Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science program is designed for the student who wishes to combine the psychology major with a strong subconcentration in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics. Optimal preparation for the B.S. program includes four years of high school mathematics and at least one course in the natural sciences. A bachelor of science in psychology is excellent preparation for careers or graduate studies in animal behavior, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, medicine, neuropsychology, perception, psychiatry, or veterinary medicine.

For a comparison between the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, please see our Comparison of the BA and BS degrees (pdf).

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in psychology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all psychology courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

Requirements   Credits 
 Psychology  35
      PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology
      PSYC 102. An Introduction to Biopsychology
      PSYC 201. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics I
      PSYC 202. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics II
      PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar)
      Three Social/Personality/Developmental electives
      Two Cognitive/Biological/Health electives
      Psychology elective
3
3
4
4
3
9
6
3
 Cognate Courses   11-12 
      BIO/BIOL 105. Biological Science I
      BIO/BIOL 106. Biological Science II
      One additional natural science (BIO, CHEM, PHYS, CS or MATH) course
           or one additional Cognitive/Biological/Health elective
4
4

3 or 4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
   
 General Electives   33-34 
 TOTAL  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Psychology Electives

Departmental Comprehensive Requirement

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must take the senior seminar. In this course students plan, conduct and write a senior thesis. The purposes of the thesis are to capstone undergraduate experiences and to provide a transition to post-baccalaureate life. The thesis is based on an empirical research project.






Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 101  3 PSYC 102 3
ENG 101 3 BIO/BIOL 106  4
SBU 101 2 ENG 102 3
BIO/BIOL 105 4 General Education Requirement 5
General Elective/Foreign Language* 3 SBU 102 1
    General Elective/Foreign Language* 3
Total  15 Total  17
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 201  4 PSYC 202  4
PSYC Elective 3 PSYC Elective 3
General Education Requirements 6 General Education Requirement 3
General Elective 3 General Electives 6
Total  16 Total  16
       
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC Electives 6 PSYC Electives 6
General Education Requirements 6 General Education Requirement 3
General Elective 3 Natural Science or CBH Elective** 3


Total  15 Total  12
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar) 3 General Electives 2
General Electives 6 General Electives 11
General Electives 6    
Total  15 Total  13

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** One additional natural science course (BIO, CHEM, PHYS, CS or MATH) or one additional course from the Cognitive/Behavioral/Health elective set.