Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology has an emphasis in human behavior and counseling. It is broadly conceived and designed to prepare students for a variety of careers. Among the notable features of the program are a course in research methods with an emphasis in behavior analysis and adjustment in a laboratory setting, a field experience option that allows students to earn credits for placement in a public or private enterprise for professional competence development, and a capstone course that integrates methodology, research, and writing in the discipline. The combination of coursework and field experience will permit students to achieve professional certification necessary to work with special needs children.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter careers in applied mental health or organizational settings. Some examples of career options include education, children and youth behavioral services, adult behavioral services, counseling, corrections, health-care related occupations, and other fields. Psychology majors may also pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Restricted Electives selected from: ARHS, BIOL, CHEM, CS, CJ, ECON, HIST, MATH, MUSC, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SOCA, FRNX, foreign language
Minimum 2.0 in each of the following: PSYC 101, 202, 242, 301, 302, 350, and STAT 211 or ECON 225
Minimum 2.0 cumulative average in PSYC courses
GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, and 8)15
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
BIOL 111General Biology (GEF 2)4
BIOL 112General Biology4
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSYC 201Psychology as a Profession1
PSYC 202Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
PSYC 281Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 301Biological Foundations of Behavior3
PSYC 302Behavior Principles4
PSYC 350Topics in Social Psychology3
PSYC 362Psychological Assessment3
PSYC 363Personality Theory3
PSYC 382Exceptional Children3
PSYC 401Psychology Capstone Experience1
PSYC 424Learning and Behavior Theory3
PSYC 474Applied Behavior Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
Professional Field Experience
Special Topics
Independent Study
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Foreign Language (GEF 7)12
Restricted Electives (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be 300 or 400 level)24
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3ECON 225 or STAT 2113
 PSYC 2011
 PSYC 2413
 Foreign Language3
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3GEF 63
WVUE 1911 
Foreign Language (GEF 7)3 
GEF 53 
 16 16
Second Year
BIOL 111 (GEF 2)4BIOL 1124
PSYC 2023ENGL 3053
PSYC 2813PSYC 3013
PSYC 3633PSYC 3503
Foreign Language3Foreign Language3
 16 16
Third Year
CSAD 2703PSYC 3823
PSYC 3024PSYC 4743
PSYC 3623Restricted Elective3
GEF 83GEF 83
GEF 83 
 16 12
Fourth Year
PSYC 4243PSYC 4011
Select one of the following:3Restricted Electives12
Restricted Electives9 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals


Students completing the program will:

  • Use the scientific approach to solve psychologically-relevant  problems and to increase the knowledge base of psychology
  • Demonstrate the diverse set of variables that influence behavior
  • Demonstrate critical and ethical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate grounding in the field of behavioral analysis
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the specialized psychological needs in Appalachia
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Department of Psychology Minor


minor code - ut17

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in the minor.
Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 202Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 301Biological Foundations of Behavior3-4
or PSYC 302 Behavior Principles
Select one of the following courses:3
Introduction to Human Development
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Select two of the following courses:6
History and Systems of Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Topics in Social Psychology
Personality Theory
Exceptional Children
Learning and Behavior Theory
Applied Behavior Analysis
Professional Field Experience
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours18-19