2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major, BA

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Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 10 psychology courses and at least 32 semester hours. Interim courses are not accepted toward the major.

At Least One from Two of the Following Knowledge Domains


(4 semester hours)

  • biology core or equivalent

Total Semester Hours: At Least 32

Students must maintain a 2.0 in psychology courses in order to graduate with a major or minor in psychology. Due to overlapping content, students may NOT take both PSYC 201 and PSYC 208. Psyc 208 is recommended for majors and nonmajors who intend to work with children. PSYC 201 is intended for non-majors in the pre-health professions (e.g., medical school, nursing, PT, OT). Psychology majors who are also ministry minors are advised to take PSYC 201/PSYC 202 OR PSYC 208/PSYC 202.

Students should ordinarily take PSYC 255 during their sophomore year and PSYC 256 in the semester following completion of PSYC 255. Students may not take PSYC 255 and PSYC 256 simultaneously.

When possible, students are encouraged to postpone taking courses numbered 330 or above until after the completion of PSYC 256. PSYC 399 is a course that may be taken when the student has completed a majority of the psychology courses required for the psychology major.

Students intending to do doctoral work in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 356 during their junior or senior year and to include courses from all three of the knowledge domains (see previous) in their program of study. When selecting courses, students are encouraged to follow the recommended four-year plan for the general Psychology major or the plan for majors with a neuroscience concentration. These plans are included in the department handbook (available in the Psychology office) and posted on the department website.

The Psychology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in psychology. The BS course of study has stronger quantitative and research components. It is recommended that students intent on graduate study in psychology complete the coursework for the BS degree. 

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