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Department of Psychology

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Bachelor of Science

You can earn a BS in psychology by meeting these requirements:

  • Satisfy all University BS degree requirements (see bulletin).
  • Major in psychology with:
    • a)  two minors (one in natural or computer science or mathematics), OR
    • b)  an additional natural or computer science major, or a mathematics major with one minor.
  • MATC 1200 (Calculus for Business and Social Sciences) is recommended for students with appropriate background but is not required.
  • Complete at least 45-credit hours of psychology courses (courses with a PSYC prefix).
  • STAT 1300/INFO 1020 or BIOL 2090 satisfy the "introductory statistics" category, but the hours do not count toward the major.
  • Complete at least 25-credit hours of upper-division PSYC courses (2000 level and above).
  • For a PSYC course to count toward a requirement and the minimum hours, you must earn a C- or better in the course.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall AND within the major.

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 BS worksheet, which lists courses in each area (PDF).