Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Counseling Psychology Accelerated Track)


This track is intended for students who enter TWU with less than 24 hours.  Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain on this accelerated track.  Students must apply to the TWU Master's in Counseling Psychology Program in their Junior year through the department.  If admitted at the departmental level, students must also apply through the Graduate School in the Spring of their Senior year.  Please see the graduate catalog for information.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Identify and utilize a variety of sources of information to solve problems; be able to apply different methods to collect and analyze data; apply analytical skills to summarize and draw findings from data.
  2. Present ideas in a clear, organized fashion both in writing and oral communication. Develop coherent written and oral arguments.
  3. Professional development skills, including project management and the ability to work in a team; ability to work collaboratively on complex projects; divide complex tasks down and monitor progress to completion; problem solve effectively with group members when obstacles are encountered.


Update - Effective August 3, 2021: The Application deadline for each semester is 5:00 p.m. the last day of finals as published on the Registrar’s Calendar. Applications will be processed within three weeks of this deadline. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline and failure to meet this condition will require the applicant to wait until the next semester’s processing-cycle for consideration. Please ensure your application has been submitted successfully by checking your TWU email for a confirmation of submission. If you have not received a confirmation email, please resubmit your application.

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.  Additional admission requirements for the undergraduate psychology program are as follows:

  1. completion of 45 semester credit hours,
  2. completion of PSY 1013, PSY 1603, PSY 2013, and PSY 2513 with a C or higher,
  3. consistent adherence to the Psychology Program Code of Professional Conduct policy and,
  4. completion of the Psychology Major Application.

Students will initially enter as pre-psychology majors. Acceptance into the Psychology program is contingent upon meeting departmental requirements. Many psychology courses require that students be a Psychology major prior to enrollment.  Therefore, it is important that students complete the departmental admissions process as soon as admission requirements are met. Departmental admission applications are processed on a rolling basis but can take up to four (4) weeks to process dependent on submission time.

Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon completion of psychology and philosophy coursework with a C or higher and continued adherence to the Psychology Program Code of Professional Conduct policy

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA for the accelerated tracks and should enter TWU as FTIC.  Students must apply to the TWU Master's in Counseling Psychology Program in their Junior year through the department.  Please see the Psychology and Philosophy Graduate Programs website for information about applying to the Master in Counseling Psychology Program. If accelerated track GPA requirements are not met or if not accepted into the graduate program, students will be moved to the graduate preparation track.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120-125

Major: 41 SCH

Program Code: PSYCH.BS.COUNSELING  CIP Code: 42.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

PSY 1603Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2013Professional Development in Psychology3
PSY 2023Social Psychology3
PSY 2133Physiological Psychology3
PSY 2303Applied Statistics3
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3061Research Team III1
PSY 3071Research Team IV1
PSY 4071Research Team VI1
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology4
PSY 3943Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PSY 4103
PSY 4101
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
PSY 4183Global Perspectives in Psychology3
Applied Psychology Electives from Cluster A (see advisor)3
Advanced PSY Elective3
Total SCHs41

Departmental Requirements

Labs for core Life/Physical Sciences2
Natural Science for Major (see Advisor)3-4
PHIL 3053Ethics3
or PHIL 3073 Bioethics
or PHIL 3083 Ethics and Feminism
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking (may be applied from core)3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
PSY 3733Psychology of Women (may be applied from core)3
or WS 3733 Psychology of Women
Electives as needed
Total SCHs17-18

Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses (see advisor upon admission to TWU M.A. in Counseling Psychology Program)21
Total SCHs21

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
PSY 1082Psychology of Adjustment PSYC 23152
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Math Core (MATH 1703 recommended)3
 SCHs 15
PSY 1603Developmental Psychology PSYC 23143
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
PSY 2013Professional Development in Psychology 3
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
PSY 2303Applied Statistics PSYC 23173
 SCHs 15
PSY 2023Social Psychology PSYC 23193
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology PSYC 23203
 SCHs 6
Second Year
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
PSY 2133Physiological Psychology PSYC 23303
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology 4
PSY 3061Research Team III 1
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 14
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life/Physical Science Core 3-4
PSY 3071Research Team IV 1
PSY 3943Psychological Tests and Measurements 3
 SCHs 13-14
Life/Physical Science Core3-4
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking PHIL 23033
 SCHs 6-7
Third Year
Natural Science w/Lab for Major (see advisor)3-4
PSY 4183Global Perspectives in Psychology 3
PSY 4071Research Team VI 1
Advanced PSY Elective3
PSY 3733Psychology of Women 3
 SCHs 13-14
PSY 4103
PSY 4101
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Applied Psychology Elective from Cluster A (see advisor for selection)3
PHIL 3053, 3073
,or 3083
or Bioethics
or Ethics and Feminism
 SCHs 13
 SCHs 4
Fourth Year
Graduate Coursework12-13
 SCHs 12-13
Graduate Coursework9-10
 SCHs 9-10
 Total SCHs:  120-125