A total of 120 credits is required for a major in Psychology leading toward a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
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.
Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120
General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree
- A list of approved general education courses is available here .
- 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, should they apply.
|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) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.
|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|
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.
|Psychology Major Requirements|
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology (Cannot be used to satisfy general education category B)||3|
|PSYC 189||Skills for Academic Success 1||1|
|PSYC 350||Research Methods I||3|
|PSYC 351||Research Methods II||3|
|Psychology 400 Level Electives:||9|
|Select one course from 3 of the following 4 groups (A-D)|
Group A: Social/Personality:
|Experimental Social Psychology|
Group B: Perception/Cognition:
|Sensation & Perception|
|Memory And Knowledge|
|Attention & Thinking|
Group C: Biological Bases of Behavior:
Group D: Individual Differences:
|Experimental Developmental Psychology|
|The Psychology Of Aging|
|Child Psychopathology and Therapy|
|Capstone Experience: Select one of the following:||3|
|History & Systems|
|PSYC 400 Level||May include PSYC 493 (Undergraduate Research) or PSYC 496 (Field Experience) courses taken for a grade.||3|
|Other Required Courses|
|ENGL 324||Writing 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 103||College Algebra (or higher level)||3|
|Additional Degree Requirements||3-14|
|Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree must select one of the three tracks listed below in consultation with an adviser (14 credit minimum).|
|Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the Modern Foreign Language proficiency (3-14 credits).|
|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:|
|Introduction to Web Design|
|Listening and Nonverbal Communication|
|Critical Approaches to Popular Culture|
|Issues in Mass Communications|
|Issues in Communication|
|Health Communication II|
|Foundations of Management|
|Foundations of Organizational Behavior|
|World Regional Geography|
|Geography of North America|
|Minor Program of Study Track|
|A minor in an approved area of study.|
PSYC 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student. Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take PSYC 189.
- Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.
Required Credits: 18
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC Electives||At least one course must be a 300-400 level course||15|
Minor Requirements and Notes
- A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
- Courses cannot be taken P/F.