Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology

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Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
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) 23
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 34
Degree Specific Requirements
Natural Science Electives8
COMS 2382Comm. for Bus. & Professions 3, 43
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking 23
PHIL 3372Philosophy of Science3
Major Core 5
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology 23
PSYC 3332History Of Psychology3
PSYC 3401Research Methods 64
PSYC 3402Psychological Statistics 64
PSYC Prescribed Electives: Advanced
Experimental Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Physiological Psychology
Personality-Social Development Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Close Relationships
Development Psychology
Psychopathology & Fam Dynamics
Social Psychology
Clinical Adjustment Block
Select six hours of the following:6
Psychology Of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Human Sexuality
Psychology And The Law
Health Psychology
PSYC Electives6
Minor (required)18
Total Hours120
First Year
Component Area II13Component Area III4
Component Area III4ENGL 130223
Component Area IX1HIST 130133
ENGL 130123POLS 230553
PSYC 130133PSYC 33323
 14 16
Second Year
HIST 130243Component Area IV3
Natural Science Elective4Natural Science Elective4
POLS 230653PHIL 230333
PSYC 34024PSYC 34014
 14 14
Third Year
Component Area V3Elective3
Elective 4Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)63PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)63
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)63PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)63
 16 15
Fourth Year
Elective4COMS 238273
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3PSYC Electives6
PHIL 33723PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53
PSYC Block Elective (Advanced)53 
 16 15
Total Hours: 120
Experimental Block Courses 5
Select two of the following:
PSYC 3333Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 3336Sensation/Perception3
PSYC 3337Cognition3
PSYC 3391Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 4332Learning3
Personality-Social Development Block Courses 5
Select two of the following:
PSYC 3365Close Relationships3
PSYC 3374Development Psychology3
PSYC 3375Psychopathology & Fam Dynamics3
PSYC 3381Social Psychology3
PSYC 4331Personality3
Clinical-Adjustment Block Courses 5
Select two of the following:
PSYC 2315Psychology Of Adjustment3
PSYC 3331Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3334Human Sexuality3
PSYC 3383Psychology And The Law3
PSYC 3385Health Psychology3


In order to complete a major in Psychology, a student takes 14 hours from the Required Courses plus 6 hours from each of the specialized blocks, and six hours of elective Psychology courses.

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

Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced-hour requirement. 
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. Only grades of C or above in Psychology Program courses (those with the prefix PSYC) will count toward the major in Psychology. 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Psychology is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Exhibit effective oral presentation skills.
  • Gain experience working with diverse groups of people who are collaborating to achieve a common goal.
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
  • Design, conduct, and interpret basic psychological research by developing creative research hypotheses and testing those hypotheses.