Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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. Students in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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.
  3. A science minor must be selected from the Departments of Anthropology (courses to be taken from Physical, Forensic, or Archaeology), Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, or Physics.
  4. Majors 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.
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive courses (not including ENG 1310 or ENG 1320) are required for graduation.
  6. 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.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
US 11001POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
PSY 130013HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
Mathematics Component Code 0203COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
 14 16
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030 select one of the following:3-4Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030 select one of the following:4
  
  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 select one of the following:3PSY 21001
 PSY 2101
PSY 23011
4
 Select one of the following:3
  
 
ENG Literature
 
 ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
  
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
 15 15
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY 340214Select one of the following:3
PSY 332213 
PSY Group A3
ENG Literature
 
Minor6PSY Group B3
 PSY ADV elective3
 Minor6
 16 15
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY Group C3PSY ADV electives3
PSY ADV elective3PSY 43913
Minor or electives9ADV minor or electives8
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1
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).

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