Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The BA is the program followed by 90% of Psychology majors. It prepares students for most bachelor's level careers as well as graduate school in psychology and other professional domains.Students who are uncertain of which program to choose should select this degree.

For students entering prior to Summer 2018, consult a prior year Undergraduate Catalog for requirements.

For students entering in Summer 2018 or after:

In addition to Cardinal Core and Programmatic requirements, the Psychology BA requires the following in Psychology:

With a minimum grade of C:

Psyc 201 (Introduction to Psychology)

Psyc 301 (Statistics for Psychology)

Psyc 302 (Research Methods in Psychology)

With a minimum grade of C-:

Psyc 305 (Brain and Behavior)

Psyc 306 (Lifespan Developmental Psychology)

Psyc 307 (Cognitive Processes)

Psyc 308 (Abnormal Psychology)

Five additional Psyc electives at the 300+ level

Capstone course (CUE)

In addition to the Psychology courses above, BA students must also take two of the following sequences:

Anth 201 and a 300+ Anth elective

Phil 311, and Phil 321 or 323

PolS 201 and a 300+ PolS elective

Soc 201 and a 300+ Soc elective

The BA in Psychology online program offers the same curriculum and quality of instruction as the campus program. Learn more about the online option, application requirements and deadlines.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

This degree program is designed to accommodate the needs of majors who intend to pursue careers health or science fields and includes most of the required course work for a pre-med curriculum. This program requires a demanding sequence of supporting classes in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics beyond the introductory level, as well as increased hours of electives in the major. Early difficulty in supporting classes for the BS degree (Bio 240/242, Chem 201/202, Phys 221/222 or Math 205 with grades below a B-) should prompt a reconsideration of the BS program and an immediate consultation with the undergraduate advisor.


In addition to Cardinal Core and Programmatic requirements, the Psychology BS degree requires:

With a minimum grade of C:

Psyc 201 (Introduction to Psychology)

Psyc 301 (Statistics for Psychology)

Psyc 302 (Research Methods in Psychology)

With a minimum grade of C-:

Psyc 305 (Brain and Behavior)

Psyc 306 (Lifespan Developmental Psychology)

Psyc 307 (Cognitive Processes)

Psyc 308 (Abnormal Psychology)

Six additional Psyc electives at the 300+ level

Capstone course (CUE)

In addition to the Psychology courses above BS students must also take:

Bio 240, 242 and 244

Chem 201, 207, 208, 202 and 209

Phys 221, 223, 222 and 224

Math 205

Which degree is right for me?

Students earning the BA and BS receive the same fundamental preparation in psychology and are similarly prepared for careers after graduation. The BA degree prepares students for bachelor's level professional work and for application to master's and doctoral graduate programs in psychology, education, social work, occupational therapy, communication disorders, human resources, etc. The BS prepares students for health career graduate education by meeting prerequisite requirements for medical, dental and PA schools and calls for advanced work in biology, chemistry, physics and math. Only students with strong prior background in natural sciences should choose the BS degree. The degrees differ in content rather than level of scholarship.

Minor in Psychology

The Psychology minor requires the following:

With a minimum grade of C:

Psyc 201 (Introduction to Psychology)

Psyc 301 (Statistics for Psychology)

Psyc 302 (Research Methods in Psychology)

Three of the following with a minimum grade of C-:

Psyc 305 (Brain and Behavior)

Psyc 306 (Lifespan Developmental Psychology)

Psyc 307 (Cognitive Processes)

Psyc 308 (Abnormal Psychology)

One additional Psychology elective