Undergraduate

Degree Requirements

Major and Minor Requirements

The Department of Psychology approaches its subject matter as a scientific discipline with emphasis placed on understanding behavior and cognition through experimentation and observation.  A list of all courses and current requirements can be found in the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin.

Starting in August of 2016, psychology majors at UNCG can choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Current psychology students will automatically be assigned to the BA in Psychology unless they change their major to the BS track.

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Psychology Major: BA in Psychology

We offer broad training in psychology that can prepare students for the working world and graduate training in most major branches of psychology.  The BA in Psychology provides specialized training in the major areas of psychology, including clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and quantitative and research skills.  Majors must sample from at least four domains at the intermediate (200) level, but can choose a narrower or broader sampling of upper level courses. The curriculum also affords hands-on experience with scientific psychology via research experience courses and field experiences.

** Everything you need to know if you are majoring, or considering majoring, in Psychology **

Requirements:

Minimum 36 semester hours in psychology to include the following courses. Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all psychology courses required for the major.
• PSY 121*, 122
• at least four (4) of the seven intermediate level core courses (230*, 240, 250*, 260*, 265, 275, 280)
• PSY 310, and 311
• a minimum of four (4) additional PSY courses at the 300 level or above, including at least two courses at the 400 level or above.
• PSY 314 and 433 may not be used to satisfy these requirements for the BA in Psychology.
*PSY 121, 250, and 260 each satisfy 3 s.h. of GSB. PSY 230 satisfies 3 s.h. of GNS. Students may not complete GSB requirements solely with courses in Psychology

Portfolio Requirements (for BA in Psychology)

Psychology Major: BS in Psychology

The BS in Psychology fulfills the same role as the BA in Psychology, but provides further credentials in psychology, math, science, statistics, and research methods.

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Requirements:

Minimum 45 semester hours in psychology to include the following courses. Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all psychology courses required for the major. The two requirements that differ from the BA in Psychology are the Depth and Breadth requirements below.

• PSY 121*, 122
• at least four (4) of the seven intermediate level core courses (230*, 240, 250*, 260*, 265, 275, 280)
• PSY 310, and 311
• a minimum of four (4) additional PSY courses at the 300 level or above, including at least two courses at the 400 level or above; PSY 314 and 433 MAY NOT be used to satisfy this requirement
• Depth Requirement: three (3) more PSY courses at the 400 level or above, one of which must be PSY 410; a maximum of 3 s.h. of this requirement may be fulfilled with PSY 433
• Breadth Requirement:  two (2) courses (200 level or above with at least a C-) in math, natural science, or social science beyond those used to fulfill GEC/CAR, taken from any of the following prefixes:  AST, ATY, BIO, CHE, CSC, ECO, GEO, KIN, MAT, NTR, PHY, PSC, SOC, or STA
*PSY 121, 250, and 260 each satisfy 3 s.h. of GSB. PSY 230 satisfies 3 s.h. of GNS. Students may not complete GSB requirements solely with courses in Psychology

Portfolio Requirements (for BS in Psychology)

Psychology Minor

If your major field of study is anthropology, biology, business and marketing, human development, sociology, exercise and sports science, education, nursing, social work, communication, counseling, pre-law or pre-med, consider complementing your major with a Minor in psychology.

Requirements:

18 semester hours in psychology.

These must include:
• PSY 121
• a minimum of 2 psychology courses at the 200 level
• one psychology course at the 400 level
• any two additional psychology electives
Note: A grade of C- or better in all Psychology courses is required for the minor.

Some Examples:

For Sociology: We recommend a focus on social psychology with some cognitive psychology, including courses such as PSY 260 and PSY 280, and PSY 460, 461, 462 and/or 463. All focus on topics that relate individual psychology to social context.

For Biology: We recommend a focus on biopsychology, including courses such as PSY 230 and PSY 240, and PSY 435, 438, 442 and/or 457. Topic may relate to neuroscience, animal management, animal learning and animal behavior in both laboratory and field settings.

For Business and Marketing: We recommend a focus on social psychology and cognitive psychology, including courses such as PSY 260 and PSY 280, and PSY 460, 480, 462 and/or 483. Topics can provide a foundation in industrial organizational psychology and in the psychology of persuasion and decision making.

For Human Development: We recommend a focus on developmental psychology, including courses such as PSY 250 and PSY 280, and PSY 455 and 456, 463 and/or 481. Topics can provide a foundation in cognitive development, attachment, and interpersonal relationships.

For Counseling: We recommend a focus on clinical psychology, including courses such as PSY 275 and PSY 280 or 250, and PSY 470, 471, and/or 472. Topics can provide a foundation in abnormal processes in adults and children and in interpersonal relationships.

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Kari Eddington, kmedding@uncg.edu

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