Psychology- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Psychology, 100 Psychology Building, 513-529-2400,

You must have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for all psychology courses attempted and for which a letter grade has been earned. All courses used to satisfy basic departmental requirements must be taken for a letter grade. If you wish to transfer courses from another institution to meet requirements for the major, we strongly recommend you have those approved IN ADVANCE by the Chief Departmental Advisor.  

Departmental Honors

Students with both a cumulative and major GPA of 3.25 are eligible to apply to complete an honors thesis, which requires the support of a faculty advisor for the project. Departmental honors candidates complete PSY 480 (minimum 4; maximum 6), in which they write and present a thesis. PSY 400 is strongly recommended.

Recommended Courses of Study

This department offers a single major; all majors are encouraged to take a variety of courses in psychology. For flexible career planning, the department suggests courses of study consistent with your career goals. Choose those courses with your academic advisor.

Program Requirements

(36 semester hours)

PSY 111Introduction to Psychology (pre- or co-requisite PSY 112) ) 13
Take one of the following:1
Foundational Experiences in Psychology (Pre- or Co-requisite: PSY 111)
Foundational Experiences for Majors (Prerequisite or Co-requisite with PSY 294)
Take the following three courses in this order. PSY294 is a prerequisite for most 300 level and above courses:
STA 261Statistics 24
PSY 293Research Design and Analyses in Psychology I4
PSY 294Research Design and Analyses in Psychology II4
Select at least one course from each Biopsychology, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual and Social group 315-16
Additional requirements:
Select a minimum of three 300-level or higher courses, at least one of which must be at the 400-level or higher. 49
PSY 410Capstone Seminar in Psychology: The Multiple Determinants of Behavior3
Approved area of focus 5
Additional courses to make up minimum of 36 semester hours in psychology
Total Credit Hours43-44


PSY 251Introduction to Biopsychology3
PSY 351Advanced Biopsychology4
PSY 352Structured Research Experience in Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSY 356Psychopharmacology3
PSY 451Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSY 456Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior3


PSY 271Survey of Perception, Action, and Cognition3
PSY 372Learning and Cognition3
PSY 374Psychology of Language and Thought3
PSY 375Laboratory in Perception, Action, and Cognition4
PSY 376Psychology of Judgment, Decision Making, and Reasoning3
PSY 451Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSY 4534
PSY 470Seminar in Cognition3
PSY 474Advanced Cognitive Processes3


PSY 231Developmental Psychology3
PSY 331Infant Development3
PSY 332Child Development3
PSY 333Adolescent Development3
PSY 334Adulthood and Aging3
PSY 430Seminar in Developmental Psychology3


PSY 241Personality3
PSY 242Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 343Psychopathology3
PSY 345Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities3
PSY 350Advanced Topics in Personality Theory and Research3


PSY 221Social Psychology3
PSY 324Advanced Social Psychology3
PSY 325Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience3
PSY 326Psychology of Gender3
PSY 327Intro to Social Cognition3
PSY 420Seminar in Social Psychology3

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course/s: PSY 293, PSY 294 and PSY 410.