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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts

If you started attending the University before fall 2010, contact an adviser for information about requirements for earning your BA in psychology.

If you enrolled in DU after fall 2010, you must meet the following requirements to earn a BA in psychology.

  • Meet all University BA degree requirements (see bulletin).
    • MATC 1200 (Calculus for Business and Social Sciences) is recommended for students with appropriate background but is not required.
  • Complete a minimum of 40-credit hours of psychology courses (courses with the prefix PSYC).
    • STAT 1300/INFO 1020 (Statistics I) or BIOL 2090 (Biometry) satisfy the "introductory statistics" category, but the hours do not count toward the major.
  • Complete a maximum of 60-credit hours in the Psychology Department at DU; hours over 60 do not count toward any requirements
    • Exception: Junior/Senior Honors hours (PSYC 2751, 2752, 3150, 3151, 3152) count toward the minimum 40 hours but do not count against the 60-hour maximum.  Complete at least 25-credit hours of upper-division PSYC courses (2000 level and above). You must have a GPA of at least 2.0 overall AND within the major.
  • For a PSYC course to count toward a requirement and the minimum hours, you must earn a C- or above in the course. However, even PSYC courses with a D grade count toward the 60-hour maximum.

Course Requirements

Foundations (only 1 may be taken)

  • PSYC 1001, Foundations of Psychological Science

Introductory Statistics, 1 course

  • PSYC 2300, Statistics

Research Methods , 1 course or sequence

  • PSYC 3050, Research Methods OR
  • PSYC 2751 & 2752, Junior Honors (2-course sequence),

Content Courses, One course each from 3 of the following 4 content areas


  • PSYC 2500, Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 2510, Personality (only if taken as PSYC 2510)
  • PSYC 2520, Introduction to Clinical Psychology (only if taken as PSYC 2520)
  • PSYC 2530, Child Psychopathology  (only if taken as PSYC 2530)

Cognition and Neuroscience

  • PSYC 2031, Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 2040, Cognition & Learning (only if taken as PSYC 2040)


  • PSYC 2070, Child and Lifespan Development*
  • PSYC 2050, Child Development
  • PSYC 2055, Development Across Lifespan

* PSYC 2070 combines 2050 and 2055, and students are not usually encouraged to take 2070 if either 2050 or 2055 have been taken previously


  • PSYC 2740, Social Psychology
  • PSYC 2150, Motivation & Emotion (only if taken as PSYC 2150)

Psychology Senior Assessment, 1 course; 0 credits

  • PSYC 3999, Psychology Senior Assessment


Download the BA worksheet, which lists courses in each area (PDF).