Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Psychology

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. For transfer students, 18 semester credit hours may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Psychology Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    PSY 1300Introduction to Psychology3
    TCCN: PSYC 2301
    PSY 3300Lifespan Development3
    TCCN: PSYC 2314
    PSY 2301Introduction to Statistics3
    TCCN: PSYC 2317
    PSY 3331Social Psychology3
    TCCN: PSYC 2319
    PSY 3315Psychopathology3
    TCCN: PSYC 2320
    PSY 3322Brain and Behavior3
    TCCN: PSYC 2330
    Total Hours18
  4. Students must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The minor in Forensic Psychology and the minor in Sport Psychology are not allowed with the B.A. major in Psychology.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses). Of these, at least 18 advanced hours must be in Psychology. Sufficient courses from the minor and other electives must be selected to ensure a total of 36 hours of advanced coursework.
  6. Nine hours of writing intensive courses (not including ENG 1310 or ENG 1320) are required for graduation.
  7. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  8. Students in the B.A. major in Psychology are required to complete at least one course from each of Groups A-C and to complete PSY 4391.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
US 11001POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3
PSY 1300 (TCCN PSYC 2301)13Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104American History Component Code 0603
Mathematics Component Code 0203COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 select one of the following:3-4BIO 1331 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN BIOL 1307])3
BIO 1320 (TCCN BIOL 1308)
 BIO 1131 (TCCN BIOL 1107)1
BIO 1330
BIO 1130 (minor [TCCN BIOL 1306 & 1106])
 Modern Language 23203
Modern Language 23103PSY 21001
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3PSY 2101
PSY 23011
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
American History Component Code 0603 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY 340214BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
PSY 332213PSY Group A3
BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science23ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 select one of the following:3Minor6
ANTH 1312 (TCCN ANTH 2351)
ECO 2301 (TCCN ECON 1301)
ECO 2314 (TCCN ECON 2302)
GEO 1310 (TCCN GEOG 1303)
SOCI 1310 (TCCN SOCI 1301)
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY Group B3PSY 43913
PSY Group C3PSY ADV electives6
PSY elective3ADV minor or electives5
ADV minor6 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
PSY 3300Lifespan Development3
PSY 3312Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 3313Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3
PSY 3315Psychopathology3
PSY 3316Personality Psychology3
PSY 3331Social Psychology3
PSY 3321Sensation and Perception3
PSY 3341Cognitive Processes3
PSY 4342Learning and Memory3