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Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Psychology. The bachelor’s degree emphasizes the empirical study of human behavior and is structured around a comprehensive core curriculum that can lead to additional training in biological psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, cross-cultural psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and social psychology.

Department of Psychology Admission Policy

The goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide its students with a program of study that has the highest possible standards. To achieve this goal, the admission policy of the Department of Psychology is designed to identify those students most likely to succeed in their undergraduate psychology education. A psychology minor is, however, available to all UTSA students who seek to complement a different academic major with a strong foundation in psychology.

Direct Admission Criteria

  1. Applicants entering UTSA from high school and transfer students who have completed fewer than 30 hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to the Department of Psychology if they:
    • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements
    • are ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school graduation class
    • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college-level courses completed.
    • have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative for unencumbered registration for courses.
  2. Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to the Department of Psychology if they:
    • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements
    • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college-level courses completed
    • have successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with the grade of “C-” or better:
      1. PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
      2. And one of the following Math or Statistics courses:
      MAT 1023, MAT 1033, MAT 1073, MAT 1093, MAT 1163, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, STA 1053, or STA 1043

Applicants Who Do Not Meet Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants for admission to the Department of Psychology who do not meet the criteria for direct admission stated above will be admitted to the Department as prepsychology (PRP) students.

Academic performance for admittance to the Department of Psychology will be evaluated after students have met all the following conditions:

  • have a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA coursework
  • have a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA Department of Psychology coursework
  • have successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with the grade of “C-” or better
    1. PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
    2. And one of the following Math or Statistics courses:
      MAT 1023, MAT 1033, MAT 1073, MAT 1093, MAT 1163, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, STA 1053, or STA 1043

A student who does not meet the requirements to declare a Psychology major after completing 12 total semester credit hours of psychology coursework at UTSA will only be permitted to take additional psychology courses that are needed for a psychology minor and will no longer be considered a prepsychology student.

Department Honors

The Department of Psychology awards Honors in Psychology to certain of its outstanding students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection of students for honors designation is based on a student’s academic performance and recommendation by the faculty in the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in Psychology at UTSA. The minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the department faculty. Students applying for Honors in Psychology are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor and another departmental faculty member.

Students interested in this program should contact their faculty advisors for additional information.

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