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Pursuing a Psychology Major

Psychology is a hub discipline, in that our research and theories influence multiple fields. This work has become increasingly central to public policy and to industry. Students who work with or develop innovations for people benefit from a foundation in the science of human behavior. We recently implemented skill-based certificates within our existing major program to meet student demand and better communicate the skills of our majors to employers. We actively seek to involve students in research or internships early in their careers to give them hands-on experience with the scientific rigor and logic of psychological science, and in the application of that science in the workplace. The combination of our scholars’ expertise and innovative research programs provides an excellent venue for students to develop their professional skills inside and outside of the classroom.

Degree Requirements

Students majoring in psychology may earn either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The psychology course requirements for the two degrees are identical; the two degree plans differ with respect to the requirements in other disciplines. For example, the B.A. degree requires courses in a foreign language and extra humanities hours, whereas the B.S. degree requires additional hours in the physical and biological sciences. The two degrees are offered to allow students to complete their non-psychology course of study in fields most relevant to their interests and/or career plans. Both degrees provide students with the necessary curriculum requirements to pursue graduate study in psychology, as well as in other professional fields, such as law and medicine.

  • A non-psychology minor is optional for psychology majors. If chosen, a minor must consist of 15–18 credit hours and must be declared before the student completes 90 credit hours. No more than 6 hours from the minor may be used to fulfill other Core requirements. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted in the major or minor field.

Psychology majors can also choose from one of four optional certificate programs. If chosen, the certificate specifies coursework within Psychology that will develop a particular skill and knowledge set.

Degree Plans

**Information below reflects the latest course catalog (140)

Required Core Courses

Credit Hours Course Name
3 PSYC 107 Introduction to Psychology
4 PSYC 301 Elementary Statistics for Psychology
4 PSYC 302 Experimental Psychology
6 Two courses chosen from among:

PSYC 306: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 307: Developmental Psychology
PSYC 315: Social Psychology
PSYC 319: History & Systems of Psychology
PSYC 330: Personality
PSYC 352: Organizational Psychology

6 Two courses chosen from among:

PSYC 311: Comparative Psychology
PSYC 320: Sensation & Perception
PSYC 333: Biology of Psychological Disorders
PSYC 335: Physiological Psychology
PSYC 340: Psychology of Learning
PSYC 345: Human Cognitive Processes

3 Select one:

PSYC 210: Human Sexuality
PSYC 208: Stereotypes and Prejudice
PSYC 206: Black Psychology;
PSYC 209: Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 300: Psychology of Women
PSYC 303: Psychology of Women of Color
Specific PSYC 289s and 489s by approval only

9 Psychology electives. May include additional courses from above lists. No more than a combined maximum of 6 hours of 484, 485, or 485H are permitted.

College and University Requirements

The following lists incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category.  Core classes can be found at

Credit Hours Course Name
3 ENGL 104
3 ENGL 210 or ENGL 203
6 Mathematics: At least 3 hours must be in MATH (excluding 102, 103, 104, 130, 165, 167, 365, 366). Three hours may be in logic.
9 Life and Physical Sciences
3 Language, Philosophy, and Culture. To be selected from approved College list.
3 Creative Arts. To be selected from approved College list.
3 Social and Behavioral Sciences. To be selected from approved College list.
6 Government/Political Science: POLS 206 and 207.
6 American History: Two courses in American history; no more than one may be in Texas history.
(6) International and Cultural Diversity: To be selected from approved list. This course may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.
6 Free Electives (Additional hours in the major field may not be used as free electives.)