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College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: B. A. or B. S.
Limited Access: YES
Contact: Academic Coordinator
Address: A209 PDB, FSU
  Tallahassee, FL 32306-4301
Phone: (850) 644-4260

Note to prospective transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Description of Major

Psychology uses scientific methods to attempt to understand, describe, predict and control behavior. The study of human behavior and animal behavior are two broad categories of specialization.  Within each category further areas of specialized study are possible and can be matched to career aspirations. The undergraduate program in Psychology at FSU offers students a broad background in many areas of Psychology and is flexible enough to allow the advanced student to specialize in an area of his/her greatest interest. The student may participate in a variety of formal programs which offer educational opportunities in Psychology such as the Honors Program, the Work-Study program, the Psychology summer program offered at the London Study Center, and the Psi Chi Organization.  Students are strongly encouraged to work in the department’s human and animal research laboratories and to participate in the department’s research on school and clinical problems in applied settings.  These research opportunities allow students to get to know faculty and help prepare them for graduate school.

Prerequisite Coursework:  0 beyond other requirements.
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission to the upper division major. The following, which should be taken as part of Liberal Studies/general education, are required as preparatory courses for the major, and must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. All may also apply toward Liberal Studies and/or major requirements.
BSC X0XX (3) one course in any level biology (or BSC X20X, or ZOO X010)
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology
STA X0XX (3) Statistics. STA 2122 (3) preferred.
XXX XXXX (3) any lower level psychology
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2160 or equivalent) level.

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
Due to the limitations in the number of faculty and physical resources, admission to the undergraduate program will be based on the following admission requirements: 1) a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all courses attempted, 2) completion of a statistics course (STA 2122 preferred), 3) completion of General Psychology, and 4) completion of a biology course (any course offered through the biology department- these are generally coded as BSC courses- human/animal-oriented biology courses preferred & recommended over environmental biology courses), and 5) completion of at least 52 academic credits or an A.A. Degree. Prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course.

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Major Program of Studies at FSU:  36 hours (not including General Psychology, Biology, or Statistics)
Grades below C- will not be accepted for major or minor credit. Students who have more than four grades below C- (D+, D, D-, or F) in psychology courses or its prerequisite courses, at Florida State or elsewhere, will not be permitted to continue toward a degree with a major in Psychology. If a student receives a fifth grade below C-, he or she will be required to change majors. Students must complete the following requirements: Applied Statistics STA2122 (3) or approved equivalent (If a lower-level statistics course is taken as an admission requirement into the major, STA2122 will need to be taken by term 5 as a graduation requirement for the major.)
Group 1. Research Methods (4 hours)
PSY 3213C (4) Research Methods in Psychology with Lab (pre-req or co-req: STA 2122 or STA 2171, or equivalent)
Group 2. Neuroscience (3 hours)  
PSB 2000 (3) Brain and Behavior
Group 3. Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Clinical (9-10 hours)
One course from THREE of the Four areas listed below:

__ SOP 3004 (3) Social Psychology
__ SOP4722 (3) Prejudice and Stereotyping
__ PPE 3003 (3) Psychology of Personality


__ EXP 4640 (3) Psychology of Language
__ EXP 4404 (3) Human Memory and Learning
__ EXP 3604C (4) Cognitive Psychology with Lab [pre-req: PSY 3213C]


__ DEP 3103 (3) Child Psychology
__ DEP 4404 (3) Psychology of Adult Development and Aging


__ CLP3305 (3) Clinical and Counseling Psych.
__ CLP4143 (3) Abnormal Psychology
__ CLP4134 (3) Abnormal Child Psych
__ CLP4110 (3) Eating Disorders
__ CLP4392 (3) Psych of Criminal Behavior
Group 4. Lecture/Laboratory Combinations (0-8 hours)
A lecture/lab combination course from the following list.
EXP 3202C (4) Sensation and Perception with Lab (pre-req: PSY 3213C)
EXP 3422C (4) Conditioning and Learning with Lab (pre-req: PSY 3213C)
EXP 3604C (4) Cognitive Psychology with Lab (pre-req: PSY 3213C)
**NOTE: Although PSB3004C has a lab component, it DOES NOT satisfy the group 4 lab requirement.
(If EXP3604C is used to meet Group 3 requirements, it may also be used to meet the Group 4 requirement. Note, “double counting” courses will not reduce the number of hours required in the major; the student will simply increase the number of Group 5 (Psychology Electives) hours required to bring the total hours in psychology to 36.)

Group 5. Psychology Electives (15-18 hours)
Students must take enough additional psychology elective courses to bring the total psychology hours to 36 (not including General Psychology).  Though students are encouraged to take Directed Individual Study, Research Topics, and Honors Thesis hours, there are limitations on how many of these may apply toward meeting this requirement for the major.  In addition, courses with a WST prefix will not count toward this major, even if listed on the psychology “course look up.” For students who have not taken any 4000-level psychology courses at Florida State University to fulfill Psychology requirements, at least three (3) hours of psychology electives must be taken at the 4000-level at Florida State University.  This cannot include PSY 4911-15, PSY 4920, PSY4944, or PSY 4039.   Students should consult with their advisor in selecting elective courses to ensure that they meet departmental guidelines and their own academic goals.

Minor Coursework: 12-18 hours as stated by the minor area. Work used to meet Liberal Studies and language requirements may not be used for the minor.

Computer Skills Competency:  1-3 hours
The following courses satisfy the computer literacy requirement: BSC 2010L (1), CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), CGS 3406 (3), COP 3014 (3), or ISC 3313 (3).

Oral Communication Competency:  0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
Major Coursework 36
Minor Coursework 12-18
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 1-3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*NOTE: Students are encouraged to take the prerequisite courses listed above as part of their Liberal Studies/general education requirements.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours (18 hrs. of Psychology) must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn a B. A. degree must complete nine additional hours in the fields of history and/or humanities in addition to the foreign language requirement (through the intermediate -2200 or equivalent-level).

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: NOTE: Most require graduate training. Psychologist: Clinical, Counseling, School, Educational, Social, Developmental, Child, Industrial/Organizational; Applied Behavior Analyst; Neuroscientist; Social Worker; Human Resource Specialist; Career Counselor; Rehabilitation Counselor; Corrections Officer; Mental Health Counselor, Job Analyst; Genetics Counselor, Salesperson; Manager.
Representative Employers: Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges, Business/Industry, Hospitals, Prison Systems, Primary and Secondary Schools, Testing Companies, Rehabilitation Agencies, Veterans Administration, Mental Health Agencies, Financial Institutions, Consulting Firms.

Updated: Summer 2015