The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience offers three undergraduate degrees:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Neuroscience.
The B.A. and B.S. degrees in Psychology both provide liberal arts education with required courses in the humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science. The B.A. degree has a greater emphasis in the humanities and the B.S. degree has a greater emphasis in science and mathematics. The choice of the B.A. degree versus the B.S. degree is more a matter of your interests and abilities than career choice, as most careers are equally accessible with the B.A. or the B.S.
Graduate and professional schools in psychology and other disciplines place much greater emphasis on the courses you take, your grade point average and career-related experience, than whether your degree is a B.A. or a B.S. Approximately 85% of our majors earn the B.A. degree.
The pre-major is a collection of core courses that incoming students must complete prior to being admitted to either the PSY or NSC major. The material covered in these courses provides a broad introduction to psychological science that provides the foundation for more focused and detailed study as you progress through the major. The core courses of the pre-major are designed to present the material in sequence, which prevents you from getting overwhelmed or "in over your head".
Starting as a pre-major serves several purposes. First, it allows you to develop a strong discipline-specific knowledge base before progressing onto more sophisticated concepts. Through this exposure, you are also better equipped to determine whether this major is the best fit for you academically. Second, it provides a clear map for a student's sequence of courses. Finally, our departmental research shows that students who struggle in these early courses are likely to struggle throughout the duration of the major. A poor GPA can have long-term consequences in terms of your post-baccalaureate plans such as finding employment or gaining admission into graduate or professional school. Therefore, we want to provide that feedback very early in a student's college experience, in order to allow that student time to find a more suitable major. For more information- click here.
To become a BA PSY major, you must complete the following core courses with a combined GPA in these courses of 2.25:
You also must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 or better, and must have completed 45 hours of coursework at Baylor.
To become a BS Psychology major, you must complete the same PSY courses, with the same minimum GPA. In addition, you must complete 3 of the 4 core science classes (BIO 1305-1105, CHE 1301-1101, PHY 1408 or PHY 1420, MTH 1321) with a grade of C or better in all and a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.30. Finally, you must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.60, and must have completed 45 hours of coursework at Baylor.
To become a BS NSC major, you must complete NSC 1101, earn a B or better in NSC 1306 and NSC 1106, and complete 3 of the 4 core sciences classes (BIO 1305-1105, CHE 1301-1101, PHY 1408 or PHY 1420, MTH 1321) with a grade of C or better in all and a minimum GPA in these courses of 2.30. Finally, you must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, and must have completed 45 hours of coursework at Baylor.
At the conclusion of every semester, we review the program of all pre-majors. If you meet the stated requirements, you will be admitted as a full-time major, and we will submit a Change of Major form on your behalf, usually before the start of the next semester. If you believe you have met the standards but have not yet been promoted, please contact Dr. Riley, the Undergraduate Program Director in Psychology and Neuroscience.
Baylor offers two graduate degrees in psychology, the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychology.
Being a Baylor undergraduate does not mean you are able to get an advanced degree from Baylor as well. Students from all over the country apply for these programs, and only a select few are chosen.
PSY 1101 and NSC 1101 are first-year experience courses required for all new and transfer students entering as Pre-Psychology or Pre-Neuroscience majors. We will introduce you to the faculty in the department, discuss the academic requirements of the major, and discuss ways in which you can make the adjustment to Baylor successful. This course satisfies BU1000 or U1000 requirements. For Fall 2018, these courses meet every Monday from 3:35-4:25.
Goals Students will learn:
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In addition, you may set up an appointment with your advisor for career advice aimed specifically to your personal situation.
Once you declare Psychology as your major, you must complete the requirements listed in your degree plan. You can obtain your degree plan in the Degree Plan Office located in Burleson Hall (710-2200). The degree plan is how the university determines if you have met the degree requirements and are eligible to graduate. You should use the degree plan to help you plan which courses you need when you register.
A list of the courses you must complete for the major can be found in the Degree Requirements section of this website.
