BA or BS 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 (listed below), 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. The BA degree also requires 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 intending doctoral study.

Beginning Fall 2011, the Psychology Department is pleased to announce new curriculum. This will align the department with the American Psychological Association's standards for undergraduate majors. All new Psychology majors beginning Fall 2011 will follow the coursework requirements. Any students who have declared a major in Psychology prior to Fall 2011 will follow the previous requirements. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Students also have the flexibility to complete the BA or BS degree in Psychology via the FHSU Virtual College beginning Fall 2012. Students pursuing this option will follow the curriculum listed below for majors declared Fall 2011 or later. If you have any questions about this exciting new option, please contact the Psychology Department.

Curriculum for Psychology majors declared prior to Fall 2011

    Foundation Courses: (9 Credit Hours)

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 200 Advanced General Psychology *** (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 683 History and Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • Methodology Courses: (8 Credit Hours)

  • PSY 250 Applied Statistics (4 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 259 Experimental Psychology Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • Applied Area: Any two from: (6 Credit Hours)

  • PSY 400 Child & Developmental Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 340 Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 425 Personality (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 467 Testing & Psychological Measurement (3 Credit Hours)
  • Basic Processes Area: Any two from: (6 Credit Hours)

  • PSY 450 Perception (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 665 Physiological Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 330 Elements of Learning (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 230 Motivation (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 334 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective Courses in Psychology (5 Credit Hours)

Total for major: 34 Credit Hours

*** May be listed under PSY 201, The Science of Psychology. Currently these courses are interchangeable.

Curriculum for Psychology majors declared Fall 2011 or later:

Psychology Major Requirements – 42 Credit Hours

The student must complete all of the following:

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 201 The Science of Psychology (3)***
  • PSY 101 Psychology as a Discipline & Profession (1 Credit Hour)
  • PSY 250 Applied Statistics (4 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 259 Experimental Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 334 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 340 Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 665/668 Physiological Psychology/Neuropsychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 400 Child and Developmental Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • *** This class will also count for PSY 200, Advanced General Psychology

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

  • PSY 315/455 Industrial Psychology / Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 357 Forensic Psychology*
  • PSY 359 Evolutionary Psychology*
  • PSY 325 Human Sexuality*
  • PSY 355 Drugs & Behavior
  • PSY 415 Adolescence
  • PSY 420 Psychology of Aging
  • Varies Special Topics
  • Foundation:

  • PSY 330 Elements of Learning
  • PSY 467 Testing and Psychological Measurement
  • PSY 450 Perception
  • PSY 425 Personality
  • PSY 683 History& Systems of Psychology
  • PSY 225 Introduction to Therapeutic Skills*
  • *These courses will be developed.

For a comprehensive list of course descriptions, please click here visit the University Course Catalog.

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