Psychology Department. There is no minimum score required for graduation. This exam is taken in the Testing Center and a fee will be charged to students.

A total of 120 credits is required for this degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Concentration in Behavior Analysis

This concentration provides foundational knowledge and professional skills to apply the science of behavior analysis across a range of settings and client populations, including staff in the workplace, children and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Completing the coursework below, in addition to required supervised practicum experience with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, helps prepare students to apply for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination for becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.

Concentration requirements:
PSY A200Introduction to Behavior Analysis3
PSY A400Strategies of Behavior Change3
PSY A495APsychology Practicum3
Complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Interventions for Challenging Behavior
Organizational Behavior Management
Applications of Behavior Analysis
Total Credits15

Honors in Psychology

The Department of Psychology recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in Psychology. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared Psychology major and meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a BA or BS degree in Psychology.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  3. Take PSY A412.
  4. Take PSY A420.
  5. Complete PSY A499. The thesis project must be approved in advance by the Undergraduate Studies Committee and carried out by following applicable departmental guidelines.
  6. Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must notify the Departmental Honors Committee in writing on or before the date they file their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

Honors Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with departmental honors in Psychology will possess:

  • An advanced understanding and application of descriptive and inferential statistics and use of statistical software in data analysis.
  • A broad knowledge of psychology’s historical foundation.
  • The ability to conduct a critical review and analysis of existing psychological literature.
  • The ability to design and execute empirical research that tests clearly stated hypotheses or addresses clearly articulated research questions.
  • A clear understanding of research ethics and the responsible conduct of research in the field of psychology.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in writing, in poster format, and in oral presentations, including mastery of APA style.
  • The ability to draw conclusions from research findings, including recognition of the limitations, applications, and implications of the data, and a discussion of alternative explanations of the results.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of contemporary psychology.
  • Have experience conducting psychological research.
  • Be able to demonstrate skills in research design and data analysis.
  • Be prepared for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines.