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Psychology Degree Requirements

Pre-Psychology (BA Degree)

All students are admitted as "Pre-PSY majors." Students will be admitted into the PSY major when they have achieved the following:

Students enrolling as freshmen:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25:
    1. PSY 1305
    2. NSC 1306-1106
    3. PSY 2402
    4. PSY 1101 (Students who completed another New Student Experiences class may petition to allow that course to substitute for PSY 1101.)
    If transfer or AP credit was used to satisfy the PSY 1305 requirements, the grade earned will not be used to compute GPA.
  2. Students enrolling at Baylor as freshman must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University. Students will be admitted to the major as soon as they have earned 45 hours and completed the above requirements. Students who have not satisfactorily completed the requirements by the time they have completed 75 hours will not be allowed to continue in the major.
  3. Baylor students who change major to Pre-Psychology (BA) and students enrolling as transfer students are not subject to the 45 hour minimum and do not need to complete PSY 1101 but must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25. These students will be considered for admission to the Psychology (BA) major at the end of their second semester as a pre-major, but must meet the above requirements prior to completing 36 hours in the pre-major at Baylor. Only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

Exceptions to the above policies based on extenuating circumstances can be directed to the chair or chair’s designee.


Pre-Psychology (BS Degree)

All students are admitted as "Pre-PSY majors". Students will be admitted into the PSY major when they have achieved the following:

Students enrolling as Freshmen:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25:
    1. PSY 1305
    2. NSC 1306-1106
    3. PSY 2402
    4. PSY 1101 (Students who completed another New Student Experiences class may petition to allow that course to substitute for PSY 1101.)
    If transfer or AP credit used to satisfy the PSY 1305 requirements, the grade earned will not be used to compute GPA.
  2. Completed at least three of the following science education core requirements, with a grade of C or better in all and a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.30:
    BIO 1305-1105, CHE 1301-1101, PHY 1408 or PHY 1420, MTH 1321
  3. Transfer credits can be used to satisfy one of these requirements, but only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.
  4. Students enrolling at Baylor as freshmen must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University. Students will be admitted to the major as soon as they have earned 45 hours and completed the above requirements. Students who have not satisfactorily completed the requirements by the time they have completed 75 hours will no longer be allowed to continue in the major.
  5. Baylor students who change major to Pre-Psychology (BS) and students enrolling as transfer students are not subject to the 45 hour minimum and do not need to complete PSY 1101 but must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.6. These students will be considered for admission to the Psychology (BA) major at the end of their second semester as a pre-major at Baylor. Only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

Exceptions to the above policies based on extenuating circumstances can be directed to the chair or chair’s designee.


B.A. Degree
Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Thirty-four semester hours including the following:

  1. PSY 1305, 2402, 2405; and NSC 1306, 1106.
  2. Three courses from Group A: PSY 3314, 3318, 3350, 4395, either 3310 or 3425, and no more than two of 3308, 3330, and 4327.
  3. One course and its lab from Group B: PSY/NSC 3311-3111, 3319-3119, 3320-3120, 3323-3123, 4330-4130.
  4. One course from Group C: PSY 3355, 3360, 3380, 3399, 3406, 4302, 4329, 4339, 4355, 4380, 4385, 4400; PSY/NSC 4312, 4317, 4324, 4V96.
  5. Three semester hours of additional Psychology electives which may be selected from additional courses listed in Groups A, B, and C. The following courses are not applicable to the major: PSY 3V90, 3321, and 3341.
  6. A grade of "C" or better in psychology and/or neuroscience courses used for the major.
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in PSY 1101 during their first semester on campus.

Required courses in other fields:

  1. MTH 1320 or 1321 or STA 1380.
  2. A grade of "C" or better in this required Mathematics course.

B.S. Degree
Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Thirty-five semester hours including the following:

  1. PSY 1305, 2402, 2405; and NSC 1306, 1106.
  2. Three courses from Group A: PSY 3314, 3318, 3350, 4395, either 3310 or 3425, and no more than two of 3308, 3330, and 4327.
  3. One course and its lab from Group B: PSY/NSC 3311-3111, 3319-3119, 3320-3120, 3323-3123, 4330-4130.
  4. PSY 4400
  5. Three semester hours of additional Psychology electives which may be selected from additional courses listed in Groups A or B, or selected from PSY 3355, 3360, 3380, 3399, 3406, 4302, 4329, 4339, 4355, 4380, 4385; PSY/NSC 4312, 4317, 4324, 4V96. The following courses are not applicable to the major: PSY 3V90, 3321, and 3341.
  6. A grade of "C" or better is required in all psychology and/or neuroscience courses used for the major.
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in PSY 1101 during their first semester on campus.

