Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Psychology (B.S.)

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

Degree Requirements

Core requirements for a Bachelor of Science major in psychology:

PSY 200General Psychology

4

PSY 204The Great Psychologists

2

PSY 211Statistics and Experimental Methods I

4

PSY 220Fundamentals of Biopsychology and Learning

4

PSY 312Statistics and Experimental Methods II

4

PSY 499Senior Capstone

1

Note: PSY 312 must be completed before enrolling in 400 level courses. PSY 211 must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, after taking MAT 160 (or higher).

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

MAT 170Precalculus

4

or

MAT 260Calculus I

4

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

PSY 200General Psychology

4

Total Credit Hours:17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

PSY 204The Great Psychologists

2

PSY 211Statistics and Experimental Methods I

4

or

PSY 220Fundamentals of Biopsychology and Learning

4

FYW 102Writing & Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

PSY 204The Great Psychologists

2

PSY 211Statistics and Experimental Methods I

4

or

PSY 220Fundamentals of Biopsychology and Learning

4

PSY 200 levelSatisfy area requirements as needed

4

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

or

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

with

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:18

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

PSY 300 levelSatisfy area requirements as needed

8

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

or

CHE 154General Chemistry II

3

with

CHE 155LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

PSY 300+ levelSatisfy area requirements as needed

8

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

or

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

with

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

PSY 300+ levelSatisfy area requirements as needed

8

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

or

CHE 154General Chemistry II

3

with

CHE 155LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

PSY 300+ levelSatisfy area requirements as needed

8

General Elective

4

Select one of the following:

BIO 212Ecology

4

BIO 225Vertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 250Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

BIO 300General Genetics

4

BIO 310Developmental Biology

4

BIO 320Molecular Genetics

4

BIO 330General Physiology

4

BIO 350Cell Biology

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

PSY 499Senior Capstone

1

General Electives

11

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 126

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must take a minimum of 24 hours in psychology that includes 16 hours of 300–400 level courses (at least one course at the 400 level, but not 499). The specific courses chosen for the major must fill the area requirements as described in the UT catalog, and will depend on the student’s special emphasis (or none). Many courses have prerequisites, which are listed in the Course Descriptions chapter of this catalog.