Psychology Degree Requirements

Pre-Psychology (BA Degree)

Students enrolling as freshmen:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA 2.25:
    • PSY 1305: Psychological Science
    • NSC 1306: Introduction to Neuroscience
    • PSY 2402: Psychological Statistics
    • PSY 1101 (Students who completed another New Student Experience 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. Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 45 hours completed a Baylor University.
  3. Students are eligible for promotion once they have earned 45 hours at Baylor University, and must complete the above requirements for admission to the major before completing 75 hours.

Students enrolling as transfer:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.25:
    • PSY 1305: Psychological Science
    • NSC 1306: Introduction to Neuroscience
    • PSY 2402: Psychological Statistics

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

  2. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 24 hours completed at Baylor University. Only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPA's.'
  3. Transfer students are eligible for promotion as soon as they have completed 24 hours of Baylor University, and must complete the requirements once they have completed 45 hours at Baylor.

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

Students failing to meet the promotion criteria cannot continue in the major.

Pre-Psychology (BS Degree)

Students enrolling as Freshmen:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25:
    • PSY 1305
    • NSC 1306
    • PSY 2402
    • 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. Have a minimum overal1 GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University.
  3. Students are eligible for promotion once they have earned 45 hours at Baylor University, and must complete the requirements for admission to the major before completing 75 hours.

Students enrolling as transfers:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.25:
    • PSY 1305
    • NSC 1306
    • PSY 2402
    If transfer or AP credit used to satisfy the PSY 1305 requirements, the grade earned will not be used to compute GPA.
  2. Transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 in no fewer than 24 hours completed at Baylor University. Only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.
  3. Transfer students are eligible for promotion as soon as they have completed 24 hours at Baylor University, and must complete the requirements once they have completed 45 hours at Baylor.

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

Students failing to meet the promotion criteria cannot continue in the major.

 

B.A. Degree
Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Thirty-four semester hours including the following:

  1. PSY 1305, NSC 1306-1106, PSY 2402, and PSY 2405
  2. Select one class from each of the following:
    1. Mental Health: PSY 3308, 3309, or 3330
    2. Experimental Psychology with Laboratory: PSY 3311-3111, 3320-3120, or 3323-3123
    3. Social and Developmental Psychology: PSY 3310, 3350, or 4327.
  3. Advanced psychology electives. Select three additional courses (minimum of 9 hours) from the above lists or any other 3000 level or 4000 level PSY course. Courses designated for nonmajors (PSY 3321, PSY 3341) are not applicable to the major
  4. A grade of “C” or better is required in all psychology and/or neuroscience courses used for the major.
  5. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in PSY 1101 during their fi rst semester on campus.
    Required courses in other fields: A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.
    • MTH 1320 or 1321 or STA 1380.
    • Four additional hours of Laboratory Science (not from PSY/NSC).

 

B.S. Degree
Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Thirty-four to thirty-five semester hours including the following::

  1. All of the following: PSY 1305, NSC 1306-1106, PSY 2402, and PSY 2405.
  2. Select one class from each of the following:
    1. Mental Health: PSY 3308, 3309, or 3330
    2. Experimental Psychology with Laboratory: PSY 3311-3111, 3320-3120, or 3323-3123
    3. Quantitative Psychology: PSY 4315 or 4400
    4. Biological Psychology: PSY 4312, 4319, or 3355
  3. Advanced psychology electives: Select two additional courses (minimum of 6 hours) from the above lists or any other 3000 level or 4000 level PSY course. Courses designated for non-majors (PSY 3321, 3341) are not applicable to the major
  4. A grade of “C” or better is required in all psychology and/or neuroscience courses used for the major.
  5. 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.
    • MTH 1321 and 1322
    • BIO 1305-1105 and 1306-1106
    • CHE 1301-1101 and 1302-1102
    • PHY 1408 or 1420

Majors and potential majors are encouraged to review "Advisement Information for Psychology Majors" or "Advisement Information for Neuroscience Majors" as an aid in academic advisemet and career preparation. Hard copies can be picked up from the departmental office.