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Psychology Degree Requirements

Pre-Major in Psychology (BA)

All students are admitted as “Pre-PSY majors.”  Students may apply to be admitted into the PSY major when they have achieved the following:

 

Students enrolling as freshmen:

A. 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 1001

 

If transfer or AP credit was used to satisfy the PSY 1305 requirements, the grade earned will not be used to compute GPA.

 

B. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University

 

C. Students may apply for admission to the major as soon as they have earned 45 hours, and must apply for admission to the major before completing 75 hours.

 

Students enrolling as transfers:  

A. Completed NSC 1306-1106 and PSY 2402 with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25.

 

B. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25, and only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

 

C. Transfer students are encouraged to apply by the end of their second semester and must apply once they have completed 36 hours at Baylor.

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

Pre-Major in Psychology (BS)

Students are admitted as “Pre-PSY majors” as freshmen.  Students apply to be admitted into the PSY major when they have achieved the following:

 

Students enrolling as freshmen:

A. 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 1001

 

If transfer or AP credit was used to satisfy the PSY 1305 requirements, the grade earned will not be used to compute GPA.

 

B. 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, MTH 1321

Transfer credits can be used to satisfy one of these requirements, but only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

 

C. Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.60 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University

 

D. Students may apply for admission to the major as soon as they have earned 45 hours, and must apply for admission to the major before completing 75 hours.

 

Transfers:

A. Completed NSC 1306-1106 and PSY 2402, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25

 

B. Two of the following: BIO 1305-1105, CHE 1301-1101, PHY 1408, MTH 1321, with a grade of C or better in all and a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.30. 

Transfer credits can be used to satisfy one of these requirements, but only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

 

C. Transfer students must have minimum GPA of 2.60, and only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.

 

D. Transfer students are encouraged to apply by the end of their second semester, and must apply once they have completed 36 hours at Baylor.

 

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

Note: 34 hours are required for the B.A. in Psychology, 37 for the B.S.

The following courses are required of ALL Psychology Majors:

No. of Hours Course No. Course Title Prerequisites
3 1305 Introductory Psychology None
3 1306 Introduction to Neuroscience None
1 1106 Introduction to Neuroscience Lab None
4 2402 Statistics Complete 1305/University Math Requirement
4 2405 Research Methods 1305; 2402
3 4300 Advanced Statistics For B.S. only, 2402


Group A
Three courses from the following:

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

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
:

3311-3111 Cognitive Psychology NSC 1306/1106, PSY 2402
3319-3119 Clinical Neuroscience NSC 1306/1106, PSY 2402
3320-3120 Learning and Behavior NSC 1306/1106, PSY 2402
3323-3123 Sensation and Perception NSC 1306/1106, PSY 2402
4330-4130 Behavioral Neuroscience NSC 1306/1106, PSY 2402

Group C
One course from the following
:

3355 Drugs and Behavior 1305
3360 Psychology of Gender 1305/2402
3380 Forensic Psychology 1305/2402
3406 Comparative Psychology 1306/2402
4300 Advanced Statistics 2402
4302 Human Development 1305/2402
4312 Behavioral Medicine 1306
4317 The Literature of Behavioral Neuroscience 1306/2402
4324 Research on the Senses and Perception 1306/2402
4329 Consciousness and Mind 1305
4339 Psychology of Religion 1305
4355 Psychology of Aging 1305
4V96 Special Topics in Psychology I 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.