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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Prospective majors are encouraged to take PSYC 102, PSYC 104/PSYC 105, PSYC 200/PSYC 201, and PSYC 210/PSYC 211 early in their preparation to major in psychology.  PSYC 104/PSYC 105 and either PSYC 200/PSYC 201 or PSYC 210/PSYC 211 are prerequisites for most other courses in psychology.  Both PSYC 104/PSYC 105 and PSYC 120/PSYC 121 fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences principal course requirement in the social sciences area of individual behavior. For more information, contact the department's advising specialist.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Students are strongly urged to apply to the major as soon as they meet the requirements.

Students may major in psychology if, at the time they apply, they meet these criteria:

  1. Have satisfactorily completed PSYC 102.
  2. Have completed PSYC 104/PSYC 105 and PSYC 200/PSYC 201 or PSYC 210/PSYC 211.
  3. Have completed the core psychology course specific to the psychology major:
    Choose from PSYC 318/PSYC 319 or PSYC 333/PSYC 334 or PSYC 350/PSYC 351 or PSYC 360/PSYC 361 or PSYC 370/PSYC 371 or PSYC 380/PSYC 381 (Must complete at least 1 but not more than 3 of the psychology core courses in order to apply to the psychology major. All the core courses completed at the time of application will be calculated into the admission grade-point average.)
  4. Have a grade-point average of at least 2.5 based on grades in PSYC 104, PSYC 200/PSYC 201, and/or PSYC 210/PSYC 211, and the psychology core course(s). PSYC 102 is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory and not computed in the grade-point average.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which admission requirements will be completed. If a student does not meet admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and course requirements) and the final deadline for admission.

The undergraduate advisory committee evaluates applications. Students providing documentation of meeting the criteria are admitted when they apply. Faculty members are aware of the dangers associated with relying solely on grade-point average in selecting students. The department is committed to promoting cultural diversity in its programs, and the undergraduate advisory committee is guided by principles of affirmative action.

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