Psychology, B.S. - Concentration: Research

Psychology |View/Print PDF

This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program for more information.

Overall GPA of 2.8 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 2 – Mind and Body
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology - (Group 1R)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


35 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required in all  PSY courses


Group 2R: One of the following (Prerequisites: completion of Group 1R)

* PSY 210 and PSY 219 may not both count toward the major. Likewise, PSY 215 and PSY 219 may not both count toward the major.

Group 3R: One of the following (Prerequisites: at least 3 credits from Group 2R)

  • PSY 318 — Emotional and Social Development
  • PSY 320 — Abnormal Child Psychology
  • PSY 321 — Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 361 — Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 366 — Health Psychology
  • PSY 370 — Educational Psychology
  • PSY 398 — Special Topics

Group 4R: Required course: (Prerequisites: 3 credits from Group 2R or 3R)

  • PSY 259 — Statistics in Psychology

Group 5R: Required course: (Prerequisites: departmental permission and completed major acceptance form)

  • PSY 300 —The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers

Group 6R: Three of the following (Prerequisites: completion of Group 4R, with a grade of C or higher, and Group 5R. Some courses have additional requirements)

Group 7R: Required course (Prerequisites: completion of Group 4R, with a grade of C or higher, and Group 5R)

Group 8R: One of the following (Prerequisites: completion of Group 4R, with a grade of C or higher, Group 5R, and at least 3 credits from Groups 3R and/or 6R. Some courses have additional requirements)

  • Any 400-level psychology course except for PSY 463, 467, 471, 472, 473, and 499.

Group 9R: Two courses (Prerequisites: completion of Group 7R)

  • PSY 431 —Tests and Measurements
          or PSY 461 — Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment

  • PSY 462 — Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation

Group 10R One of the following (specific course prerequisites apply)

  • PSY 463 — Field Practicum in Psychological Research
  • PSY 467 — Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research


12 Credits Required

Select a minimum of 12 credits from below:

  • ANT 102 — Physical Anthropology
  • ANT 204 — Language and Culture
  • ANT 214 — American Tongues: Everyday Politics of Speaking
  • ANT 222 — Modern Human Variation
  • ANT 302 — Issues in Biological Anthropology
  • BIO 231 — Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 233 — General Microbiology I
  • BIO 220 — Genetics
  • CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 450 - Biochemistry I
  • CHE 451 — Biochemistry II
  • CMD 317 — Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CSC 102 — BASIC Programming: Programming in BASIC
  • CSC 200 — Information Management and Productivity Software
  • CSC 204 — Internet: Applications and Management
  • CSC 203 — Flash ActionScript
  • CSC 306 — Internet Multimedia
  • CSC 370 — Computer Implementation of Statistical Methods
  • ENG 304 —Technical Writing and Communication
  • ENG 316 — Writing for Business and Industry
  • ILS 244 —The Use of Information Sources
  • MAT 139 — Short Course in Calculus
  • PHI 321 — Philosophy of Science
  • SOC 370 — Methods of Social Research


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).