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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


Major Requirements for Psychology


Department of Psychology
www.psych.utah.edu
Social and Behavioral Science Building Rooms 507 & 508
801-585-9095
psych.advising@psych.utah.edu
 

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 53

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 41 hours in PSY courses are required and 25 of these must be upper-division.
  • 10 hours of PSY courses must be completed at the U of U and at least 8 of these must be upper-division.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of experiential learning can count towards the total 41 credits (including Research Experience, Peer Advising, Teaching Assisting and Internships).
  • All psychology and allied department courses must be completed with a C or better.
  • Students must visit with an undergraduate advisor to apply.  Requirements to declare include completion of at least 10 credits at the U of U, a 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of declaration, and completion of PSY 1010: General Psychology and PSY 2010: Orientation to Psychology as a Science & Profession with a grade of C or better.

Honors in Psychology

Students seeking an HBA or HBS in Psychology must complete:

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  • 9 hours of Honors Psychology electives
  • 6 hours of research experience: PSY 4800-4806
  • Complete two semesters (6 hours total) of Honors Thesis: PSY 4998  and PSY 4999  
  • To learn more about Honors Degree options, please contact the Psychology Advising Center

Required


Core Requirements


Complete 1 course from 4 of the 5 areas.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are listed in more than one area but can only count towards one of the core requirements.

Developmental Core


Social Core


Clinical Core


Electives


Choose from among all psychology undergraduate course offerings to complete the 41 credit-hour requirement. This includes 4000-level Internships, Research Experience, Teaching Assisting and Peer Advising. Up to 6 hours of these classes can count toward the 41 credit-hour requirement.

Allied Hours


Complete 12 credit hours of which 6 must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or above); waived with completion of a second major or minor. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. The goal of this requirement is to foster a broader educational base for psychology majors, consistent with the general aims of a liberal arts degree. Allied hours are any course taken in the following departments: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, City and Metropolitan Planning, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Economics, Educational Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, Health Promotion and Education, Honors, Mathematics, Philosophy & Cognitive Science, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, and Writing. For students completing a second major or minor, this requirement is waived because these fulfill the same goals of fostering a broader educational base for psychology majors.

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan


Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year


Fall Semester


  • PSY 1010 - General Psychology 4 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (WR2) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (QA) 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree - 1st Semester Language 4 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 14

Spring Semester


  • General Education - (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (HF) 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY - Major Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 2 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree - 2nd Semester Language 4 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


  • PSY 3010 - Research Methods in Psychology 4 Credit(s)  - Fulfills CW and QI Requirement
  • General Education - (SF or AS) 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY - Bachelor Degree - (DV) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 1 Credit
  • Bachelor Degree - 4th Semester Language 4 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Third Year


Fall Semester


  • PSY - Core Course 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY 48XX 1 Credit
  • PSY - Upper-Division Allied Course 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (SF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (HF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 16

Spring Semester


  • General Education - (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY 48XX 1 Credit
  • PSY - Core Course 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 6 Credit(s)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hours 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 16

Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Bachelor Degree - (IR) 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY - Upper-Division Major Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY 48XX 1 Credit
  • PSY - Core Course 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 5 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


  • PSY - Major Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY 48XX 1 Credit
  • PSY - Core Course 3 Credit(s)
  • PSY - Upper-Division Allied Course 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 5 Credit(s)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hours 1 Credit
Total Hours: 16