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Psychology B.S. Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements, Bachelor of Science in Psychology


Students interested in becoming psychology majors should see Dr. Croxton, 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 Science in Psychology. Click here for an example Degree Map of 4 years of study for students entering Fredonia prior to Fall 2018.  A new Degree Map is forthcoming for students who entered Fredonia Fall 2018 or later.

Students may also elect to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. The department also offers three minors in Psychology, the General Psychology Minor, the Industrial-Organizational Minor, and the School and Counseling Psychology Minor.

  • 41 hours in psychology (with at least a 2.0 grade point average) as follows:
    • Core Group - all required The core courses are to be completed by the end of the junior year.
      • PSY 129 - Foundations of Psychology
      • PSY 130 - Psychology Laboratory
      • PSY 200 - Statistics for Psychology
      • PSY 315 - Research Methods
      • PSY 415 - Advanced Research Methods
      • PSY 489 - Independent Study
    • Group A - Psychophysiology - one of the following
      • PSY 342 - Perception
      • PSY 351 - Physiological Psychology or
      • PSY 361 - Cognitive Neuroscience or
      • PSY 363 - Psychopharmacology
    • Group B - Cognitive - one of the following:
      • PSY 343 - Cognitive Psychology or
      • PSY 344 - Psychology of Language or
      • PSY 364 - Cognitive Development
    • Group C - Social/Personality - one of the following:
      • PSY 246 - Personality or
      • PSY 345 - Social Psychology 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
    • Related Science Courses (14 credits)
  • One math class at the 100 level or above (3 credits) and either the Biology or Chemistry Focus
    • Biology Focus:
      • BIO 131 - Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)
      • BIO 132 - Introduction to Ecology and Evolution Lab (1 credit)
      • BIO 133 - Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
      • BIO 134 - Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1 credit)
      • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • Chemistry Focus:
      • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
      • CHEM 125 - General Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
      • CHEM 116 - General Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
      • CHEM 126 - General Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
      • BIO XXX - Biology Course (3 credits)

Also required:

  • One course of a developmental focus. PSY 364, PSY 365, PSY 366 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.
  • 6-10 additional hours in psychology, to bring the total to 41 hours in Psychology
  • 66 credits must be outside of Psychology
  • For students entering Fredonia in Fall 2015, a minimum of 45 hours (from any department, including Psychology) at the upper level (300 or 400 level) are required. For students entering prior to Fall 2015, a minimum of 36 hours is required.

Besides these Psychology Department requirements, keep in mind general college requirements for graduation including the College Core Curriculum/Fredonia Foundations.

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