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Psychology, B.A.

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The BA in Psychology is designed for students who desire a full bachelor’s degree in psychology. The degree will prepare students for careers and further education in Utah, the Mountain West, and nationwide by (a) creating a curriculum built around the five pillars of psychology described by the American Psychological Association (APA); (b) emphasizing skills desired by employers (e.g., written communication, critical thinking, working in teams); and (c) providing engaged learning experiences (e.g., service-learning, internship, capstone) about current psychological topics.

Total Program Credits: 120 

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5)    
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning  (3)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra  (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra  (4)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life  (2)  
 Distribution Course Requirements  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 202G/2020 course) 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  PSY 1010 General Psychology (Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 33 Credits
Psychology Core  
  PSY 2020 Psychology as a Science and Profession WE  3
  PSY 3030 Research Methods for Psychology 4
  PSY 3110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
Psychology Foundations  
  Complete 9 credits: 9
  PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span (3)  
  PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology (3)  
  PSY 2710 Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3)  
  PSY 3420 Cognitive Psychology WE (3)  
  PSY 350G Social Psychology (3)  
Individual Differences Requirement  
  Complete 3 credits: 3
  PSY 2800 Human Sexuality  (3)  
  PSY 3100 Psychology of Gender (3)  
  PSY 3300 Motivation and Emotion (3)  
  PSY 3460 Personality Theory  (3)  
  PSY 4150 Tests and Measurements  (3)  
  PSY 4690 Human Intelligence (3)  
  PSY 480G Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)  
Advanced Psychology Requirement  
  Complete 10 credits: 10
  PSY 3105 Health Psychology  (3)  
  PSY 3200 Infancy and Childhood Development  (3)  
  PSY 3210 Adolescent Development  (3)  
  PSY 3220 Adult Development  (3)  
  PSY 3425 Cognitive Psychology Lab (1)  
  PSY 3430 Psychopharmacology WE (3)  
  PSY 3450 Behavioral Neuroscience  (4)  
  PSY 3480 Principles of Learning  (4)  
  PSY 3490 Sensation and Perception WE (4)  
  PSY 3710 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3)  
  PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)  
  PSY 4500 History and Systems of Psychology (3)  
  PSY 4850 Introduction to Pedagogy (3)  
Elective Requirements: 51 Credits
  Complete 12 credits of one Foreign Language, including ASL (Foreign Language 202G/2020 course fulfills Humanities Distribution) 12
  Complete 39 credits of 1000-level or higher coursework from any subject 39

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum overall UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Minimum 2.5 program GPA upon graduation.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. All major course work taken to meet Psychology requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  6. For the BA degree, completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Note: Students would need to pass ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 and ENGL 2010 with a C+ or higher as prerequisites for the Psychology Bachelor degree courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
Elective   4
HLTH 1100 or EXSC 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Elective   3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Mathematics GE  3
Science Distribution GE 3
Fine Arts GE 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span 3
PSY 3110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
PSY 3420 Cognitive Psychology 3
Physical Science GE 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 350G Social Psychology 3
PSY 3030 Research Methods of Psychology 4
Additional Biology or Science GE 3
American Institutions GE 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 2710 Introduction to Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology 3
Cognitive PSY Course   3
Language 1   4
  Semester total: 13
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Developmental PSY Course 3
Biological PSY Course 3
Lab Requirement 4
Language 2 4
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Mental/Physical Health PSY Course 3
PSY Elective 3
PSY Elective 3
Language 3 4
Elective  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Capstone Course 3
PSY Elective 3
Language 4 4
Social/Personality PSY Course 3
Elective 2
  Semester total: 15
  Degree Total: 120



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