Psychology, B.A.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The BA in Psychology requires 58 hours, composed of 14 or 15 four-credit lecture or seminar courses (depending on options) plus one two-credit laboratory course.

Printable Version of these Requirements (pdf, 481kb)


Three core courses (12 credits --all three are required):                             

  • PSYC 111 -General Psychology    
  • PSYC 243 - Statistical Analysis and Design (prerequisite: PSYC 111)  
    • MATH 147 and 148 are NOT acceptable equivalents for PSYC 243
  • PSYC 344 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSYC 243)

 Three experimental courses from this list (12 credits):                                                 (prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 243)

  • PSYC 350 - Human Memory
  • PSYC 351 - Perception
  • PSYC 356 - Learning
  • PSYC 358 - Cognition
  • PSYC 360 - Psychotherapy:Models and Methods (prerequisite: PSYC 223)
  • PSYC 362 - Behavioral Neuroscience (formerly Physiological Psychology)
  • PSYC 385 - Psychological Tests

One corresponding laboratory course from this list (2 credits):        

prerequisite: PSYC 344 AND pre/corequisite:corresponding experimental course

  • PSYC 352 - Laboratory in Perception
  • PSYC 357 - Laboratory in Learning (or PSYC 355 Lab in Child Behavior)
  • PSYC 359 - Laboratory in Cognition
  • PSYC 363 - Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

400-level courses (8 or 12 credits; see below for the two options to fulfill this requirement):

  • Option 1: These courses must be taken from two different faculty members and can include PSYC 406/465/470/473/475/476/477.
  • Option 2: Two courses (8 credits) of independent research (PSYC 392/397/490/492/493/494/499) may substitute for one of the 400-level courses. These two independent research courses may be taken with the same faculty member.

Six courses in science and mathematics electives (24 credits):

  • Only two of these courses can be in psychology. PSYC 391 does not count. Only four credits of independent research (PSYC 392/397/490/492/493/494/499) may be used as an elective.
  • Science and mathematics courses outside of psychology must meet the all-college science requirements and cannot include independent study, supervised teaching or internships. At least two courses (8 credits) of the science and math electives outside psychology must be taken from the same department.
  • Approved list of math/science electives (pdf, 447kb)
  • Math 147, 107 and 108 do not count toward science and math electives.

Read through the advising resources available on this site and if you still have questions on requirements, DARS, courses, etc., we encourage you to see the academic adviser or one of the peer advisers.


Important Notes About the Major

  • You must have earned a C or higher in both PSYC 111 and PSYC 243 (2007 Bulletin). All other courses used to fulfill major requirements, including those from other departments, must have a grade of C- or better.
  • Psychology courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Only one course from science and math electives for the major may be taken pass/fail.
  • If necessary, students may take credits from PSYC 392 / 397 / 490 / 492 / 493 / 494 / 499 pass/fail; no other psychology courses for the major can be taken pass/fail.


To Declare a Major in Psychology

If you're interested in declaring a major in Psychology or ABA, we encourage you to do so by the end of your sophomore year. Transfer students intending to major in psychology should contact the Psychology Department's academic adviser when you arrive on campus. Contact or come to our Advising Office located in Science IV, room 230B.

*To declare your major in Psychology you must have earned a C or higher in both PSYC 111 and PSYC 243 (2007 Bulletin).


Last Updated: 2/13/15