Psychology BS

General Education Course 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

Core
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130) 13
MATH 1035Trigonometry 12
PSYCH 1000Choosing A Career In Psychology 31
PSYCH 1003General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSYCH 2201Psychological Statistics4
PSYCH 2211Introduction to Biological Psychology3
PSYCH 2219Research Methods3
PSYCH 2245Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCH 2250Social Psychology3
PSYCH 2268Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
or PSYCH 2270 Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
PSYCH 4999Integrated Psychology2
Additional Requirements
PHIL 2256Bioethics3
or PHIL 3380 Philosophy of Science
Select four Psychology courses numbered 3000 to 4998 212
In addition, select at least one of the following Psychology courses:3
Neuroscience
Introduction to Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Mental Illness
Behavioral Neuroscience
Hormones, The Brain and Behavior
Introduction to Human Neuroanatomy
Human Learning and Memory
Emotions and the Brain
Introduction to Social Neuroscience
Clinical
Clinical Problems of Childhood
Health Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Applied
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Psychological Testing and Assessment
Math and Natural Science4-5
Choose one of the following:
Human Physiology and Anatomy II
Introductory Biology: From Molecules to Organisms (MOTR BIOL 150L)
Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)
Introductory Chemistry II
Basic Calculus
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Basic Physics I (MOTR PHYS 150L)
Social Science3
Select one course from Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology
Total Hours55-56

Candidates for the B.S. in Psychology must complete at least 40, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Department of Psychological Sciences. In addition to the above courses, students must complete the following:

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 40 credits applied to the B.S. degree in Psychology. Failure to earn a C- or above in the these required courses will necessitate re-taking them for a satisfactory completion of the C- requirement in all 40 hours. No Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be applied to the major.

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

Graduates of the BS in Psychology at UM-St. Louis will be able to:

Psychological Sciences Knowledge Base:

  • Evaluate advantages/limitations of and apply psychological concepts and theories across at least 3 subdisciplines (i.e., behavioral neuroscience, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, social) to explain and predict behavior
  • Choose behavioral explanations that rely on scientific reasoning and evidence rather than anecdotes, pseudoscience or common myths/misconceptions

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking:

  • Demonstrate respect and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Appropriately select, conduct and interpret basic applied parametric and nonparametric statistical techniques (i.e., correlations, t-tests, chi-square).
  • Evaluate and select appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to address specific research questions.
  • Relate psychological research methodologies and findings to inquiry in other scientific disciplines

 Communication:

  • Write clearly and concisely about psychological concepts and empirical findings, using APA format when appropriate for the target audience.
  • Communicate quantitative data in statistics, graphs and tables.

Ethical and Social Responsibility:

  • Act responsibly and ethically while reflecting other values (welcoming diversity, tolerating ambiguity) that are the underpinnings of psychological sciences as a discipline.

Professional Development:

  • Create a career development plan that matches an accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation and work habits with specific job opportunities

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311PSYCH 22453
ENGL 11003BIOL 10123
MATH 10303PSYCH 22703
PSYCH 10033CORE - Communication Proficiency3
PSYCH 10001EXPLORE - Math & Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities & Fine Arts3MATH 10352
 14 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 22014PSYCH 22193
Cultural Diversity Requirement3Social Science Major Requirement3
CORE - US History and Government3Mathematics and Natural Science Major Requirement5
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 16 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 31003PSYCH 22113
PSYCH 3000+ course3PSYCH 3000+ course6
PSYCH 22683EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
PHIL 2256 or 33803 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 3000+ course3PSYCH 49992
Additional Neuroscience, Clinical, or Applied Psychology course3Elective or minor 12
Elective or minor9 
 15 14
Total Hours: 123

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. 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.