Required courses in other fields: A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

  1. BIO 1305-1105, 1306-1106, and 3422 or 3429.
  2. MTH 1321 and 1322.
  3. PHY 1408 and 1409.
  4. PHI 1306 or 4310.
  5. Two courses from CHE 1301, 1302; MTH 2311, 2321.

 Majors and potential majors are encouraged to obtain a copy of "Advisement Information for Psychology Majors" or "Advisement Information for Neuroscience Majors" from the department as an aid in academic advisement and career preparation.
 Students intending to do graduate work are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of required hours but no more than forty-five hours in psychology or neuroscience.


What are the additional requirements specified within the major?

  1. A grade of "C" or better is required in all psychology courses.
  2. You must complete all of the courses specified in the major (34 psychology hours for the B.A. and 35 for the B.S.). A list of the courses you must complete can be found below.
  3. Students declaring a Psychology or Neuroscience major during the Fall 2011 semester or after are subject to the following policy introduced in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog (page 108):
A student who earns a D or F in a PSY or NSC course may repeat the course. However, a student earning a second D or F in the same course, or in a subsequent PSY or NSC course, will not be eligible to continue in the Psychology or Neuroscience major. The student may, however, be eligible to continue studies in another major in the University. Students who believe they have individual circumstances warranting an exception to these grade minimums and failure policies may appeal to the department chair.
Upon earning a D or F in one of your major courses, you will be advised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the director's designee with the objective of finding a path to success in the major or identifying another major better suited to your aptitude and abilities.


List of Courses (34 hours for BA; 35 hours for BS)

The following courses are required of ALL Psychology Majors:

No. of Hours Course No. Course Title Prerequisites
3 PSY 1305 Introductory Psychology None
3 NSC 1306 Introduction to Neuroscience None
1 NSC 1106 Introduction to Neuroscience Lab None
4 PSY 2402 Statistics PSY 1305; MTH 1320, 1321 or STA 1380
4 PSY 2405 Research Methods 1305 & 2402
3 PSY 4400 Advanced Statistics For B.S. only, 2402


Group A

Three courses from the following:

Course No. Course Title Prerequisites
PSY 3308* Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling 1305 & 2402
PSY 3314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1305 & 2402
PSY 3318 Psychology of Memory 1305, 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 3330* Psychopathology 1305 & 1306/1106
PSY 3350 Lifespan Human Development 1305 & 1306/1106
PSY 4327* Theories of Personality 1305 & 2402
PSY 4395 History of Psychology 1305 & 2402
PSY 3310 Social Psychology 1305 & 2402
PSY 3425 Group Processes 1305 & 2402

(*)Note: You may count only two out of 3308, 3330, 4327 toward a degree in Psychology.
You may only count one of 3310 or 3425 towards a degree in Psychology.


Group B

One course from the following:

Course No. Course Title Prerequisites
PSY 3311/3111 Cognition NSC 1306/1106 & PSY 2402
PSY 3319/3119 Clinical Neuroscience NSC 1306/1106 & PSY 2402
PSY 3320/3120 Learning and Behavior NSC 1306/1106 & PSY 2402
PSY 3323/3123 Sensation and Perception NSC 1306/1106 & PSY 2402
PSY 4330-4130 Behavioral Neuroscience NSC 1306/1106 & PSY 2402

Group C

One course from the following:

Course No. Course Title Prerequisites
PSY 3355 Drugs and Behavior 1306/1106
PSY 3360 Psychology of Gender 1305 & 2402
PSY 3380 Forensic Psychology 1305 & 2402
PSY 3399 Positive Psychology 1305 & 2402
PSY 3406 Comparative Psychology 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 4302 Human Development 1305 & 2402
PSY 4312 Behavioral Medicine 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 4317 The Literature of Behavioral Neuroscience 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 4324 Research on the Senses and Perception 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 4329 Consciousness and Mind 1306/1106 & 2402
PSY 4339 Psychology of Religion 1305
PSY 4355 Psychology of Aging 1305
PSY 4380 Psychology of Personal Relationships 1305 & 2402
PSY 4385 Psychology of Film 1305/Instructor Consent & upper level standing
PSY 4400 Advanced Statistics 2402
PSY 4V96 Special Topics in Psychology Instructor Consent

Please note that you must complete one additional course from Group A, B, or C in order to meet Psychology major requirements.

Note: 3V90 Community Volunteer Work (3330 prerequisite) is not listed among the Group A, B, or C courses. It can be applied to upper-level requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, but it does not satisfy any requirement for the major.