The psychology major has a choice of six plan of study types, which appear as a sub-plan or track in the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft). Use the Major Plan of Study form to plan and keep track of the courses needed.
The six plan of study types:
- Bachelor of Arts, Standard Plan (BA Standard)
- Bachelor of Arts, Research Concentration (BA Research)
- Bachelor of Arts, Honors Plan (BA Honors)
- Bachelor of Science, Standard Plan (BS Standard)
- Bachelor of Science, Research Concentration (BS Research)
- Bachelor of Science, Honors Plan (BS Honors)
The requirements of the plan of study types can be summarized as follows:
|Area||Bachelor of Arts (BA)||Bachelor of Science (BS)|
1103 or 1101 &
2100WQ or 2100Q
|Area I||2 courses|
|Area III||1 course|
|Area IV||2 lab courses|
|3 credits||3899 & 4197W
(6 credits total)
|3899 & 4197W*
(6 credits total)
|2000-level or above|
|25 credits||31 credits|
|*PSYC 4197W may be substituted for one Area IV lab course. If substituted, take one other 2000-level or above PSYC course.|
See Course Descriptions and Current Course Offerings pages for more information about psychology courses.
- No more than a combined total of 3 credits of PSYC 3889 (Undergraduate Research) or PSYC 3899 (Independent Study) can be used. However, many students earn more than 3 credits of research coursework from these classes, and those additional credits (up to 15 credits total) count toward the total number of credits needed to graduate.
- PSYC 3880 (Field Experience) cannot be used, because it has a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading designation, though taking this course for other reasons may be appropriate.
- Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate; at least 45 credits must be numbered 2000 or above.
- Students must maintain a GPA ≥ 2.0 in upper-level PSYC courses and a GPA ≥ 2.0 overall to graduate.
CLAS General Education Requirements
All students must pass PSYC 2100Q (Principles of Research in Psychology) to satisfy the Computer Technology and Information Literacy competencies. PSYC 2100WQ (with the W component) also fulfills the Writing in the Major requirement. Students who have taken 2100Q (without the W component) can fulfill the Writing in the Major requirement by taking an alternative PSYC W course. Because most students fulfill the Writing in the Major requirement with PSYC 2100WQ, please be aware that PSYC W course offerings are highly limited.