3500 Psychology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • General Program in Psychology
    • Concentration in Community Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • General Program in Psychology
    • Concentration in Community Psychology
    • Concentration in Pre-Medicine
  • Minor in Psychology

Department of Psychology
11th floor, Urban Life Building

Lisa Armistead, Chair
Christopher C. Henrich, Associate Chair
Chris Goode, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. It investigates how and why organisms engage in the behaviors and thought-processes they do. The topics of investigation range from the life sciences to the social sciences, and applications occur in clinical, research, industrial, community, and other social contexts.

A career in psychology usually requires a graduate degree. An undergraduate major in psychology can serve as a prerequisite for graduate study in psychology or as background for other careers, e.g., business, law, medical or allied health sciences, and teaching. A major in psychology also can serve the general interest of liberal arts education. The department maintains reference materials, including audio/visual material and an Internet website to assist in career advisement. Students wishing to be psychology majors must first be advised by The Office of Academic Assistance in the College of Arts and Sciences and then by the psychology undergraduate adviser.

Program Academic Regulations

Before taking upper-division courses, students must have completed 60 hours or have the permission of the instructor.

All majors must complete the courses in Area G, as specified below. Concentrations have specific requirements (for more details see the concentration requirements that are listed after the area requirements). Majors who meet the requirements in Area G and do not choose to pursue a concentration will graduate in the general program.

B.A. Degree

Students must take a foreign language and six additional hours from courses in Area E. (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)

B.S. Degree

Students must take nine semester hours from the courses listed below. We strongly recommend a two-course laboratory sequence in Principles of Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, or Introduction to Physics.

ANTH 2020, BIOL 1103K, BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1110, BIOL 1120, BIOL 2107K, BIOL 2108K, BIOL 2240, BIOL 2250, CHEM 1101K, CHEM 1102K, CHEM 1151K, CHEM 1152K, CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1220, MATH 2211, MATH 2212, MATH 2215, MATH 2420, PHIL 2010, PHYS 1111K, PHYS 1112K, PHYS 2211K, PHYS 2212K, SOCI 1101

Program Degree Requirements

The Department of Psychology offers a general program in psychology plus concentration in specific areas of psychology. The general program offers the most choice in courses for a degree in psychology. Concentrations have more restrictive curricula than the general program and are intended to prepare students for a specific career path. Most students will be in the general program. Students planning graduate school or other advanced training in an area related to one of the concentrations should consider applying for admission to that concentration.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Psychology

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Recommended course:
    • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3) (take here rather than in Area E)
  2. Select two courses. (6)
    • PSYC 2030 Careers in Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2070 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3)
    • PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, & Human Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2101 Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment: A Personal Growth Course (3)
    • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development: Individual and Family Issues (3)
  3. Non-Psychology courses (9)

Area G: Major Courses (32)

General Program in Psychology (32)

Required Methodology Courses (8)

These required methodology courses must be completed by the end of the junior year (90 hours). Students with 90 hours who have not completed both methodology courses may not register for any other psychology courses. To insure that this requirement is met, students should take Psyc 3510 (a prerequisite for Psyc 3530) during the second semester of the sophomore year. Failure to complete these courses in a timely manner may delay graduation. Additionally, students who are unable to pass either Psyc 3510 or Psyc 3530 with a grade of C or better in two attempts shall not be permitted to repeat the course or to enroll in any departmental courses for which the course is a prerequisite.

Required Courses:

  • PSYC 3510 Introduction to Research Design and Data Analysis (4)
  • PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design and Analysis-CTW (4) (also serves as one of the two courses needed to fulfill CTW requirement)

Advanced Required Courses (9)

Take one course from each group below.

Group 1:

Group 2:

Group 3:

Required Course to fulfill CTW requirement (3)

Psychology Electives (12)

  • Select 12 hours in psychology courses at the 3000 level or above.


Psychology majors wishing to graduate in a concentration must meet the requirements for graduation listed below. They also must meet all general program requirements listed above. Students must complete all lower-division requirements prior to beginning a concentration. Students completing a concentration will receive a certificate and will have an appropriate annotation placed on their transcript.

Community Psychology Concentration (32)

Community Psychology is an area of psychology that aims to apply psychology toward improving the well-being of human groups. An ecological perspective, a prevention orientation, and an appreciation of diversity characterize this area. Often community psychology takes the form of “action research” in which knowledge gained from basic research or psychological theory is applied in real-world settings. At other times it takes the form of relatively more basic research on social problems or community functioning. The concentration is most appropriate for students who want to apply psychology theories and methods to solving social and environmental problems, such as drug abuse, homelessness, and violence. The curriculum should prepare graduates either to pursue graduate education in community psychology or to work in community-based organizations.

Required Methodology Courses (8)

(See “General Program in Psychology,” described above.)

Advanced Required Courses (9)

Group 1

Group 2: Select one course (3)

Group 3: Select one course (3)

Required Course to fulfill CTW requirement (3)

Psychology Electives (12)

Select from below for a total of four courses:

  1. Select a second Group 3 course from above (3)
  2. Select two courses. (6)
  3. Select one course. (3)
    • PSYC 4760 Research Practicum in Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 4770 Applied Practicum in Psychology (3)

Pre-Medicine Concentration

Students interested in attending medical school are advised to consider the pre-medicine concentration. Those wishing to pursue this concentration should be aware that the requirements will differ from those listed in the regular psychology curriculum. The Department of Psychology has a pre-medicine adviser. For more information on the pre-medicine curriculum contact the Office of Academic Assistance, College of Arts and Sciences, Room 418, General Classroom Building, 404/413-5000.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

Students majoring in psychology are not required to take a minor.

Minor in Psychology

Students who wish to minor in psychology must take 15 hours in courses in psychology including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in psychology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.)

Honors Program and Psi Chi

The department participates in the Honors Program (See “Honors Program,” described previously) and sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Qualified students are encouraged to participate in these programs. The diplomas of students who complete the University Honors Program indicate that they graduate with honors in psychology.

Graduation with Distinction in Psychology

Departmental distinction is separate from the Honors Program. Faculty members may nominate majors who have an overall average of at least 3.5 and who have demonstrated outstanding research, leadership, or service to the department for graduation with distinction. More information about graduation with distinction is available in the department.

Students should consult the department’s website to learn about extracurricular activities than can enhance the psychology major experience.