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B.A. Program Requirements (Prior to Fall 2016)

The B.A. program requires 29 semester hours of psychology and is intended for those students who are pursuing a broad undergraduate education with a special emphasis in psychology. Students planning to enter a graduate program in a field that emphasizes applied preparation more heavily than research training may wish to choose the B.A. program. Such students also should consider enriching their program with additional statistics and research methods courses. The B.A. program may be combined with specialized work in one or more other disciplines (e.g., education, social work, business, journalism, nursing). Transfer students and students who have changed majors after already fulfilling most of the General Education Program may find the B.A. program particularly suitable. The B.A. program involves an introductory psychology course, a biological psychology course, a course in statistical methods, and a course on research methods, as well as lower and upper level elective courses in psychology. Students entering the B.A. program must also complete either a second statistics or a computer science course and at least 9 semester hours of course work at The University of Iowa in a second area of concentration. Courses used to satisfy the second area of concentration may not be used to satisfy the College of Liberal Arts General Education Program, but a second major or a minor in any discipline will satisfy the requirement.


B.A. Program Requirements
Course Number Course Name S.H
PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology 3
PSY:2701 Biological Psychology 4
  Statistics (STAT:1020, STAT:1030, STAT:3510, STAT:4143) 3
PSY:2810 Research Methods in Psychology 4

Lower Level Electives
(select 3 of the 4 courses)

Prerequisite: Completion of PSY:1001

PSY:2301 Intro to Clinical Psychology 3
PSY:2401 Intro to Developmental Science 3
PSY:2501 Intro to Social Psychology 3
PSY:2601 Intro to Cognitive Psychology 3
Upper Level Electives
(Select 3 courses)

Note: Not all courses are available each semester (or summer session).
Prerequisite: C- or better in PSY:2810 (Research Methods) and C- or better in the specified lower-level prerequisite & completion of Psychology Core.
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Cognate Requirement
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Second Area of Concentration

At least 9 s.h. of course work at the University of Iowa in a single department beyond courses used to satisfy the College of Liberal Arts General Education Program requirements. Transfer coursework from other institutions may not be used for the Second Area of Concentration.

Program Planning Information

Course Sequence for the B.A. Program

First year students should enroll in Elementary Psychology and General Education courses.  From there, students continue to work on General Education courses and a combination of Statistics, Biological Psychology and lower level Psychology electives.  Once Statistics has been completed, enrollment in Research Methods is appropriate and can be combined with enrollment in lower level electives.  Finally, students complete upper-level Psychology electives. 

It is important for students to compete the Psychology Core as early as possible as it is not possible to move on to upper-level major coursework until these courses are completed.

Please note that students must earn a C- or better in Research Methods and the corresponding lower level elective plus complete the Psychology Core prior to enrolling in more advanced courses.

Enriching the B.A. Program
Students in the B.A. program who plan graduate study in psychology or a related discipline should consider enriching their preparation--for example, by taking STAT:4143 for their statistics requirement instead of STAT:1020. It may also be wise to elect a good college mathematics course and challenging natural science courses in chemistry, biology, or physics. Students should consult carefully with their adviser in planning such an enriched B.A. program.