Advanced hours (also called upper-level electives) are achieved by taking any course that is at the "3000-4000" level. The university specifies that you must have at least 36 hours of advanced coursework. When you complete the requirements for the psychology major, you will have taken 19 hours of advanced courses (20 hours if you complete the B.S.). All of these psychology hours count toward the university requirement. In addition to the advanced hours you complete in the psychology major, you must take at least 6 hours outside of the major.
To get the final 16-17 hours of advanced coursework, you have lots of choices: you can take any combination of courses inside or outside of psychology to get these final advanced hours. However, most students find that the final 16-17 hours of advanced coursework is taken mostly outside of psychology because of limited availability or prerequisites that are needed for advanced psychology courses.
Below is a partial list of advanced courses from other departments relevant to psychology. As the content of and instructors for these courses change from time to time, the Department of Psychology makes no recommendation regarding these courses. Here are some non-psychology courses are most relevant for given career goals.
It depends on how many hours you have completed and what major you have officially declared.
All pre-majors with 59 or fewer completed hours are advised by University Advisement (Sid Richardson, First Floor West Wing 254-710-7280).
Pre-majors with 60-89 completed hours and Psychology/Neuroscience majors who have not yet completed 60 hours are advised by CASA - College of Arts and Sciences Advisement.(Sid Richardson East Wing, Rm. 53 254-710-1524).
If you are a freshman or sophomore, the number of courses that you still need to complete is overwhelming. As a consequence, you will probably wonder, "What do I take next?" Except for the specific recommendations given below, our general response is that you should concentrate on completing your basic requirements. The specific courses you use to fulfill these requirements and the sequence in which you take them are up to you. The Office of Academic Advisement has a "Two-Year Planner" for both the B.A. and B.S. degrees, which is very beneficial for freshman and sophomore students.
Once a Psychology or Neuroscience major reaches 60 hours, they are advised within the department of Psychology & Neuroscience.
The designated advisor for all neuroscience majors is Dr. Rachel Clark.
Psychology majors are advised by Dr. Tamara Lawrence.
Pre-Professional Students: Students in a number of pre-professional programs (e.g., pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet, optometry) who are majoring in psychology are advised by the pre-med advisors during their freshman and sophomore years and by a psychology advisor in their junior and senior years.
You will probably want to read the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for a description of all of the courses that you are considering. Other students are also a good source of information about courses, although you must often evaluate this information within the proper context (e.g., how interested was the student in the course content). In preparing to register, you should have a list of 6-10 courses that you would like to take in the next semester. Then consult the Schedule of Classes for the availability of these courses and the class meeting times. Arrange your desired schedule and a back-up schedule.
Yes. Here are some specific suggestions:
Before adding or dropping a class, see if the courses and sections you need are available. Once you drop a class, it will show as an available seat and someone will likely be admitted to that class in your place. You may find yourself having dropped a seat in one class and unable to get into another class or even back into the one you just dropped.
Formally, the degree audit is how the university determines your eligibility for graduation. Therefore, you should run a degree audit every semester to make sure you are meeting all your necessary requirements for graduation.
You may request admittance into a closed class by registering for the course in BearWeb which will automatically put you on the electronic waitlist. Once you are on the list, the system will notify you by Baylor email if a spot is open for the course. The student has exactly 24 hours from the time the email is sent in which to register for the course. If the student does not register for the course in the exact 24 hour time frame, their name will be dropped from the electronic waitlist and the next person on the list will be notified through their Baylor email. It is important for the student to consistently check their Baylor email daily to see if they have been notified of an opening in a course that they are waitlisted. If they have been notified and missed the 24 hour window, the student must get back on the waitlist by registering for the course again.
Although the catalog says you may get consent of the instructor for prerequisite waivers those decisions are made only by the department chair. Graduating seniors are given priority should a seat become available. Students are notified via e-mail regarding waivers and information on how to register is included.