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 Credit Hours
Modern Language Requirements: 10 Credit Hours
Psychology Major Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
*Free Electives: 17 Credit Hours

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 124 Credit Hours

BS in Psychology - Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements: 55 Credit Hours
Math and Science Requirements (In addition to General Education Requirements): 7 Credit Hours
Psychology Major Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
*Free Electives: 20 Credit Hours

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 124 Credit Hours)

Curriculum for Psychology majors declared Fall 2011 or later:

The student must complete all of the following:

  • PSY 100  General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 201  The Science of Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • 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 Development Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective Courses - Choose 2 classes from each category:
    Applied:

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

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

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR MAJOR: 42 Credit 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

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