May 21, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog

Psychology, BA or BS

Requirements for the Major


Fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements.


Complete a minimum of 57 credits in psychology, at least 36 credits of which must be upper division, for the baccalaureate degree, including:


Core curriculum (28 credits):

(All courses taken to fulfill credit requirements for the psychology major or minor must have a psychology (PSY) prefix or be approved for psychology credit by the Psychology Department.)


Complete psychology electives (12 credits, of which 8 must be upper division). Transfer courses in the same content area that are equivalent to SOU offerings may not be used to fulfill both core and elective areas.


Earn a minimum grade of C for each psychology course counted toward the major, plus a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in all courses counted toward the major.


Lower division writing, biology, statistics and psychology courses are prerequisites for some upper division psychology courses. Check upper division course listings for prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.


Writing, critical-thinking skills, and research competencies will be achieved as components throughout the Psychology major curriculum.


A maximum of 6 credits from the following courses may be counted toward the 57 credits needed for a psychology degree.

The following should be successfully completed by the end of the junior year to assure that graduation can occur by the end of the senior year.

A minimum of 180 credits is required to graduate from SOU. Factors such as the number of hours and types of courses transferred to SOU may affect the total number of credits accrued in satisfying all requirements for graduation with a psychology major.

Optional Program Emphases

There are several program emphases for psychology majors, depending on particular career plans (e.g., paraprofessional programs and pregraduate school programs, including experimental, clinical or counseling, developmental, and organizational psychology). See your advisor for suggested coursework in these program emphases.