Undergraduate Program

TAMUCC Department of Psychology and Sociology

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About the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

The undergraduate degree program in Psychology is designed to provide a basic education in psychology that will serve as a foundation for graduate work in a professional field, such as clinical psychology, counseling, marriage and family counseling, research, industrial psychology, or college teaching.

Courses in the program also provide knowledge from the field of  psychology which can be applied to related careers such as human services, business, communications and research through a broadly-based psychology curriculum..

Major in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology requires a minimum of 37 semester hours in psychology, including General Psychology. At least 25 of these hours must be at the upper-division level. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in Psychology to take at least 6 hours of a second language.

A primary objective of the psychology program is to provide the psychology major with a broadly-based education in the discipline. Therefore, all psychology majors are expected to complete the required curriculum listed below. Remaining course work will be selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and is designed to meet individual students' needs and interests. The combination of psychology with a minor from another area, such as sociology or communications, often provides more marketable credentials at the bachelor's level of training.

A course in General Psychology (PSYC 2301) or permission of the instructor is required for admission into all psychology courses beyond the 1000-level. The student majoring in psychology shall take the following:


Required Courses: 10 hrs

PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hrs
PSYC 3411 Experimental Psychology 4 hrs
PSYC 4309 History & Systems of Psychology 3 hrs

Choose 2 of 4 from: 6 hrs

PSYC 3342 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3343 Learning & Memory
PSYC 4352 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 4354 Sensation & Perception

Choose 2 of 4 from : 6hrs

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2326 Social Psychology
PSYC 3361 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3363 Abnormal Psychology

Psychology Electives - 5 courses, 15 hrs

MATH 1442 or its equivalent is a prerequisite course for taking Experimental Psychology (PSYC 3411).  The student should take Statistical Methods (MATH 1442 or its equivalent) in the sophomore year, followed by Experimental Psychology early in the junior year.

In order to register for PSYC 4309, students must first complete 24 hours of psychology coursework.

Minor in Psychology

The student minoring in psychology shall take 18 hours  of course work to include the following courses:

PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hrs:

Choose 2 of 4 from: 6 hrs

PSYC 3342 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3343 Learning & Memory
PSYC 4352 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 4354 Sensation & Perception

Psychology Electives - 3 courses, 9 hrs

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