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60-credit BA

There are two options for completing a major in psychology.

  • The 45-credit major requires a student to also complete a minor or a second major in some other subject.  The 45-credit major is intended for students interested in combining a background in psychology with fields such as social work, family studies, business, forensics, primate behavior, and other fields in which training in behavioral science would be useful.
  • The 60-credit major leads to a bachelor’s degree without a minor or second major. It is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology.

The two majors are very similar.  The 60-credit major includes PSY363 Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods and more elective credits.  A psychology advisor can discuss your academic and career goals and help you choose the appropriate major.

Application for a Psychology Major

Please bring the completed application form to the psychology department secretary in PSY 421.  The office will then assign you an advisor.  A signed form from your advisor is required for program registration. Please contact the department office at 509-963-2381 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Required Courses for 60-credit major:

-- PSY 101 General Psychology
-- PSY 200 Introduction to the Major
-- PSY 300 Research Methods in Psychology
-- PSY 362 Introductory Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH 130 or higher)
-- PSY 363 Intermediate Statistics & Research Methods (Prerequisite: PSY 362)
-- PSY 489 Senior Assessment

Select at least one course from each of the following 5 groups:

Group I:
-- PSY 301 Learning
-- PSY 303 Analysis of Everyday Behavior
Group II:
-- PSY 310 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
-- PSY 313 Developmental Psychology
-- PSY 346 Social Psychology
Group III:
-- PSY 453 Theories of Personality
-- PSY 445 Clinical, Counseling and Community Psychology
-- PSY 449 Abnormal Psychology
Group IV:
-- PSY 420 Psychology of Language
-- PSY 460 Cognitive Psychology
Group V:
-- PSY 450 Sensation and Perception
-- PSY 478 Behavioral Neuroscience


In addition to the above coursework, the 60-credit major requires 14-17 credits of electives in psychology (may include a maximum of five lower division credits).  In addition to the above classes, other 300 and 400-level psychology classes may be taken as electives.  Not more than 10 hours of PSY 495 may be applied to a 60 credit psychology major.