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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology (BA)

Program Educational Goals:

Knowledge base in psychology

  1. Students will acquire basic knowledge of theory and research in four general domains:
    • Cognition
    • Brain structure and function
    • Social and Cultural Psychology
    • Psychopathology
  2. Students will be exposed to cross-cutting themes in psychological science: 
    • Development (e.g., Interactions between environment and heredity)
    • Identification, prediction, and stability of individual differences
    • Models and mechanisms
    • Historical influences

Scientific Thinking Skills: Analysis and Synthesis

  1. Students will be able to read and critically analyze empirical research:
    • Articulate strengths and limitations of various research designs, including designs that can and cannot support causal inferences
    • Interpret basic statistical results (e.g., inferential statistics)
    • Identify valid and reliable measurement
  2. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy
    • Apply basic mathematical operations (e.g., descriptive statistics)
    • Interpret information conveyed in tables, graphs and figures
  3. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate existing arguments and propose new ideas
    • Distinguish empirical evidence from speculation, intuition, or authority
    • Evaluate popular media reports of psychological research
    • Generate alternative explanations
    • Distinguish strong and weak sources of information about psychological phenomena 
  4. Students will articulate a basic understanding of research ethics and research transparency

Scientific Presentation Skills

  1. Present scientific information in an organized and coherent manner, for scientific and lay audiences, in both oral and written formats
  2. Visual presentation of data and preparation of figures

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth requirements are in addition to the University Breadth requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Minimum grade C- required for courses used to satisfy College Breadth.

*If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.


The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Complete one of the following four options (minimum grade D-):

Option One:

Option Two:

One of the following:

Option Three:

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 , MATH 202 , MATH 205 , MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253 , and MATH 266 .

Option Four:

  • Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

A grade of C- or better is required in all PSYC major-related courses. Double majors in Psychology and Neuroscience can count a maximum of four courses from the NSCI and PSYC subject areas toward both majors.


  • PSYC 100  or NSCI 100  are a prerequisite for all/most of the required higher level PSYC courses.
  • PSYC 207  is a prerequisite for all of the required higher level PSYC courses.
  • PSYC 209  must be taken after the MATH requirement is fulfilled; PSYC 209  is a prerequisite for all of the required higher level PSYC courses.

One of the following:

Restricted Electives:


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised 2022-2023 Academic Year