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Psychology Major (BS)

Department of Psychology, 348 Gordon Palmer Hall
www.as.ua.edu/psychology
psychology@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in psychology must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in psychology requires successful completion of the following 32 semester hours:

Courses Hours
PY 101 3
PY 211 3
PY 355 3
PY 356 2
PY area requirement* 9
PY 471 3
PY 491 (or PY 379 and PY 491) 6
PY elective 300 or 400 level 3
Total 32
   

*Area requirement: Students must complete courses from three of the following content areas for a total of 9 hours:

  1. Developmental: PY 352, PY 365, or PY 4611
  2. Learning/cognition: PY 361 or PY 4702
  3. Social/personality: PY 358, PY 368, PY 372, or PY 462
  4. Biologically Based: PY 313 or PY 4134

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in psychology requires successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

Courses Hours
BSC, CH, or PH* 8
MATH 125 or MATH 145 4
   

*Must be chosen from the following: BSC 108, BSC 109, BSC 114:115, BSC 116:117, BSC 118, BSC 120, CH 101, CH 102, CH 104, CH 105, CH 107, CH 108, CH 117, CH 118, PH 101, PH 102, PH 105, PH 106, PH 125, or PH 126.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Majors must receive a minimum grade of “C-“ in PY 211. In addition, a minimum of 12 hours must be earned in 400-level courses, excluding hours earned in PY 451, PY 481, and PY 495. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. The psychology department honors program is designed to afford qualified majors the opportunity to participate in activities preparatory for graduate training in psychology. The two-year program is research-oriented and involves interactions with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment. Completion of the program is contingent on the submission of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master’s thesis. Psychology majors who are in the second semester of the sophomore year with 9 hours of coursework in psychology (including PY 101, PY 211, and a 300-level course) to be completed by the end of the semester may apply for admission to the psychology department honors program. A completed application and interview by the Departmental Honors Committee are required before acceptance. To be accepted, a student must have a 3.3 GPA in psychology coursework and a 3.0 overall GPA; however, meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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