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Program Requirements for the BA/BS in Psychology

 

Current and past requirements for the Psychology major and minor can be found in the University Catalogs (http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/catalog/). Students have the option of fulfilling the requirements in the catalog for the year in which they enrolled in the program or the requirements for a more recent year.  

The BA and BS in Psychology at BSU

Students wanting to major in Psychology can choose to earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. There are no differences in the requirements for these two degrees. In general, the two degrees are equally respected by employers and graduate schools. We offer the two degrees only to make it easier for students to have a double major in Psychology and another field. If you are working toward a double major, it will be most efficient for you to select the degree program in Psychology (BA or BS) that matches your other major. Otherwise, you would need to accumulate more than the standard 120 credits for your Bachelor’s degree.

Recommended Plan of Study

 

Year

Fall Semester

Spring  Semester

Freshman

  • PSY 1100 Introductory Psychology,  4 credits
  • PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology, 4 credits

Sophomore

  • PSY 2227, Learning & Cognition, 4 credits
  • PSY 2237, Lifespan Development, 4 credits

Junior

  • PSY 3401, Basic Statistics, 4 credits
  • 3000 level psychology electives, 6 or more credits
  • PSY 3402, Research Methods, 4 credits
  • 3000 level psychology electives, 6 or more credits

Senior

  • 4000 level psychology electives, 4-5 credits
  • 4000 level psychology electives, 4-5 credits

 

Recommended Electives

The Psychology major is designed to allow students to tailor their course work to their career goals and interests through the selection of appropriate electives at the 3000 and 4000 level in their junior and senior years. These electives are generally selected after a student has satisfied the lower level core course requirements for the major.

            Graduate School /Professional Career Focus

Students wanting to pursue careers as professional psychologists should choose electives in the major that will prepare them for Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in the field. These are courses that will give them a strong foundation in the science of Psychology. This foundation is important weather you are planning to go into an applied field, like clinical or industrial Psychology, or focus your career in an area of psychological research. Recommended electives include Cognitive Psychology (PSY3437), Social Psychology (PSY 3367), Psychological Measurement (PSY 4347), Advanced Statistics and Research Design (PSY 4403), Research Laboratory (PSY 4447), Psychophysiology and Perception (PSY 4459), History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 4487), and other courses related to particular fields of interest in clinical, counseling, industrial and experimental psychology.

Human Services Career Focus

Students wanting to pursue careers in the human services with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology should choose electives in the major that will prepare them for work in the field. These courses include Counseling and Crisis Intervention (PSY 3332), Group Processes (PSY 3337), Behavioral and Cognitive Intervention (PSY 4328), Psychological Measurement (PSY 4347), Human Service Program Management (PSY 4408), Pre-Internship Seminar (PSY 4870), and Internship in Psychology (PSY 4970).

Electives at the 4000 level in Psychology

The Psychology Major requires nine credits of psychology courses at the 4000 level. Teaching assistantships, internships, and Pre-internship Seminar (PSY 4870) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement, but can be used a general electives in the

Working with your Psychology Advisor

If you declare psychology as your major when you first enroll at BSU you will automatically be assigned an Advisor from the Psychology Department. If you declare Psychology as your major after you have been enrolled here as a student, you will need to contact the Chair of the Psychology Department and ask to be assigned to an advisor in the major.

Early in your college career, you should discuss your interests and career goals with your advisor and work out a plan of study that best fits your needs.  You should visit with your advisor at least once a semester before you register for classes to discuss your progress and update your plans.