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Requirements

NOTE: These are requirements for the 2017 and later catalog. If you are on an earlier catalog, refer to the 2014-2016, or -2013 Requirements.

Requirements for Major (BA)

The required number of hours for the major is 35 hours, including 3 Communication Literacy (CL) courses and the Psychology core.

All psychology majors must complete a core program consisting of:

  • 1300. General Psychology
  • 2400. Statistical Methods (CL)
  • 3401. Research Methods (CL; Prerequisite: PSY 2400)

All psychology majors must select at least one course from each of six groups:

  • Group 1: Learning and Cognition
  • Group 2: Individual Differences, Personality, and Social Processes
  • Group 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Group 4: Development Bases in Behavior
  • Group 5: Applied Professional Psychology in Community and Practice Settings
  • Group 6: Additional Courses in Psychology

See courses

Electives to fill the remaining hours:

The final 9 hours of elective courses may be any psychology courses not already taken to meet the above requirements. At least 21 hours of the total credits toward the major must be from 3000-4000 level courses. All psychology majors must select a minor. Grades below C will not be acceptable for fulfilling major, minor, or teacher certification requirements.

Communication Literacy Courses:

Courses designated as meeting the communication literacy requirement are PSY 2400, 3306, 3401, 4305, 4310, and 4334.

All majors must completed PSY 2400 and 3401 and then students select one of the remaining courses as the third course in the sequence.

All Communication Literacy courses must be taken at Texas Tech.

Minor Outside of Psychology:

All psychology majors are required to complete a minor outside of psychology. This minor may be in any discipline the student chooses.

General Education Requirements:

  • English (12 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (6 hours)
  • Foreign Language (6-16 hours)
  • Natural Science (8-12 hours)
  • American History (6 hours)
  • Political Science (6 hours)
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture (6 hours)
  • Creative Arts (6 hours)
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Multicultural Requirement (3 hours)

General Education Requirements - Worksheet

Service Activities:

In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology. Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty with whom you come into contact. Such activities may contribute to the completion of major and/ or minor requirements through enrollment in PSY 4000 during your Junior-Senior years. Majors who are headed to graduate school in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSY 4000, Individual Problems, as an elective (for up to 6 hours towards the major or 12 hours towards degree). For more information regarding undergraduate research opportunities please visit our facutly labs page.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of total of 40 hours of junior and senior level 3000 and 4000 courses must be taken from the major, minor, electives, and or general division degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 hours are needed for graduation. Degree Plans must be filed when students complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Intent to graduate must filed within 12 months of the intended date of graduation.

The University is committed to allowing you to graduate in four years. Learn about this program at the Graduate on Time Website.

Requirements for Minor

Students wishing to minor in psychology must complete at least 18 credit hours in psychology, including PSY 1300 and at least 3 courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students majoring in psychology must take at least 9 psychology credit hours from Texas Tech.

Transfer students minoring in psychology must take at least 6 psychology credit hours from Texas Tech.

Grades below C will not be accepted toward major or minor requirements.

BA/MA in Human Factors Psychology

The Human Factors Division offers a combined BA and MA program.

NOTE: These are requirements for the 2014-2016 catalog. If you are on an earlier catalog, refer to the -2013 Requirements. If you are on a later catalog, refer to the 2017+ Requirements.

Requirements for Major (BA)

The required number of hours for the major is 35 hours, including 2 Writing Intensive (WI) courses. (Many courses are WI on a rotating basis. Courses that are always WI are indicated below.)

All psychology majors must complete a core program consisting of:

  • 1300. General Psychology
  • 2400. Statistical Methods
  • 3401. Research Methods (Prerequisite: PSY 2400)

All psychology majors must select at least one course from each of six groups:

  • Group 1: Learning and Cognition
  • Group 2: Individual Differences, Personality, and Social Processes
  • Group 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Group 4: Development Bases in Behavior
  • Group 5: Applied Professional Psychology in Community and Practice Settings
  • Group 6: Additional Courses in Psychology

See courses

Electives to fill the remaining hours:

The final 9 hours of elective courses may be any psychology courses not already taken to meet the above requirements. At least 21 hours of the total credits toward the major must be from 3000-4000 level courses. All psychology majors must select a minor. Grades below C will not be acceptable for fulfilling major, minor, or teacher certification requirements.

Writing Intensive Courses:

All psychology majors must complete 6 credit hours of writing intensive courses in the major.

The following courses are designated as writing intensive: PSY 3401

Other courses are designated as writing intensive on a rotating basis.

Minor Outside of Psychology:

All psychology majors are required to complete a minor outside of psychology. This minor may be in any discipline the student chooses.

General Education Requirements:

  • English (12 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (6 hours)
  • Foreign Language (6-16 hours)
  • Natural Science (8-12 hours)
  • American History (6 hours)
  • Political Science (6 hours)
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture (6 hours)
  • Creative Arts (6 hours)
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Multicultural Requirement (3 hours)

General Education Requirements - Worksheet

Service Activities:

In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology. Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty with whom you come into contact. Such activities may contribute to the completion of major and/ or minor requirements through enrollment in PSY 4000 during your Junior-Senior years. Majors who are headed to graduate school in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSY 4000, Individual Problems, as an elective (for up to 6 hours towards the major or 12 hours towards degree). For more information regarding undergraduate research opportunities please visit our facutly labs page.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of total of 40 hours of junior and senior level 3000 and 4000 courses must be taken from the major, minor, electives, and or general division degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 hours are needed for graduation. Degree Plans must be filed when students complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Intent to graduate must filed within 12 months of the intended date of graduation.

