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Psychology Major

A total of 122 credits is required for a major in Psychology leading toward a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

Psychology Minor

A minor in Psychology offers students electing majors in other disciplines the opportunity to complement their studies with a coherent set of psychology courses. Different courses are compatible with interests and career goals of students in major areas such as business, child development and family science, and computer science. Students planning a Psychology minor should consult with a faculty adviser from the Department of Psychology .

Students selecting a minor in Psychology must complete 18 credits in psychology (excluding PSYC 494 Individual Study or PSYC 496 Field Experience). These 18 semester credits may not be taken pass/fail and must include at least one 3-credit 300- or 400-level course. A minimum of eight credits must be taken at NDSU.

Major Requirements

Major: Psychology

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
Select one of the following:3
Writing in the Sciences
Writing in the Health Professions
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list (cannot use the gen ed PSYC prefix courses to satisfy this category)6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.


 Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
College of Science and Mathematics Requirements6-12
Psychology Major Requirements
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 350Research Methods I3
PSYC 351Research Methods II3
Psychology 400 Level Electives:15
Select one course from 3 of the following 4 groups (A-D), plus one capstone course and one other PSYC course numbered 400 or higher to equal 15 credits.
Group A: Social/Personality:
Organizational Psychology
Experimental Social Psychology
Group B: Perception/Cognition:
Sensation & Perception
Memory And Knowledge
Attention & Thinking
Group C: Biological Bases of Behavior:
Health Psychology
Group D: Individual Differences:
Experimental Developmental Psychology
The Psychology Of Aging
Advanced Psychopathology
Child Psychopathology and Therapy
Capstone Experience: Select one of the following:
History & Systems
Honors Thesis
PSYC 400 Level
Additional 400 level PSYC course - may be from PSYC 489, PSYC 494, or PSYC 496 courses taken for a grade.
Related Required Course
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher level)3
Bachelor of Science Supporting Track14
Student seeking a B.S. degree must select one of the following tracks in consultation with an adviser - 14 credit minimum. Courses selected for either of the supporting track cannot count toward the track and general education.
Natural Science Track: 14 additional credits in math/science. Prefixes accepted include: BIOL, BIOC, BOT, CHEM, ENT, GEOL, MATH, MICR, PHYS, PLSC, STAT, OR ZOO.
Social Science Track: 14 additional credits in social sciences (not Psychology). Prefixes accepted include: ANTH, HDFS general education courses or prerequisite is a general education course; CJ, ECON, POLS, or SOC. Other courses accepted include:
Human Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Web Design
Listening and Nonverbal Communication
Rhetorical Traditions
Contemporary Rhetoric
Critical Approaches to Popular Culture
Issues in Mass Communications
Issues in Communication
Health Communication II
Managerial Economics
Foundations of Management
Foundations of Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management
Human Geography
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America
Minor Track: A minor in an approved area
Degree Requirements: Potential of 29 credits to reach 12229
Total Credits122-128

Program Notes

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.

Minor Requirements

Psychology Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18

Required Courses
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC ElectivesAt least one course must be a 300-400 level course15
Total Credits18

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Courses cannot be taken P/F.