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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

The Psychology Department encourages students’ participation in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience by offering students a variety of opportunities to apply their ideas and knowledge to real-world settings. All Psychology majors enroll in Experimental Psychology and the accompanying laboratory. Experimental Psychology offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of research design and use these fundamentals to design an original research project which addresses many questions of applied interest. In addition, students can enroll in internships and independent study projects as part of their program of study. Internships are arranged through the Department of Psychology Internship Coordinator and are designed to provide students with experiences at a wide variety of organizations and institutions in the San Antonio area. Independent study projects are arranged through consultation with individual members of the Psychology faculty and are designed to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their research skills. These projects are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and usually involve work associated with the faculty member’s primary line of research.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students will need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

MAT 1023, MAT 1033, or MAT 1073 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. PSY 1013 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science.

Degree Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours in the major, 24 of which must be at the upper-division level:

    1. 15 semester credit hours of lower-division courses:

      1. PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology

      2. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

        PSY  2503  Developmental Psychology
        PSY  2513  Abnormal Psychology
        PSY  2523  Personality
        PSY  2533  Social Psychology

      3. 3 semester credit hours selected from the following:

        PSY  2543  Theories of Learning
        PSY  2573  Psychology of Thought

      4. PSY 2073 Statistics for Psychology or approved substitute (Prerequisites: MAT 1023, MAT 1033, or MAT 1073; and one psychology course.)

        NOTE: PSY 2073 must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" before enrolling in PSY 3403 and PSY 3413, and should be completed during the freshman or sophomore year.

    2. 24 semester credit hours of upper-division courses:

      1. PSY  3403  Experimental Psychology
        PSY  3413  Experimental Psychology Laboratory

      2. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

        PSY  3103  Cognition
        PSY  3153  Sensation and Perception
        PSY  4113  Cognitive Development
        PSY  4143  Memory
        PSY  4163  Sensory Processes
        PSY  4213  Social Cognition
        PSY  4293  Visual Information Processing
        PSY  4323  Psychology of Language

      3. 12 semester credit hours of upper-division courses in psychology. No more than 3 hours of Independent Study, Internship in Psychology, or Honors Thesis may be counted toward this requirement.
  2. 12 semester credit hours of support work outside of psychology. The courses taken to meet this requirement must have a common focus and must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor. A list of the sets of courses that meet this requirement is available from the student’s academic advisor. This requirement may be satisfied by completing a minor outside psychology.

  3. 27 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Psychology

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Psychology degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Four-Year Academic Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
MAT 1023, 1033, or 1073 (core) 3 PSY 2073 3
PSY 1013 (core and major) 3 PSY 2503, 2513, 2523, or 2533 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 PSY 3403 3
PSY 2503, 2513, 2523, or 2533 3 PSY 3413 3
PSY 2543 or 2573 3 Free elective 3
Natural Sciences Level II core 3 Literature core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Free elective 3 PSY Cognitive component 3
PSY Cognitive component 3 Upper division free elective 3
Upper-division PSY elective 3 Upper-division PSY elective 3
World Society & Issues core 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Upper-division PSY elective 3 Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division PSY elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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