Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology has six basic components:

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Core Psychology Requirements
  3. Bachelor of Science Requirements
  4. Writing Intensive Depth Requirements
  5. Psychology Elective Requirements
  6. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
BIOL 1010General Biology (LS) (meets GE Life Science requirement)3
or BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (meets GE Mathematics requirement)3
PSY 1010General Psychology (meets GE Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (meets GE GLOCUP requirement)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
PSY 3120Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 3400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3
PSY 3410Social Psychology3
Bachelor of Science Requirements
PSY 3000Statistical Methods/Psychology4
PSY 3010Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 3710Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSY 4910Capstone Research in Psychology3
Writing Intensive Depth Requirements
Complete one (1) course each from at least three (3) categories
Developmental:
PSY 3200Development in Infancy & Childhood3
or PSY 3220 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
or PSY 3230 Adult Development & Aging
Cognitive:
PSY 3712Human Learning & Memory3
or PSY 4140 Cognitive Neuroscience
or PSY 4150 Sensation & Perception
Clinical:
PSY 3320Survey of Clinical Psychology3
or PSY 3440 Child & Family Mental Health
or PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling & Psychotherapy
or PSY 4350 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Social:
PSY 3420Psy of Culture & Diversity3
or PSY 3700 Personality Theory
or PSY 4200 Psychology of Morality
Neuroscience:
PSY 3720Psychopharmacology3
or PSY 4130 Interpersonal Neuroscience
or PSY 4520 Psychobiology
Psychology Electives
Complete a minimum of 6 credits of additional PSY courses (3 credits must be upper-division)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline, Research Area, and Psychology Elective course.
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
PSY 1001 FYE: Psychology/Social Science 1
PSY 1010 General Psychology (GE: Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS) (GE: Life Sciences) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (GLOCUP) 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (GE: Mathematics) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
 Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
PSY 2000 Writing in Psychology: APA Style 3
PSY 3000 Statistical Methods/Psychology 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PSY 3010 Research Methods in Psychology 4
PSY 3120 Cognitive Psychology 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
PSY 3400 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3
PSY 3410 Social Psychology 3
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
Psychology Elective 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
Psychology Elective (Upper Division) 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
PSY 3710 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY 4910 Capstone Research in Psychology 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours120