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Psychology B.A. Degree Requirements

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Your major requirements will depend on when you entered UD (your "Catalog Year").

Students have the option of changing to a subsequent Catalog Year (e.g., if requirements become more lenient after you start at UD, you may request to switch to the more lenient requirements). Please contact the Director of Advising for more information.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2004-2009, click here.
To see the requirements for Catalog Year 2010, click here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2011-2016, click here and download a degree checklist here.

Download the most recent Degree Checklist for your own records:

Psychology BA Checklist Catalog Year 2017 and later

A sample Psychology B.A. 4-year plan

Catalog Year 2017 and later

University RequirementsCredits
English 110 (need a C-)
ENGL 110 will be taken by all students as freshmen. ENGL 110 must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters. Transfer students who have completed college-level courses in research writing should check with the Department of English to see if they qualify for exemption.
Multicultural Course (MCC; need a D-)3
First Year Experience (FYE)1
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)3
University Breadth Requirements
Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). University Breadth courses must be taken from four different subject areas.  Students in a single major may NOT satisfy these with courses from their major area.
          --Creative Arts and Humanities
          --History and Cultural Change3
          --Social and Behavioral Sciences3
          --Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology


​Capstone Experience   (new requirement for students entering UD in Fall 2017)


College of Arts & Sciences RequirementsCredits
Second Writing Course (need a C-)

Must have completed 60 credits first; Only the specific sections designated within each academic term will satisfy the second writing requirement.

Foreign Language (need a D-)
The number of courses depends on years of language taken in high school; must complete the intermediate level (107 or 112 or 202 (fomerly 214), depending on the language)

Math (need a D-)

MATH 113, 114, 115 or 117 or a MATH course at the 2xx level or above (but NOT 201, 202, 205, 250, 251, 252, 253, 266, 300, or 450).   

Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirements
Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). Within each group, courses must be from at least two departments. Courses may count for both University and A&S breadth requirements when a course satisfies both (see the rules here).
--Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities
--Group B: History and Cultural Change
--Group C: Social and Behavioral Sciences
--Group D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology

At least one course must have a laboratory component


Psychology Major Requirements    (need a C- for all major courses)

Entry level courses.  Take all three: 

    PSYC100: General Psychology

AP score of 4 will exempt you from PSYC100

    PSYC207: Research Methodology3
    PSYC209: Measurement & Statistics
MATH202, MATH205, STAT200, or SOCI301 are approved substitutions. If you received STAT200 credit through AP Statistics, you must still fulfill this requirement.
Core Competencies: 
Biopsychology.  Choose one from:3
    PSYC312: Learning & Motivation 
    PSYC314: Brain & Behavior 
    PSYC320: Introduction to Neuroscience
Not recommended for PSYC B.A. majors unless you have a strong BISC and CHEM background. PSYC314 is recommended instead.
If you are minoring or double majoring with Neuroscience, please see this website for the rules about which courses can count for both sets of requirements.
Cognitive Psychology.  Choose one from:3
    PSYC310: Sensation & Perception 
    PSYC340: Cognition 
    PSYC344: Psychology of Language 
Developmental/Clinical Psychology. Choose one from:
    PSYC350: Developmental Psychology 
    PSYC380: Psychopathology 
Social/Personality/Cultural Psychology. Choose one from:3
    PSYC370: Research in Personality 
    PSYC390: Social Psychology 
    PSYC394: Cultural Psychology 

400-Level Specialty Courses. Take two.

Excludes 466, 468, and 404.


Free Elective

Excludes PSYC301, 303, 325, 334. PSYC366 counts for this elective. Additional courses from the core competency areas above also count.


Total credits in the Psychology B.A. major: 30

Total credits to graduate: minimum 124 with a GPA of 2.0

Note: For the PSYC B.A., no more than 45 credits of PSYC courses may be applied toward the 124 required. A cross-listed course will be considered a part of the 45 credit total, regardless of which prefix a student used to register for the course.

Note: If you are minoring or double majoring with Neuroscience, please see this website for the rules about which courses can count for both sets of requirements.

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