2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, BS

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About the Program

Apply Now Psychology is one of the more popular undergraduate majors in the country. Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments. The knowledge of psychology helps people understand themselves and others which can be beneficial in many careers where the ability to relate well with others is important.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for all core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

CHESS College Core for Psychology, BS (36 Credits)

  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Science, Mathematics, and Reasoning (12 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .  The Science, Mathematics, and Reasoning requirement applies to the Psychology, BS, degree only.

Other Required Courses (24 Credits)

Psychology Electives (15 Credits):  Choose five (5) PSY courses, at least 9 credit hours must be 30000 level or above

Free Electives (9 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for all core courses; Minimum 2.0 GPA required for graduation

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: See the Gen Ed Core List  for a list of available courses.

Note 2: Meet with Internship Coordinator if taking internship in Semester 7 or 8.

Note 3: Choose from approved CHESS College Core  courses for the Bachelor of Science Degree

Note 4: 15 hours of PSY elective courses required; at least 9 hours must be 30000 level or above

Note 5: 30 credit hours of General Education are required. Speak with your advisor for further information

Note 6: Choose from the “Science, Mathematics, and Reasoning” choices.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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