Psychology Department
Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students interested in becoming psychology majors should see Dr. Drout, the chairperson of the Psychology Department, who will make a decision on each student's request for admission to the department. Upon approval, the student's academic records will be kept in the Psychology Department's main office, Thompson W357.  Below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Students may also elect to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  Within both the BA and BS degrees, specialized courses of study are available.  These include the Biopsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience emphasis for the BS, and BA specializations in School and Child, Forensic Psychology, and Counseling and Health.  The department also offers three minors in Psychology, the General Psychology Minor, the Industrial-Organizational Minor, and the School and Counseling Psychology Minor. 

  • 35 hours in psychology (with at least a 2.0 grade point average) as follows:
    • Core Group - all required
      • PSY 129 - Introduction to Psychology
      • PSY 130 - Psychology Laboratory
      • PSY 200 - Statistics
      • PSY 210 - Research Methods
      The core courses are to be completed by the end of the junior year.

    • Group A - Psychophysiology - either
      • PSY 342 - Perception or
      • PSY 351 - Physiological Psychology
      • PSY 361 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Group B - Cognitive - one of the following:
      • PSY 244 - Cognitive Psychology or
      • PSY 344 - Psychology of Language or
      • PSY 364 - Cognitive Development
    • Group C - Social - one of the following:
      • PSY 245 - Social Psychology or
      • PSY 246 - Personality or
      • PSY 365 - Social Development
    • Group D - Clinical/Counseling - one of the following:
      • PSY 356 - Abnormal or
      • PSY 379 - Child Psychopathology or
      • PSY 447 - Counseling
    • Theoretical Thinking - one of the following:
      • PSY 429 - History and Systems or
      • PSY 430 - Theories of Psychology or
      • PSY 439 - Senior Honors Seminar or
      • PSY 454 - Theories of Memory or
      • PSY 456 - Theories of Personality
  • Also required: One course of a developmental focus. PSY 364, PSY 365 or PSY 379 may count here as well as in the the groupings above. PSY 289 (Lifespan Human Development) or PSY 349 (Child Psychology) also meet this requirement.
  • Also required: 6 to 9 additional hours in psychology, as advised.   For students who entered Fredonia beginning with the Fall, 2009, semester or later, a minor in another field is required.  For those who entered Fredonia prior to Fall, 2009, twelve hours in a related interest area are required (any discipline other than psychology, chosen with advisement); at least six hours of these twelve hours must be at the upper level (300 or 400 level).
  • MATH 105, 106, 108, 110, 120, or 122 as advised.
  • A minimum of 30 hours (from any department, including Psychology) at the upper level (300 or 400 level).

Besides these Psychology Department requirements, keep in mind general college requirements for graduation including the College Core Curriculum and the need to take 66 hours outside the major department.

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