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B.S. Requirements (Fall 2016 and later)

The B.S. program requires 41 semester hours of psychology and is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology or a closely related discipline. Students whose strengths lie in the natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to choose the B.S. program. The B.S. program requires an introductory psychology course, a behavioral neuroscience course, two courses in research methods and data analysis, and lower and upper level courses in psychology. In addition, the B.S. program requires a laboratory course in experimental psychology and senior seminar as well as courses from outside the department in mathematics (calculus) and specified options for satisfying the natural science requirement of the General Education Program. Students entering the B.S. program must also complete at least one additional course in advanced mathematics, statistics, or computer science. Consequently, a first year or sophomore student who wishes to defer a decision between the B.A. and B.S. programs should elect courses in natural science and mathematics that will make it possible to choose either major as late as the junior year.

While any student may enter the B.A. program in psychology, admission to the B.S. program is restricted. To be eligible for admission to the B.S. program, students must have completed 30 s.h. of college course work (excluding any credit by exam), and they must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.67 or higher. Eligible students can request admission to the B.S. program by appearing in person at the Academic Programs and Student Development office, 120 Schaeffer Hall. There is no limit to the number of qualified students admitted to the B.S. program.

First-year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 s.h. of course credit who are interested in the B.S. program will be admitted to the psychology B.A. program until they satisfy the admission requirements for the B.S. program. New transfer students who meet the admission requirements for the psychology B.S. program may choose to enter the B.S. program directly. Any student in the B.A. program may switch to the B.S. program if they meet the admission requirements at the time of the request. Students may switch from the B.S. to the B.A. program at any time. Once a student is admitted to the B.S. program, their overall grade point average may drop below 2.67 without penalty. However, a student whose grade point average in psychology courses drops significantly below 2.67 will be advised to switch to the B.A. program.

B.S. Program Requirements
Course Number Course Name S.H
PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology 3
PSY:2701 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSY:2811 Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I 3
PSY:2812 Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology II 3
Lower Level Courses (complete all four)
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:2812 and C- or better in the specified lower-level prerequisite and completion of the Psychology Core.
View Upper-level Psych classes

Selected Topics Courses (must complete both)
PSY:4020 Lab in Psychology 4
PSY:4090 Psychology Seminar 3
Other Requirements (see Catalog for course titles and descriptions).
  Calculus (MATH:1380, MATH:1460, MATH: 1550, MATH:1850, or equivalent)  
Natural Science
Choose one of the following options; must total at least 7 s.h. and include a lab.
  Chemistry and Biology: CHEM:1070 and BIOL:1141 or CHEM:1110 and BIOL:1141 or CHEM:1110 and BIOL:1402 or CHEM:1110 and BIOL:1411  
  Chemistry: CHEM:1110 and CHEM:1120  
  Physics: PHYS:1511 and PHYS:1512  
  Chemistry and Physics CHEM:1070 or CHEM:1110 and PHYS:1400 or PHYS:1511  
Advanced Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science

Choose one of the following options

Computer Science
CS:1020 Principles of Computing 3
CS:1110 Introduction to Computer Science 3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3
STAT:1030 Stats for Business 4
STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143 Intro to Statistical Methods 3
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3
MATH:1860 Calculus II 4
MATH:2700 Introduction to Linear Algebra 4

Program Planning Information

Course Sequence for the B.S. 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 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience, the Research Methods and Data Analysis sequence, and lower level Psychology courses.  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 Data Analysis II (PSY:2812) and the corresponding lower level elective plus complete the Psychology Core prior to enrolling in more advanced courses.

Students entering the B.S. program can complete their additional course in advanced mathematics, statistics, or computer science any time, subject to course prerequisites.