Psychology Major

Note: The following information reflects requirements from Fall, 2004 to the current academic year catalog. Students who enrolled prior to Fall, 2004 should consult the appropriate requirements for their chosen catalog year.

 

Requirements for the Psychology Major:

The department offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees. The B.A. requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree cognate sequence requirement is Statistics 215, Psychology 300 and 400.

For those who choose to take PSY 399 and/or PSY 499, no more than six credit hours in these courses may be counted towards the major. Psychology majors must take at least one third of the psychology credits constituting their major from the Psychology Department.

SS 300 does not count toward the major in psychology.

Requirements include a minimum of 12 courses in psychology totaling 36 hours of credit, including PSY 101, 300, 400, and 492. In addition, one course must be taken from each of the six following categories:

1. Biological: 375, 430, 431, 432.
2. Developmental: 301, 305, 331, 364. 3. Personality/Clinical: 303, 324, 420, 452. 4. Social Context: 355, 360, 381, 445. 5. Cognitive: 357, 361, 365. 6. General: 311, 362, 405, 410.

Students also choose any two psychology courses, totaling six credit hours, as electives.

Psychology Major Worksheets

The following worksheets list the requirements for the psychology major in an easy to understand format.

These worksheets are not meant to replace direct advising contact with a faculty member or the Psychology Advising Office, but simply to provide basic information. Please consult with a psychology department tenured faculty member regularly to fully understand the major requirements.

Worksheets are specific to particular catalog years.  Your catalog year is the academic year in which you started at GVSU.  For example, if you started at GVSU in Fall, 2004; Winter, 2005; or Spring/Summer, 2005, your catalog year would be 2004 (the 2004-2005 academic year). Note that the Spring/Summer semester belongs with the previous catalog year.