The University is committed to allowing you to graduate in four years. Learn about this program at the Graduate on Time Website.

Requirements for Minor

Students wishing to minor in psychology must complete at least 18 credit hours in psychology, including PSY 1300 and at least 3 courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students majoring in psychology must take at least 9 psychology credit hours from Texas Tech.

Transfer students minoring in psychology must take at least 6 psychology credit hours from Texas Tech.

Grades below C will not be accepted toward major or minor requirements.

BA/MA in Human Factors Psychology

The Human Factors Division offers a combined BA and MA program.

NOTE: These are requirements for the 2013 and earlier catalog. If you are on a later catalog, refer to the 2014-2016, or 2017+ Requirements.

Requirements for Major

The required number of hours for the major is 34 hours, including 2 Writing Intensive (WI) courses. (Many courses are WI on a rotating basis. Courses that are always WI are indicated below.)

All psychology majors must complete a core program consisting of:

  • General Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics

All psychology majors must select at least one course from each of five areas (click to learn more):

  • Cognitive and Physiological Bases of Behavior
  • Personality, Social, and Abnormal Bases of Behavior
  • Developmental Bases of Behavior
  • Applications of Psychology
  • Additional Topics in Psychology

See courses

Electives to fill the remaining hours:

The final 9 hours of elective courses may be any psychology courses not already taken to meet the above requirements. At least 21 hours of the total credits toward the major must be from 3000-4000 level courses. All psychology majors must select a minor. Grades below C will not be acceptable for fulfilling major, minor, or teacher certification requirements.

Intensive Writing Courses:

All psychology majors must complete 6 credit hours of writing intensive courses in the major.

Minor Outside of Psychology:

All psychology majors are required to complete a minor outside of psychology. This minor may be in any discipline the student chooses.

General Education Requirements:

  • English (12 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (6 hours)
  • Foreign Language (6-16 hours)
  • Natural Science (8-12 hours)
  • American History (6 hours)
  • Political Science (6 hours)
  • Humanities (6 hours)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (6 hours)
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Multicultural Requirement (3 hours)
  • Individual and Group Behavior (6 hours)

General Education Requirements - Worksheet

Service Activities:

In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology. Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty with whom you come into contact. Such activities may contribute to the completion of major and/ or minor requirements through enrollment in PSY 4000 during your Junior-Senior years. Majors who are headed to graduate school in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSY 4000, Individual Problems, as an elective (for up to 6 hours towards the major or 12 hours towards degree). For more information regarding undergraduate research opportunities please visit our facutly labs page.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of total of 40 hours of junior and senior level 3000 and 4000 courses must be taken from the major, minor, electives, and or general division degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 hours are needed for graduation. Degree Plans must be filed when students complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Intent to graduate must filed within 12 months of the intended date of graduation.

The University is committed to allowing you to graduate in four years. Learn about this program at the Graduate on Time Website.

Requirements for Minor

Students wishing to minor in psychology must complete at least 18 credit hours in psychology, including PSY 1300 and at least 3 courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students majoring in psychology must take at least 9 psychology credit hours from Texas Tech.

BA/MA in Human Factors Psychology

The Human Factors Division offers a combined BA and MA program.

Goals/Objectives

Psychology majors will...
  1. Have a broad knowledge base in psychology.
  2. Have knowledge of scientific methods and a strong ability to evaluate evidence.
  3. Have knowledge about applications of psychology.
  4. Increase their multicultural awareness during their undergraduate studies.
  5. Receive help with career planning and career development.

Assessments (Evaluation Methods)

  • Improvement on a knowledge test given at freshman orientation, at mid-career (filing of degree plan), and at graduation. (Assessing Goals 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Number of students who participate in research projects. (Assessing Goals 2 and 3)
  • Number of students who volunteer in the community. (Assessing Goal 3)
  • Specific assessments in courses designed to meet at least one of the five goals (Assessing Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Outcomes

We have just developed the knowledge test. It will be given three times to undergraduate majors beginning in Summer 2005. We have been using a mid-career and exit survey assessing students' satisfaction, some attitudes, and some of their activities. These data can be seen on our Annual Assessment report

Numbers of students volunteering and participating in research projects has increased from the mid-career survey to the exit survey. See our Annual Assessment report.

We have added five learning outcome goals for our undergraduate program. These are listed in our revised strategic plan under a new objective under Goal 2, Academic Excellence. The new Objective 2.2 is Improve undergraduate learning outcomes. The Strategies are to evaluate and measure the undergraduates' 1) breath of psychology knowledge, 2) training in scientific methods and the evaluation of evidence, 3) knowledge of applications of psychology, 4) multicultural awareness, and 5) career planning and development. We will continue to administer our survey at mid-career and at graduation. This survey presently assesses students' satisfaction with advising, their courses, the faculty, and their educational experience at Texas Tech. We will add items designed to specifically tap our learning outcome objectives on this survey. In addition, faculty will list the five goals that are relevant to their courses on each course syllabus. Faculty will include assessments of the goals in their courses. In addition, our Undergraduate Programs Committee is working on other specific assessments for each of these goals.

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051