Psychology BA

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college General Education curricular requirements. Selected courses in Psychology may be used to meet General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements.

Degree Requirements

PSYCH 1000Choosing A Career In Psychology 11
PSYCH 1003General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSYCH 2201Psychological Statistics4
PSYCH 2211Introduction to Biological Psychology3
PSYCH 2219Research Methods3
PSYCH 2245Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCH 4999Integrated Psychology2
PSYCH 2268Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
or PSYCH 2270 Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
Select four Psychology courses numbered 3000 to 4998 212
Total Hours34

Additional Notes

Psychology majors must not take courses in excess of 50 hours in Psychology. Credits completed in Psychology in excess of 50 will not count toward graduation. For example, students earning 53 hours in Psychology will consequently be required to earn a minimum of 123 hours to graduate.

The three course sequence of Math, Psychological Statistics (PSYCH 2201), and Research Methods (PSYCH 2219) require a minimum of three semesters to complete. Students must satisfy the current University mathematical skills requirement before taking PSYCH 2201, Psychological Statistics. PSYCH 2201 is a prerequisite for PSYCH 2219, and hence, PSYCH 2201 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher PRIOR to enrollment in PSYCH 2219.

PSYCH 2201and PSYCH 2219 cannot be taken concurrently. Students are advised to plan accordingly and to seek assistance from Psychology Academic Advising whenever needed.

Candidates for the B.A. must complete at least 34, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the major overall, and must earn a C- or above in each of the courses comprising the 34 credits applied to the B.A. degree in Psychology. Failure to earn a C- or above in the required courses will necessitate re-taking them for a satisfactory completion of the C- requirement. No Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be applied to the major.

In addition, candidates for the B.A. are required to satisfactorily complete 13 credit hours in one foreign language.

Graduate School Preparation

In addition to the required courses listed above, students interested in applying to graduate school in Psychology are strongly encouraged to become involved in a research project with a Psychology faculty member by securing enrollment in PSYCH 3390, Directed Studies. These positions are available on a limited and competitive basis. No enrollments in PSYCH 3390 are possible without special Instructor permission. Those invited to participate must obtain a special consent form from the instructor in order to enroll. Contact the Psychology Academic Advising office for more information on such positions (psy_advising@umsl.edu).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, graduates of the BA in Psychology program at UM-St. Louis will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an integrative understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research, and historical trends in psychology and the prediction of behavior across the scientific subdisciplines (e.g., behavioral neuroscience, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, social, etc.). (Psychological Science Knowledge Base)
  • Summarize and explain use of the scientific approach to solve behavioral problems and articulate how behavioral explanations rely on critical thinking, scientific reasoning, weighing evidence and tolerating ambiguity. (Critical Thinking)
  • Identify and evaluate appropriate research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis (i.e., selecting, conducting, and interpreting basic statistical tests) and data interpretation. (Scientific Inquiry)
  • Communicate using a variety of formats in a clear, concise way. (Communication)
  • Demonstrate respect for members of diverse groups with sensitivity to issues of power, privilege and discrimination, while adopting social and ethical values that build community at local, national and global levels.  (Ethical and Social Responsibility)
  • Display professionalism and ownership of professional growth and learning through an evolving career development plan tailored to one’s accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievements, motivations and work habits. (Professional Development)
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311BIOL 10123
ENGL 11003PSYCH 22703
MATH 10303PSYCH 22453
PSYCH 10001EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
PSYCH 10033Foreign Language 10015
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3 
 14 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 22014PSYCH 22193
Foreign Language 10025Foreign Language 21013
CORE - US History and Government3CORE - Communication Proficiency3
Cultural Diversity Requirement3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
 EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 31003PSYCH 3000+ level course6
PSYCH 22113Elective or minor6
PSYCH 3000+ level course3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3 
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 3000+ level course3PSYCH 49992
Elective or minor 12Elective or minor12
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student pursuing the B.A. degree. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.