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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

If you ever wanted to learn how the human mind works, and why people behave the way that they do, a major in psychology may be perfect for you.

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. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

BA in Psychology - Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements 55 hours
Modern Language Requirements 10 hours
Psychology Major Requirements 42 hours
*Free Electives 17 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 124 hours

BS in Psychology - Program Requirements Overview  
General Education Requirements 55 hours
Math and Science Requirements (In addition to General Education Requirements) 7 hours
Psychology Major Requirements 42 hours
*Free Electives 20 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 124 hours


Curriculum for Psychology majors declared Fall 2011 or later:


The student must complete all of the following:  
PSY 100  General Psychology 3 hours
PSY 201  The Science of Psychology 3 hours
PSY 101  Psychology as a Discipline & Profession 1 hour
PSY 250  Applied Statistics 4 hours
PSY 259  Experimental Lab      4 hours
PSY 334  Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 3 hours
PSY 340  Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 665/668  Physiological Psychology/Neuropsychology 3 hours
PSY 300  Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
PSY  400 Child and Development Psychology 3 hours
Elective Courses - Choose 2 classes from each category:  
Applied:  
PSY 315/455  Industrial Psychology/Organizational Psychology 3 hours
PSY 357  Forensic Psychology 3 hours
PSY 359  Evolutionary Psychology 3 hours
PSY 325  Human Sexuality 3 hours
PSY 355  Drugs & Behavior      3 hours
PSY 415  Adolescence 3 hours
PSY 420  Psychology of Aging 3 hours
Varies  Special Topics 3 hours
Foundation:  
PSY 330  Elements of Learning 3 hours
PSY 467  Testing and Psychological Measurement 3 hours
PSY 450  Perception 3 hours
PSY 425  Personality 3 hours
PSY 683  History & Systems of Psychology 3 hours
PSY 225  Introduction to Therapeutic Skills 3 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR MAJOR 42 hours



Detailed Degree Requirements
*Free Electives Not Included

Contact Information

 
Psychology Department
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone:  (785) 628-4405
Web:  Department Homepage