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

Upon completion of the degree, graduates of the BS 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)
  • Evaluate and identify appropriate research methods in psychology and at least one other STEM discipline, 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)

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311PSYCH 22453
PSYCH 10001PSYCH 2268 or 22703
PSYCH 10033BIOL 10123
ENGL 11003MATH 10352
MATH 10303CORE - Communication Proficiency3
EXPLORE - Humanities & Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
 14 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 22014PSYCH 22193
CORE - US History and Government3PSYCH 22503
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3PSYCH XXXX Mathematics and Natural Science Major Requirement3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
Cultural Diversity Requirement3Elective or minor3
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 22113PSYCH 3XXX Psychology Sub Area Requirement3
PHIL 2256 or 33803PSYCH 3XXX Psychology Sub Area Requirement3
PSYCH 3XXX Psychology Sub Area Requirement3PSYCH 3XXX Social Science Major Requirement3
ENGL 31003EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYCH 3000+ course3PSYCH 49992
Additional Neuroscience, Clinical, or Applied Psychology course3Elective or minor 3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 14
Total Hours: 121

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.