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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
*** 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)
PSY 201 The Science of Psychology (3)***
PSY 101 Psychology as a Discipline & Profession (1)
PSY 250 Applied Statistics (4)
PSY 259 Experimental Lab (4)
PSY 334 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY 340 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 665/668 Physiological Psychology/Neuropsychology (3)
PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 400 Child and Developmental Psychology (3)
*** This class will also count for PSY 200, Advanced General Psychology
Elective Hour Options (12) - Choose 2 classes from each category
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
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*
For a comprehensive list of course descriptions, please click here visit the University Course Catalog.