Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology will contribute to a student’s general knowledge and prepare them to pursue advanced degrees in psychology or related disciplines. The program seeks to deliver its curriculum through an interactive and collaborative learning environment that provides its participants with a strong theoretical and scientific foundation in the field of psychology.

According to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program Freshmen Survey (Higher Education Research Institute, 2011), psychology was the second most popular undergraduate field in 2011, selected by 5.4% of incoming freshmen. Only general biology was more popular, chosen by 6.2% of incoming freshmen.

Individuals with bachelor’s degrees in psychology possess advanced critical thinking, research and writing skills. Students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree may find employment in a variety of contexts including public affairs, education, business, or sales. They may also secure employment personnel analysts, employment counselors, managers, interviewers, probation officers, writers or entrepreneurs.

A minor to complement the psychology major in another program is strongly recommended but not required.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (46 hours)

Completion of 46 semester hours of UIW Core Curriculum

Major Core Curriculum (38 hours)

  • PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 2320 Scientific Literacy in Psychology
  • PSYC 2350 Development Psychology
  • PSYC 2380 Biology and Behavior
  • PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3351 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3353 Personality
  • PSYC 3380 Applied Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC 3385 Multicultural Issues
  • PSYC 3450 Quantitative Methods
  • PSYC 3472 Learning
  • PSYC 4331 History of Psychology

Major Curriculum (15 hours)

  • PSYC 4332 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 43CS Capstone Project in Psychology
  • PSYC 4359 Internship in Psychology
Plus 9 hours from the following courses:
  • PSYC 3320 Qualitative Methods
  • PSYC 4310 Research Design
  • PSYC 4315 Comparative Psychology
  • PSYC 4322 Experimental Psychology Perception
  • PSYC 4325 Experimental Psychology Motivation

Elective Coursework

Remaining elective or minor hours needed to meet the 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation. Transfer credit may be used to fulfill these hours.

A minor in Psychology requires 15 semester hours in the discipline, including a minimum of six upper-division hours.

  • PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology
  • Plus 12 additional semester hours from Psychology courses; 6 of which must be upper division.