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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major, B.A.

Subtotal: 15

In addition, students must choose one course from three categories and two courses from a fourth category listed under the methodological approaches below.

Subtotal: 15


A minimum of 15 additional semester hours in psychology courses selected in consultation with and approved by a Psychology Department advisor, making a total of 45 hours in psychology. No more than 9 of these hours may be PSY 2950  courses, and no more than 6 of these hours may be PSY 4980 - Independent Study  and no more than 6 hours may be in PSY 3970 - Practicum  and no more than 6 hours may be in PSY 3980 - Internship in Psychology . The maximum number of hours in psychology a student may count toward a bachelor of arts degree is 60.

Subtotal: 15

Total Hours Required for the Major: 45


This additional requirement may be applied toward General Studies, the minor, or degree electives.

Students considering advanced degrees should be aware that, in addition to course work in the areas listed above, graduate programs often have specific undergraduate course prerequisites. Required or recommended courses, depending on the graduate program, include Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Child Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Organizational Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Internship in Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, and Advanced Statistics. Therefore, students should consult with a Psychology Department advisor to choose appropriate psychology electives.

In meeting the requirements for the psychology major (described above), transfer students must take a minimum of 15 semester hours of psychology course work at MSU Denver, of which at least 9 must be upper-division credits.

Transfer students must have completed both semesters of a two-semester introductory psychology course for equivalence to exist. Three semester hours will count toward the major or minor; three semester hours will count as general electives (i.e., PSY 8888) to graduate. If a student has taken only one semester of a two-semester introductory course and takes PSY 1001 at MSU Denver, the transfer introductory credits will not count toward the degree. 

A grade of “D-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. Psychology majors must have a GPA of 2.0 in their major and an overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.

The Psychology Department does not accept correspondence study courses toward the total number of semester hours required for a major or minor. However, correspondence study credit can count toward the degree. Students who wish to use psychology courses to fulfill General Studies, University degree requirements, or an interdisciplinary major or minor must earn additional hours to fulfill the total hours for either the interdisciplinary major or minor in psychology. Psychology majors cannot use psychology courses to fulfill General Studies requirements.The only exceptions are: PSY 4510 History and Systems of Psychology, which may be used as a Senior Experience without being replaced in the major or minor; and PSY 3030 Multicultural Psychology, or PSY 3700 Psychology of Group Prejudice, which may be used to meet the Multicultural requirement without being replaced in the major or minor. Please consult with an advisor.