May 30, 2023
A minimum of 120 total earned credit hours are required for the degree. The Major in Psychology requires 39 credit hours of coursework in the major, plus completion of a minor or second major, and other requirements as listed below. Psychology coursework in five areas is required: Research Methods/Critical Thinking Skills, Knowledge Base, Application of Psychology, Psychology Elective courses, and a Capstone course. No more than 6 credit hours (two courses) may be double-counted with another major, minor, or General Education requirements. General Psychology Lab may not be counted towards the major.
General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)
For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program . The Natural Science courses must be selected from a subject outside of Psychology.
Foreign Language Courses
Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language at the 1202 level is required.
Major Courses (30 credit hours)
Research Methods and Critical Thinking Area Courses (12 credit hours)
Knowledge Base Area Courses (12 credit hours)
Select one course from each sub-area:
Biological Basis of Behavior
Application of Psychology Area Courses (6 credit hours)
Select two of the following courses; both may be from the same area:
No more than 6 hours in each Experimental Applications course may be applied toward the major. Additional hours may be applied to the Elective Courses.
Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Select two courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
Minor or Second Major
Students pursuing a B.S. in Psychology are expected to be exposed to a depth of knowledge in at least one domain outside of psychology through their completion of a minor or second major. The choice of minor or second major should be considered in terms of the fulfillment of individual educational and vocational aspirations.
Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
Capstone courses serve as a culminating experience for the undergraduate program. Selection of a Capstone course should be made with future career and educational goals in mind. Enrollment in a Capstone course requires the student to have completed 90 or more hours of coursework, have a C or above in PSYC 2103 , and any additional prerequisites as required by the individual course. A Capstone course may not be taken during the same term as PSYC 2103 . Only one Senior Seminar may be taken. Students may select their Capstone from the following list of courses:
Unrestricted Elective Courses
Students should seek advising from the Psychology Advising for Student Success (PASS) Center about courses most beneficial to their career and educational goals. In addition, the Department of Psychology actively participates in several interdisciplinary areas of study, including Gerontology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Cognitive Science.
A GPA of 2.0 or above must be achieved for the major. A grade of C or above in PSYC 1101 , PSYC 2101 , PSYC 2103 , a statistics course, and the Capstone course within two attempts* is required to progress in the major. A grade of C or above is required in each of the two General Education science courses.
*Each of the following is considered an attempt: Withdrawing from the course after the drop deadline (may be appealed); grade replacement; audits; Pass/No Credit; Incompletes that convert to grades of F; and grades of A, B, C, D, or F.
For details about the Honors Program in Psychology, visit the program page .
For a suggested curriculum for this degree to map out a path toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.