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Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Psychological Science 

Are you interested in a psychology degree that will prepare you for graduate study or for employment in jobs requiring excellent quantitative, communication and research skills?

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Our Bachelor of Science degrees in psychological science provide excellent training for the kinds of skills that employers and graduate schools seek, especially skills like critical thinking, understanding behavior, working effectively in diverse organizations, and using and interpreting data.

And what could be more fascinating than studying human behavior?!

Our majors achieve the five learning goals established by the American Psychological Association:

  • Students acquire a strong knowledge base in the major concepts and findings in psychology.
  • Students develop basic skills in scientific reasoning, problem solving, and psychological research.
  • Students acquire the knowledge they need to become ethically and socially responsible in personal and professional settings. 
  • Students develop proficiency in oral and written communication skills.
  • Students develop professional skills that help prepare them for employment, graduate, or professional school. 

A change of major can be completed online from TopNet. To locate this form on Topnet, select Student Services, then Student Records, and the form will be the second option. 

Major Requirements 

The department provides two options for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • The major in Psychological Science (Reference #747) requires a minimum of 38 credit hours, and a minor or second major is required.
  • The extended major in Psychological Science (Reference #747E) requires a minimum of 50 credit hours and no minor or second major is required.

For both the 38-hour major and the 50-hour extended major, students will complete a program of study that includes Core and Concentration components as well as a Laboratory Experience component.  Note:  The Lab Experience requirement is for students with a catalog year of 2017-2018 or later and increased the hour requirement by one hour. 

  • To complete the Core requirements, students will select 25 to 28 credit hours from each of the following categories: Foundations of Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, and Integrative Science in Psychology.
  • To complete the Concentration requirements, students may choose from six thematic concentrations, or they may design a custom concentration that best fits their interests (subject to approval by their advisor). Students in the 38-hour major will complete 12 credit hours from one concentration, and those in the 49-hour extended major will complete 21 - 24 credit hours from two concentrations. Students who choose to design a custom concentration should select 12 - 24 hours from courses not used to satisfy their Core requirements.
  • Only 3 credit hours of PSYS 490 can count towards the 38-hour major and only 6 credit hours of PSYS 490 can count towards for the 50-hour extended major. Talk to your advisor and research mentor about making sure that your PSYS 490 is appropriate for your declared concentration.

Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA both overall and in psychology. Either (1) MATH 116 and MATH 117, or (2) MATH 118 or higher is required; MATH 183 is recommended.

Students may choose from one of seven thematic concentrations or they may design an individualized concentration that best fits their interests (subject to approval by their advisor).

  • Applied Psychological ScienceApplies principles of psychological science to increase performance effectiveness and solve problems in business, sports, or human engineering domains. 
  • Biobehavioral Psychology: Emphasizes the scientific study of the neural and brain mechanisms that enable mind, consciousness, and behavior. 
  • Clinical Psychological ScienceFocuses on mechanisms and etiologies of psychological health and dysfunction.
  • Cognitive Psychology: Emphasizes the scientific study of mental processes such as attention, perception, memory, problem-solving, thinking, and language use.
  • Developmental Science: Addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, perceptual, and personality growth of humans throughout the lifespan.
  • Social PsychologyEmphasizes the study of how social situations affect behavior. 
  • Quantitative Psychology: Emphasizes using advanced data manipulation and statistical analysis techniques to examine discipline-specific research questions. 
  • General Concentration: This concentration is an individualized concentration that best fits a student's interests (subject to approval by their advisor).

A PDF with the specific details for all of the concentrations can be downloaded here.        

Dr. Wichman teaching with Big RedFor all concentrations, students will complete a required course of study totaling 38 credit hours that includes courses from the following components: 

 Foundations of Psychology (15 hours)

 Research Methods and Statistics (7 hours)

 Capstone (3 hours) 

 Concentration (12 hours) 

Lab Experience (1 hour)

Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA both overall and in the major. Either (1) MATH 116 and MATH 117 or (2) MATH 118 or higher is required. MATH 183 is recommended. 


The BA in Psychology is offered in the College of Education.

B.S. in Psychological Science (PSYS Major)

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 Last Modified 7/6/19