Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology

Program Specific Requirements

The courses within the Psychology Program are divided into four blocks:

Required Courses
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC 3332History Of Psychology3
PSYC 3401Research Methods4
PSYC 3402Psychological Statistics4
Experimental Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Physiological Psychology
Sensation/Perception
Cognition
Comparative Psychology
Psychopharmacology
Learning
Industrial/Organizational Psy
Personality-Social-Developmental Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Close Relationships
Development Psychology
Psychopathology & Fam Dynamics
Social Psychology
Personality
Applied Social Psychology
Divorce: Psychological Impact
Clinical-Adjustment Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Professional Psychology
Intro to School Psychology
Psychology Of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Human Sexuality
Humanistic Psychology
Psychology And The Law
Health Psychology
Psychological Testing
Positive Psychology
Select six hours of Psychology6
Total Hours38
1

Please note that majors must take PSYC 3401 and PSYC 3402 in the Psychology Program once the student has enrolled at Sam Houston State University, unless the course has been transferred into the program. Also, please note that, as of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Psychology Program courses (those with the prefix PSYC) will count toward the major in Psychology.

In order to complete a major in Psychology, a student takes 14 hours from the Required Courses plus 6 hours from each of the three remaining blocks. Six hours of elective Psychology completes the 38 semester hours required for the major.

Psychology majors choose an approved minor of 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced-hour requirement.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Natural Sciences 8
PHIL 3372
PHIL 2303
COMS 2382
Philosophy Of Science
and Critical Thinking
and Comm. for Bus. & Professions
9
Major Core
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology 13
PSYC 3332History Of Psychology3
PSYC 3401Research Methods4
PSYC 3402Psychological Statistics4
Experimental Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Physiological Psychology
Sensation/Perception
Cognition
Comparative Psychology
Psychopharmacology
Learning
Industrial/Organizational Psy
Personality-Social Development Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Close Relationships
Development Psychology
Psychopathology & Fam Dynamics
Social Psychology
Personality
Applied Social Psychology
Divorce: Psychological Impact
Clinical Adjustment Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Professional Psychology
Intro to School Psychology
Psychology Of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Human Sexuality
Humanistic Psychology
Psychology And The Law
Psychological Testing
Positive Psychology
PSYC Electives6
Minor (required)18
Electives8
Total Hours120
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 Satisfies both the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and the major.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II 3Component Area III 4
Component Area III 4ENGL 130213
Component Area IX 1HIST 130133
ENGL 130113POLS 230543
PSYC 130123PSYC Block Elective53
 14 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIST 130233Component Area IV 3
Natural Science Elective4Component Area IX 3
POLS 230643Natural Science Elective4
PSYC 34024PHIL 23033
 PSYC 34014
 14 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V 3Elective3
Elective3Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Elective2COMS 23823
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3PSYC Electives6
PHIL 33723PSYC 33323
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53 
 14 15
Total Hours: 120
1

 Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

2

 Satisfies both the Core Curriculum requirement for  Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and the major.

3

 Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

4

 Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

5

Experimental Block select 6 hours of the following: PSYC 3333, PSYC 3336, PSYC 3337, PSYC 3382, PSYC 3391, PSYC 4332, PSYC 4392 
Personality-Social Development Block select 6 hours of the following: PSYC 3365, PSYC 3374, PSYC 3375, PSYC 3381, PSYC 4331, PSYC 4334, PSYC 4391
Clinical-Adjustment Block slect 6 hours of the following: PSYC 2305, PSYC 2307, PSYC 2315, PSYC 3331, PSYC 3334, PSYC 3371, PSYC 3383, PSYC 3385, PSYC 4388, PSYC 4393