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General Education Foundations

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.S. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Psychology

Students may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Psychology.  Students wishing to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology must comply with the following:

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course: PSYC 490APSYC 491A, PSYC 495A, PSYC 498A.
  • Writing and Communication Skills requirement: The Psychology Bachelor of Science is a SpeakWrite Certified ProgramTM. SpeakWrite Certified programs incorporate and develop students’ written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills across the curriculum.
  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major:  Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Students must also earn an overall cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses with a PSYC designation, and a minimum grade of C- or better in PSYC 101 and PSYC 203.  If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat. 
  • Note:  Students must successfully complete MATH 153 and 154, or MATH 155 to fulfill B.S. requirements. Math 126 or higher must be completed before enrolling in PSYC 203.
  • Residence Requirement: To graduate from WVU with a major in Psychology, a student must have successfully completed (with a passing grade) a minimum of 10 credit hours of 300- and 400-level psychology coursework at WVU, not including PSYC 490, PSYC 491, PSYC 495, and  PSYC 498.  Online courses taught by WVU may be counted toward the 10 credit hours of coursework at WVU.

  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Psychology admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

First-Year Seminar
GEF Requirements: number of credits will vary depending on overlap
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Mathematics Requirement:
Select one of the following:
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Science Requirement:
Please see the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences' Bachelor of Science (B.S.) tab.
Foundation Courses16
Introduction to Psychology (minimum grade of C-)
Research Methods & Analysis 1 (minimum grade of C-)
Research Methods & Analysis 2
Biological Foundations of Behavior
Behavior Principles
Select one course from Cluster A or B:3
Cluster A: Learning and Cognition
Cognition and Memory
Learning and Behavior Theory
Applied Behavior Analysis
Cluster B: Biological Bases of Behavior
Drugs and Behavior
Physiological Psychology
Psychobiology of Sleep
Cluster C: Clinical and Individual Differences (Select one):3
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Personality Theory
Psychology of Adjustment
Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Emotions and Mood
Exceptional Children
Cluster D: Developmental Psychology (Select one):3
Introduction to Human Development
Prenatal and Infant Development
Child and Adolescent Development
Adulthood and Aging
Cluster E: Social Processes (Select one):3
Leadership and Human Relations
Sex Roles and Behavior
Introduction to Social Psychology
Multiculturalism in Psychology
Topics in Social Psychology
Community Psychology
Upper-Division Psychology Elective:3
Alternate 300 or 400 level PSYC course *
Capstone Course (Select one of the following:)3
Teaching Practicum
Professional Field Experience
Independent Study
Number of general electives may vary based on overlap
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
PSYC 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PSYC 2033
GEF 2 (B.S. First Area 1)4PSYC Cluster D3
GEF 53GEF 8 (B.S. First Area 2)4
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3General Elective2
 15 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 8 (B.S. Second Area 2)4
GEF 8 (B.S. Second Area 1)4GEF 63
PSYC Cluster C3PSYC Cluster E3
PSYC 2043General Elective3
General Elective2General Elective 2
 15 15
Third Year
B.S. Third Area 14B.S. Third Area 24
PSYC 3013ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3
PSYC Upper-Division Elective3PSYC 3024
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective2General Elective1
 15 15
Fourth Year
PSYC Cluster A/B3General Elective3
Capstone3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120