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

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. Students in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Psychology are required to take at least one course from each of Groups A-C and to take PSY 4391.
  2. Majors are required to have a minor. See the Minors section of this catalog for a list of approved Texas State minors. The minor in Forensic Psychology and the minor in Sport Psychology are not allowed with the Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology.
  3. At least 36 advanced hours must be taken. 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 course work.
  4. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses.
  5. Majors are required to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the general education core curriculum requirement by taking one of the following courses:
    Select one of the following:
    Cultural Anthropology
    Introduction to Sociology
    Principles of Economics
    Principles of Microeconomics
    World Geography
  6. Majors are required to complete their Life and Physical Sciences component of the general education core curriculum requirement by taking two courses in:
    BIO 1320Modern Biology I, Molecules, Cells, and Physiology3
    BIO 1421Modern Biology II, Organisms, Evolution, and Environment4
    BIO 1330
    BIO 1130
    Functional Biology
    and Functional Biology Laboratory
    BIO 1331
    BIO 1131
    Organismal Biology
    and Organismal Biology Laboratory

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 13103ENG 13203
US 11001POSI 23103
PSY 130013HIST 13103
MATH 1312 (or higher, excluding MATH 1316)3Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104COMM 13103
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Select one of the following:3-4Select one of the following:4
Modern Language 23103Modern Language 23203
PHIL 1305 or 13203PSY 21001
HIST 13203PSY 2101
PSY 23011
POSI 23203English Literature3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY 340214English Literature3
PSY 332213PSY Group A3
B.A. Science23Select one of the following:3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
 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
Foundation course for all serious study of psychology; much material covered in later courses depends on a thorough knowledge of topics in these five. These courses are required before students take Group C courses and PSY 4391. PSY 1300 is a prerequisite for all other PSY courses (except PSY 2311).

Majors are required to complete their BA Science requirement by taking one additional science and/or mathematics course, to be selected from the following disciplines: ANTH 2414 or ANTH 2415, any advanced Physical Anthropology or Archaeology course, biology (above 1421), chemistry, physics (including astronomy), mathematics (1317 and above), computer science (1319 and above), geology, PHIL 2330 (only), or GEO 1305 or GEO 2410 (only).

Group A - Human Development

PSY 3300Lifespan Development3
PSY 3312Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 3313Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3

Group B - Individual Differences/Social Behavior

PSY 3315Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3316Personality Psychology3
PSY 3331Social Psychology3

Group C - Cognition and Learning

PSY 3321Sensation and Perception3
PSY 3341Cognitive Processes3
PSY 4342Learning and Memory3