B.A. in Psychology

Many of today’s most pressing social problems relate directly to problems in behavior. Violence (at home or on the street), drug addiction and poor interpersonal relationships are just some examples of the types of issues explored in the field of psychology. Psychologists strive first to describe, understand and explain behavioral problems and also to contribute solutions to such problems, through careful collection of data, analysis of data, and development of intervention strategies.

The B.A. in Psychology provides students with a broad understanding of the principles that explain human behavior and interaction. In addition to learning the latest science and theory regarding human and nonhuman animal behavior, students in the program gain the vital skills and experience employers seek. These skills include research and writing skills, problem solving skills, and, well-developed, higher-level thinking ability as evidenced in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.

  • Concentrate in general psychology, abnormal psychology, applied behavior analysis, applied psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience and social psychology.
  • Choose from electives in forensic psychology, psychosomatics, neuroscience, social psychology and industrial and organizational psychology.

In addition to working directly in psychology-related fields such as counseling and teaching, our students and graduates find jobs in such varied areas as public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. They also work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers and writers.

Admission Requirements

Both high school graduates and college transfer students may apply for admission to the Psychology program. The following are required for consideration to become a degree candidate.

  • High School students must have a GPA of 3.0 (80%) or higher and over 800 combined on the SAT examinations.
  • Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and grades of C+ or higher in all math and science courses.
  • Courses in math and science that were taken more than 5 years prior to admission are not acceptable and must be revisited.

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Psychology 3 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, SOC) 3 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 8 - 10 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Distribution Requirement
  • Six credits or two courses of upper-level Biology (BIO) or
  • Six credits or two courses of upper-level Philosophy (PHI) or
  • Six credits or two courses of upper-level Sociology (SOC) or
  • Six credits or two courses of upper-level Teaching & Learning (TAL)
Major Requirements
The following three (3) courses are required, (students must receive a grade of C or better in PSY 150 to enroll in PSY 151)
PSY 125 Contemporary Systems of Psychology 3.00
PSY 150 Statistics in Psychology 3.00
PSY 151 Experimental Psychology 4.00
A minimum of six (6) upper-level Psychology courses totaling eighteen (18) credits are required
Social Science Capstone Requirement
Choose One of the Following Two Courses:
SSC 223 Capstone Seminar in the Social Sciences 3.00
SSC 224 Capstone Seminar in Social Seminar 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 128
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 96
  • Minimum Major Credits: 33
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Course Requirements: see above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences