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Fort Hays State University
600 Allan Park Street
Martin Allen Hall 102
Phone: 785-628-4405
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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology Department offers flexibility by allowing students to choose either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science route. Although the core coursework is the same for both (see course list below [bookmark]), there are some slight differences:

Bachelor of Arts

• A candidate for the BA in psychology must complete a 20-hour sequence of out-of-department courses as approved by the Psychology faculty. Generally, this will be a sequence of courses in one department or area related to the student’s academic or occupational goals.
• Completion of 10 hours of a single foreign language.

Bachelor of Science

• A candidate for the BS in Psychology must complete 20 hours of course work in Natural Science and/or Mathematics.

We recommend the BS option for students who intend to go to graduate school.

Whether you pursue a BA or BS, you’ll also need to complete FHSU’s General Education requirements (55 hours).

Students also have the flexibility to complete the BA or BS degree in Psychology online via the FHSU Virtual College. GetEducated.com recently named the online undergraduate degree a “Best Buy.”

Program Summaries

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

General Education Requirements 55 hours
Major Requirements 42 hours
Elective Hour Options 20 hours
Natural Science/Math electives
(In addition to gen ed requirements) 7 hours
Total Hours 124 hours

Bachelor Arts in Psychology

General Education Requirements 55 hours
Major Requirements 42 hours
Elective Hour Options 17 hours
Foreign Language 10 hours
Total Hours 124 hours

Psychology Major Requirements – 42 Hours

The student must complete all of the following:
PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
PSY 101 Psychology as a Discipline & Profession (1)
PSY 201 The Science of Psychology (3)
PSY 250 Applied Statistics (4)
PSY 259 Experimental Lab (4)
PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 334 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY 340 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 400 Child and Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 665/668 Physiological Psychology/Neuropsychology (3)

Elective Hour Options (12 Credit Hours) - Choose 2 classes from each category

PSY 315/455 Industrial Psychology / Organizational Psychology (3)
PSY 357 Forensic Psychology (3)
PSY 359 Evolutionary Psychology (3)
PSY 325 Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 355 Drugs & Behavior (3)
PSY 415 Adolescence (3)
PSY 420 Psychology of Aging (3)
Varies Special Topics


PSY 225 Introduction to Therapeutic Skills (3)
PSY 330 Elements of Learning (3)
PSY 425 Personality (3)
PSY 450 Perception (3)
PSY 467 Testing and Psychological Measurement (3)
PSY 683 History& Systems of Psychology (3)

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