BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Psychology

The following degree plan is based on the 2021-22 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
PSY 150 Introduction to the Psychology Major 1
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Life Sciences - General Education 3-4
The Arts - General Education 3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Total hours15-16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Physical Sciences - General Education 3-5
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
PSY 302 Experimental Psychology 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours15-17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
Applied - PSY foundation course work 3
Development - PSY foundation course work 3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Learning and Cognition - PSY foundation course work 3
PSY elective 3
Course for minor 3
Foreign Language - BA requirement 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Biological Processes - PSY foundation course work 3
PSY elective 3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
Foreign Language - BA requirement 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
PSY elective 3
Foreign Language - BA requirement 3
HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E. 3
Fine Arts - BA requirement 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PSY 411 Psychology of Diversity 3
General elective or course for minor 3
Foreign Language - BA requirement 3
Fine Arts - BA requirement 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Tips for success

  • A minor or second major is required for the psychology major. Minors typically require 18-24 credit hours. You will learn more about selecting a minor in PSY 150. Meet with an advisor in the department of your minor to schedule courses for the minor.
  • PSY 150 may be taken either semester of your first year.
  • No application is needed for admission to the psychology degree program. The psychology department will admit pre-majors to the degree program upon successful completion of PSY 150
  • PSY 101, 380, 385 and 390 do not count toward the major or minor in psychology.
  • Total of 120 completed hours necessary for graduation.
  • For students planning to go on for graduate study, PSY 490 may be a good addition during your junior year.
  • There is also a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Science degree option for this major. See your advisor for more information.
  • Involvement in Psychology Club/Psi Chi will help you learn more about the major, field and our department.
Degree plan last reviewed 06-10-2021.