A detailed description of the official requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree is included in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Below we describe the general requirements for your information. Please note that as a psychology major you will be expected to understand and meet the official requirements outlined in the Bulletin. There will be no exceptions.
In general, the B.A. and B.S. degrees are awarded when students fulfill relevant coursework both inside and outside of the psychology department.
Courses in the Psychology Department: Both the B.A. and B.S. in Psychology require students to complete a set of three core courses: Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Research and Writing in Psychology. These courses provide students with an overview of the range of questions psychologists ask, as well as the methods they use to address those questions. Both degrees also require students to sample from the department's survey courses of each of five major areas of psychological inquiry (Biopsychology, Clinical and Abnormal Psychology, Cognition and Perception, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology). To complete the psychology component of the major, B.A. students choose five additional courses, four of which must be upper division courses. B.S. students also must choose five courses, but one of them must be an advanced statistics course and one a lab course. All students majoring in Psychology also fulfill a writing requirement that can be met in any upper division Psychology course, including PSY 310.
Courses Outside the Psychology Department: B.A. students are required to take a range of courses outside the department that are intended to complement their psychology program. These requirements are in mathematics, philosophy, biology, and other social science disciplines (e.g., anthropology, sociology, and political science). Students in the B.S. program take a series of courses in mathematics, biology, and other sciences.