Bachelor of Science in Psychology


The B.S. in Psychology is designed to provide a solid liberal arts education and will prepare students for a wide array of pursuits.

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; applying 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

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120-122   

Major: 45 SCH  Minor (optional): 25 SCH

Program Code: PSYCH.BS  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 2303Applied Statistics3
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology4
PSY Electives (2000 level or higher)9
PSY Electives (3000 level or higher)14
Applied Psychology Electives (Cluster A): 3
Psychology and the Media
Behavior Therapy Laboratory
Introduction to Behavior Therapy
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Positive Psychology
Health Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Counseling
Foundations of Family Psychology
Global Perspectives in Psychology
Psychology of Health Disparities
Early Field Experiences in Psychology
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Fundamental Psychology (Cluster B): 3
Human Nature
Human Nature
Evolutionary Psychology
Psychological Tests and Measurements
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Cognitive Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
The Changing Brain
Total SCHs45

Departmental Requirements

Select 3 SCH from3
Ethics and Feminism
Life/Physical Science4
Core Life/Physical Science Labs2
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking (may be applied from core)3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
WS 3733Psychology of Women (may be applied from core)3
or PSY 3733 Psychology of Women
Electives (6 SCH must be advanced)15
Total SCHs33

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
Life/Physical Science Core 4
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
Math or Wellness CAO Core2
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 16
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
PSY 1603Developmental Psychology PSYC 23143
Life/Physical Science Core4
MATH core (MATH 1703 recommended)3
PSY 2013Professional Development in Psychology 3
 SCHs 16
Second Year
Select one of the following Natural Science sequences3-4
Human Biology 1309 
General Life Science I BIOL 1408 
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 1305
& CHEM 1106
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311
& CHEM 1111
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 2401
& BIOL 2101
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 2402
& BIOL 2102
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking PHIL 23033
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology PSYC 23203
 SCHs 15-16
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
PSY 2023Social Psychology PSYC 23193
PSY 2303Applied Statistics PSYC 23173
Minor or Elective3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology 4
PSY 3733Psychology of Women 3
Psychology Elective (2000 level or above)3
Psychology Elective (2000 level or above)3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)2
 SCHs 15
Psychology Elective (2000 level or above)3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)3
Minor or Elective3
Minor or Elective3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
3 SCH from Cluster B - Fundamental Psychology Electives (upper level)3
3 SCH from Cluster A - Applied Psychology Electives (upper level)3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)3
Minor or Elective (advanced)3
 SCHs 15
Select one of the following3
Ethics and Feminism  
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Behavior Therapy
and Behavior Therapy Laboratory
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Minor or Elective (advanced)3
Minor or Elective3
 SCHs 13
 Total SCHs:  120-121

Note:  The 3 SCH Global Perspectives graduation requirement must be obtained through core courses, PSY 4183, or elective. Must meet 36 advanced semester credit hour requirement.