Undergraduate Program Degree Requirements
To earn a degree in the College of Liberal Arts a student must take general education courses (language arts, behavioral and social sciences, natural sciences, and general culture) as outlined on the College degree requirements web page.
A student may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS). The degree plans for each are different. Please reference the degree plans in the sidebar to determine which courses you need to take.
There is very little difference in the major courses between BS in Psychology and the Psychology BA. The BS requires a student to take 6 hours of Clinical/Social/Developmental/Evolutionary Psychology and 6 hours of Cognition/Language/Neuroscience/Perception Psychology with an additional 9 hours of the students choice from any of the areas listed. The BA requires 21 hours from the following areas: Clinical, Social, Developmental, Evolutionary, Cognition, Language, Neuroscience, Perception Psychology. (We strongly suggest a selection from all of the above listed areas.) The the true difference between the BS and the BA lies in the Natural Science Area and the Foreign Language Area.
The BS in Psychology was developed seven years ago for those students planning on going to Medical School or other Professional Health Field (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Dental or Optometry). The BS requires 25 hours of prescribed Natural Science and Math courses all form Natural Science Majors courses. A student must take Calculus. The BS requires less hours in the Foreign Language Area. The BS in Psychology is ONLY recommended for those student planning on going to Medical School or other Professional Health Field. The student must have a strong background in Math and enjoy science.
The Psychology BA is best for those students planning on going into the work force after the BA, Law School, MBA Program, Graduate School in Psychology or other fields (Social Work, Educational Psychology, Public Affairs, Information Technology). The BA requires only 18 hours of Natural Science courses which may be taken from non- science majors courses. The BA requires one Foreign Language proficiency at the level of 312L or 612. The BA also allows for more Elective courses which could be use to develop skills that would be needed in later study or for experience on a resume. Examples of this would be Business, Education, advanced Foreign Language, Rhetoric and Writing, Communications courses. If a student plans to be a Psychologist this would be the better degree option.