Degree Programs

Choosing a BA or a BS degree?

A psychology major may choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) or a Bachelor of Science degree (BS). The psychology faculty recommends the BA for most students.

The BA degree is a liberal arts degree. It provides general knowledge in many fields and emphasizes intellectual skills such as thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and judgment. The primary goal of a liberal arts degree is not to prepare the student for a specific job but to develop an educated citizen, the traditional objective of a college education.

The general knowledge, intellectual skills, and values that come from a broad liberal arts education are valuable for a lifetime. The liberal arts orientation of the BA degree compliments the student's knowledge of psychology.

The BS degree is narrower and more specialized than the BA, emphasizing mathematics, science, and computer skills. It is most appropriate for students planning research careers in areas of psychology requiring a strong background in mathematics and the sciences. Neuroscience, cognitive psychology, learning, and perception are examples of such areas.

However, even for students headed for research intensive careers in these areas, the BA degree supplemented by selected science and mathematics courses can be the best overall choice. Psychology advisors can help with decisions in individual cases.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Requirements
1997-2006 Catalog

Note that a student may elect to graduate under the requirements of one of two catalogs: the catalog in effect when the student is admitted into the psychology program, or the catalog in effect when the student graduates.

I.

Meet the General Education Requirements
for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

49 Credits

 


Communications

ENGL 111
ENGL 211, 212, 213, 214, 311, 312,or 414
COMM 111, 235, 237 or 241

  
  3 Credits
  3 Credits
  3 Credits

 


Ways of Knowing

ENGL 120
PHIL 101, 201, 301 or 421

  3 Credits

 


Comparative Cultures

ANTH 250

  3 Credits

 


Western Culture

HIST 101 and HIST 102

  6 Credits

 


American Culture

HIST 131, 132 or PS 101

  3 Credits

 


Fine Arts

ART 160, 261, 262, 367
DNCE 170
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
THR 111, 311, 312, 411, 412
JPC 367

  3 Credits

 


Literature

ENGL 121, 301, 302, 305, 306, 307

  3 Credits

 


Foreign Language/Humanities

Any 2 semester sequence in a language other than Engl or
ART 261 & 262
ENGL 201 & 202
MUS 221 & 222
PHIL 211 & 212 or 313B & 314
PS 332 & 333
THR 311 & 312 or 411 & 412

  6 Credits

 


Quantitative

AS 252
MATH 107, 108, 172, OR 270

  3 Credits

 


Natural Science

ASTR 103, 104
BIOL 102, 103, 105, 106, 111, 112
CHEM 103, 104, 105, 106
ENVI 202
GEOG 205, 205L
GEOL 111, 112, 115, 115L
LSIS 101, 102, 201, 202
PHYS 101, 123, 124, 211, 212

  7 Credits
  including
  1 credit lab

 


Social Behavior

ANTH 101
COMM 101
ECON 201
PS 102
SOC 101
HUMS/SWK 106
JPC 101

  3 Credits
  not in
  major

II.


Meet the Psychology major requirements

41 Credits

1.


Core Courses

PSY 111 General Psychology
PSY 150 Life Span Development
PSY 260 Statistics for Psychology
*PSY 260L Lab for Statistic in Psychology
PSY 261 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 355 Learning and Cognition
PSY 370 Biological Psychology
PSY 375 Social Psychology

29 Credits
  3
  3
  3                                     

  1
  4
  3
  4
  3
  3

2.


Psychology Electives

Note:  9 credits must be upper division. Catalog years 2002-2003 and beyond must take one of the capstone courses listed below as part of these 12 credits.

12 Credits

3.


Psychology Capstone Course (3 Credits)

Note:  Catalog years 2002-2003 and beyond must take one of the following capstone courses as part of the 12 credits of psychology electives

PSY 412 Foundations of Modern Psychology
PSY 420 Conducting Research in Psychology
PSY 427 Advanced Field Experience in Psychology         
PSY 428 Evolutionary Psychology
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

 

4.


Take the Psychology Exit Exam

 

III.


Upper division credits

All 300 and 400 courses (major, minor, general
education requirements, electives) apply to this
requirement.

42 Credits

IV.


Complete a minimum total of:

120 Credits



*Indicates only a requirement for catalog years 2006-2007 and later.

 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Requirements
1997-2006 Catalog

Note that a student may elect to graduate under the requirements of one of two catalogs: the catalog in effect when the student is admitted into the psychology program, or the catalog in effect when the student graduates.

I.

Meet the General Education Requirements
for the Bachelor of Science Degree

49 Credits

 


Communications

ENGL 111
ENGL 211, 212, 213, 214, 311, 312,or 414
COMM 111, 235, 237 or 241

  
  3 Credits
  3 Credits
  3 Credits

 


Quantitative Skills
AS 253 or 307
MATH 200 or 272

  
  3 Credits
  3 Credits

 


Computer Programming
CS 105, 107, 109, 201, 203 or ES 201

  3 Credits

 


Natural Science
Must include at least 6 credits in each of 2 disciplines and 2 labs.

ASTR 103, 104
BIOL 102, 103, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116
CHEM 103, 104, 105, 106
GEOL 111, 112
PHYS 123, 124, 211, 212

  16 Credits

 


Fine Arts
ART 160, 261, 262, 367
DNCE 170
MUS 121, 122, 222
THR 111, 311, 312, 411, 412
JPC 367

  3 Credits

 


Foreign Language/Humanities

Any 2 semester sequence in a language other than Engl or

ART 261 & 262
ENGL 201 & 202
MUS 221 & 222
PHIL 211 & 212 or 313B & 314
PS 332 & 333
THR 311 & 312 or 411 & 412

  6 Credits

 


Social Science
Take two courses from the UAA General Education Classification List under Social Sciences. The courses must be outside of psychology.

  6 Credits not in major

II.


Meet the Psychology major requirements

41 Credits

1.


Core Courses

PSY 111 General Psychology
PSY 150 Life Span Development
PSY 260 Statistics for Psychology
*PSY 260L Lab for Statistic in Psychology
PSY 261 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 355 Learning and Cognition
PSY 370 Biological Psychology
PSY 375 Social Psychology

29 Credits
  3
  3
  3                                     

  1
  4
  3
  4
  3
  3

2.


Psychology Electives

Note:  9 credits must be upper division. Catalog years 2002-2003 and beyond must take one of the capstone courses listed below as part of these 12 credits.

12 Credits

3.


Psychology Capstone Course (3 Credits)

Note:  Catalog years 2002-2003 and beyond must take one of the following capstone courses as part of the 12 credits of psychology electives

PSY 412 Foundations of Modern Psychology
PSY 420 Conducting Research in Psychology
PSY 427 Advanced Field Experience in Psychology
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

 

4.


Take the Psychology Exit Exam

 

III.


Upper division credits

All 300 and 400 courses (major, minor, general
education requirements, electives) apply to this
requirement.

42 Credits

IV.


Complete a minimum total of:

120 Credits



*Indicates only a requirement for catalog years 2006-2007 and later.