Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

B.A. or B.G.S. Major in Psychology

Psychology Major Course Requirements

Psychology Prerequisite or Co-Requisite Knowledge. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following area. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

  • College Algebra or Pre-Calculus. Satisfied by MATH 101 or 104.

Psychology Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following 9 areas:

Note: A student may not take more than 3 of the following core courses before being admitted to the major.

Psychology Required Electives. Majors must complete 12 hours, at least 6 of these hours must be completed with courses numbered 300 or higher.

Psychology Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 37 hours of major courses. Note: No more than 3 hours of PSYC 480, 481, or 483 may count toward the minimum hours required for the major. (No more than a 6-hour combination of these courses may be counted toward the major.)

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Major Junior/Senior Major Attempts
Summary includes American Studies junior/senior (300+) hours attempted, including F's and incompletes.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for psychology.

Contact Info

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Ruth Ann Atchley, Chair
785-864-9821
ratchley@ku.edu

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Paul Atchley, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9803
patchley@ku.edu
Byron Ceasar, Advising Specialist
785-864-3500
ceasarbd@ku.edu

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Monica Biernat, Associate Chair, Research and Graduate Studies
785-864-9815
biernat@ku.edu
Cathy O’Keefe, Graduate Applications
785-864-4195
cokeefe@ku.edu
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