Psychology BS


1. Completion of the Requirements for the AB

2. Quantitative Studies Requirement: Students must take one of the following courses: MATH 22, 112, or 122; STA 210 or 340. Note that PSY 201L, the statistics class in Psychology, will not enable students to enroll in STA 210 or 340, and students should review the Statistical Science website for the prerequisites for these classes.

3. Five Natural Science Electives Requirement. Some flexibility is allowed in completing this requirement, thus different students may follow different paths to the BS, considering the following:

  • Students must take five electives from the approved list from at least two departments outside of Psychology. Courses in another department that are cross-listed with Psychology do not count as a different department. Thus, the minimum number of classes to be taken outside of Psychology to satisfy the BS requirements is two.
  • Up to two empirically oriented Independent Study classes in Psychology may count towards the five NS elective requirement if not used to satisfy the 11-course AB requirement.
  • At least three of the five courses must be at or above the 200-level.

**PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses that carry an NS code are approved for the BS degree in psychology. Courses are selected for the list because they carry extensive psychological content or direct application in the study of psychology.


Starting this fall students will have a few different options to complete the statistics and research methods requirements for the major.

  • PSY 201 will not be offered again. Students who have completed the research methods but not the statistics requirement will need to enroll in one of the following courses: STA 101, 102, 111, 199L, 250 or MATH 342.
  • Students who have completed the statistics but not the research methods requirement should plan to complete this requirement by spring 2021, the last semester PSY 202L will be offered.
  • Students who have not completed either requirement should plan to enroll in PSY 204L, the first of a two- course sequence that will be taught first time this fall and will be offered each semester. Students who complete PSY 204L should plan to enroll in PSY 205L soon after. We recommend back-to-back semesters, but with flexibility (e.g., for study abroad).
  • Undeclared students planning to declare psychology as their major will likely enroll in PSY 204L in the spring of 2021. Enrollment priority for fall 2020 will be given to students who have already declared.

Currently, the requirement for the BS degree involves completing six courses over and above the requirements for the AB.  However, all students currently pursuing the BS plan will have the option to follow new requirements rolling out this summer for the class of 2024. In the new BS requirements, the additional quantitative requirement will be eliminated. Students will need to complete 5 courses from the approved list of courses. This is important for students who were planning to complete the additional quantitative requirement in the fall. It is also important for students who have already completed the quantitative requirement. Under the new plan, some classes that previously satisfied the quantitative requirement (e.g., STA 210) may count toward the 5 electives, instead.  See approved list for details.