The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Psychology, Bachelor of Science

A college degree in psychology opens the door to one of the most challenging and rewarding professional fields today. Psychology students learn the necessary skills to assist people in improving their mental health; they also gain knowledge and abilities that are valued in many other fields, such as business and politics. At the bachelor’s level, psychology graduates are sought in fields like mental health casework statistics, probation and corrections, public relations, health education, social work, human resources, recreational therapy, education, and physician assisting among others.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

Major Requirements - 42 Hours

Required Courses - 27 hours

Psychology Foundation - 6 hours

PSYC 2302Basic Statistics for Psychologists

3

PSYC 3325Research Methods in Psychology

3

Basic Psychology Courses - 18 Hours

PSYC 3324Social Psychology

3

PSYC 3353Physiological Psychology

3

PSYC 4313Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYC 4318Theories of Learning

3

Choose one:
PSYC 3332Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Adolescence

3

Or

PSYC 3337Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

Choose one:
PSYC 3373Sensation and Perception

3

Or

PSYC 4319Cognitive Psychology

3

Social and Behavioral Science Course - 3 hours

Choose from:
ANTH 1324Human Evolution

3

ANTH 2302Introduction to Archeology

3

ANTH 2351Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 1301Introduction to Economics

3

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ENGL 2315Humans and Language

3

PHIL 1362Race, Sexuality, and Class

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

Prescribed Electives - 15 hours

Choose at least one course from each category (Cognitive/Biological Foundations, Developmental/Social/Cultural Foundations, Theoretical/Methodological Foundations, or Applications).

Cognitive/Biological Foundations

Choose from:
PSYC 3383Animal Behavior

3

PSYC 4320Memory

3

PSYC 4330Human Motivation

3

PSYC 4356Health Psychology

3

Developmental/Social/Cultural Foundations

Choose from:
PSYC 3333Psychology of Adulthood: Maturity and Old Age

3

PSYC 3338Psychology of Gender

3

PSYC 4326Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

PSYC 4328/MASC 4328Psychological Issues in the Mexican-American Community

3

Theoretical/Methodological Foundations

Choose from:
PSYC 3343Tests and Measurements in Psychology

3

PSYC 4303Advanced Statistics for Psychology

3

PSYC 4333Theories of Personality

3

PSYC 4363Systems and Theories in Psychology

3

Applications

Choose from:
PSYC 3305Applied Behavior Analysis

3

PSYC 3340Stress Management

3

PSYC 4314Psychopathology of Childhood

3

PSYC 4342Psychology and Law

3

PSYC 4343Human Factors

3

PSYC 4357Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3

PSYC 4360Clinical and Counseling Psychology

3

Free Electives - 28 hours

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours.

Additional Life and Physical Sciences - 8 hours

In addition to the Life and Physical Sciences requirement in the General Education Core Curriculum, choose 8 hours from any of the following disciplines: astronomy (ASTR), biology (BIOL), anatomy and physiology (BIOL), chemistry (CHEM), geology (GEOL), physical science (PSCI) and physics (PHYS).May include laboratories taken in fulfillment of section 090 of the core 

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120