Bachelor of Arts/Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts / Science in Psychology has six basic components:

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Foreign Language Requirement (Bachelor of Arts only)
  3. Core Psychology Requirements
  4. Psychology Research Area 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 Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at DSU
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
1

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Psychology Requirements
PSY 1010General Psychology3
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
PSY 3000Statistical Methods/Psychology4
PSY 3010Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 4000History of Psychology3
FCS 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
Bachelor of Arts
Complete one of the following:
PSY 4910Capstone Research in Psychology3
PSY 4920Capstone Seminar in Psychology3
Bachelor of Science
PSY 4910Capstone Research in Psychology3
Research Area Requirements
Complete three of the following:
PSY 3200Development in Infancy & Childhood3
PSY 3220Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood3
PSY 3230Adult Development & Aging3
PSY 3410Social Psychology3
PSY 3700Personality Theory3
Complete two of the following:
PSY 3120Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 3710Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSY 4130Interpersonal Neuroscience3
PSY 4140Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSY 4150Sensation & Perception3
Complete two of the following:
PSY 3400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3
PSY 3440Child & Family Mental Health3
PSY 3460Health Psychology3
PSY 4300Introduction to Counseling & Psychotherapy4
PSY 4440Addiction3
Psychology Electives
Complete a minimum of 9 credits of additional PSY courses; (6 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.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
MATH 1000Transitional Mathematics II3
PSY 1001FYE: Psychology/Social Science1
PSY 1010General Psychology3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours14
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
General Education (Life Sciences/Lab)4
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Education (Physical Science/Lab)4
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics3
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
PSY 3000Statistical Methods/Psychology4
PSY Research Area: Social/Developmental Psychology Course3
PSY Research Area: Biological/Cognitive Psychology Course3
General Education (Exploration)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
PSY 3010Research Methods in Psychology4
General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (Global and Cultural Perspectives)3
PSY Research Area: Social/Developmental Psychology Course3
PSY Research Area: Clinical/Applied Psychology Course3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
PSY Research Area: Biological/Cognitive Psychology Course3
PSY Research Area: Social/Developmental Psychology Course3
PSY Elective (Any PSY Course)3
General Education (American Institutions)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
PSY 4000History of Psychology3
PSY Research Area: Social/Developmental Psychology Course3
PSY Research Area: Clinical/Applied Psychology Course3
PSY Elective (Any Upper-Division PSY Course)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY 4910Capstone Research in Psychology3
PSY Elective (Any Upper-Division PSY Course)3
Elective (Any Upper-Division course)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours12
Total Hour: 120