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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.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

College Requirements

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. *12
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *6

Major Requirements

Psychology Major Requirements
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (Cannot be used to satisfy general education category B)3
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
Related Required Course
PSYC 400 LevelAdditional 400 level PSYC course - may be from PSYC 489 (Honors Thesis), PSYC 493 (Undergraduate Research), or PSYC 496 (Field Experience) courses taken for a grade.3
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
or ENGL 325 Writing in the Health Professions
or ENGL 459 Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher level)3
Bachelor of Science Supporting Track or Bachelor of Arts Modern Language Proficiency12-14
Students seeking a B.S. Degree must select one of the three tracks listed below in consultation with an adviser (14 credit minimum).
Students seeking a B.A. Degree must complete the Modern Foreign Language proficiency (3-12 credits).
Total Credits51-53
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. Courses selected for this track cannot count for general education.
Social Science Track
14 additional credits in social sciences (excluding PSYC prefix courses). Prefixes accepted include: ANTH, CJ, ECON, POLS, SOC or HDFS general education courses or courses that include an HDFS general education prerequisite. Courses selected for this track cannot count for general education.
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 Geography
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America
Minor Program of Study Track
A minor in an approved area of study.

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.