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Department of Psychology

Degree Program

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. The requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology are designed to introduce the student to the broad spectrum of psychologic knowledge and skills, including an early exposure to research methods and statistics.

The psychology major prepares students for entry-level employment and for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Two graduate programs offered at LSUS serve to further prepare students for careers in psychology - The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and the Specialist in School Psychology.

The table that follows shows a typical 4 year curriculum of 120 total credit hours which completes a major in Psychology. Entering students should try to follow this sequence of courses. Transfer students should try to incorporate the logic of this course sequence into their curriculum sequence as much as possible. Generally, this sequence puts most of the Gen Ed requirements in the first two years, places the psychology courses in the sequence that we would like you to follow, completes almost all your psychology courses before you would apply for admission to graduate school, and leaves electives for near the end after graduate school application is completed.

Fall SemesterCr.Spring SemesterCr.
First Year Psychology 152 (GE)* 3 Psychology 209 (GE)* 3
FS-102 (GE) 3 Biology (104 to 109) (GE) 3
Biology 101 (GE) 3 Math 124 (GE) 3
Math 121 (GE)* 3 History (105-107/145/146) (GE) 3
English 105 (GE)* 3 English 115 (GE)* 3
Total 15 Total 15



Fall SemesterCr.Spring SemesterCr.
Second Year Psychology 216* 3 English ≥ 205 3
Biology ______ (GE) 3 Psychology 317* 3
Fine Arts 140 (GE) 3 Psychology 212* 3
Communications 135 (GE) 3 Philosophy 105 (GE) 3
CSC-111 or ISDS 150 3 Sociology 105 3
HPE ______ 1
Total 16 Total 15



Fall SemesterCr.Spring SemesterCr.
Third Year Psychology 350* 3 Psychology 411* 3
Psychology 404* 3 Psychology 422* 3
English ≥ 205 ______ 3 Psychology 455* 3
Political Science ______ 3 Social Science ElectiveϮ ______ 3
Biology ______ 3 Physical Science (GE) ______ 3
HPE ______ 1 HPE ______ 1
Total 16 Total 16



Fall SemesterCr.Spring SemesterCr.
Fourth Year Psychology 428* 3 Psychology 405* 3|
Psychology Elective ______ * 3 Social Science ElectiveϮ ______ (GE) 3
|Social Science ElectiveϮ 3 ______ 3
General Elective ______ 3 General Elective ______ 3
General Elective ______ 3
General Elective ______ 3
Total 12 Total 15

All courses marked with an * must have a grade of “C” or better to count toward graduation and if the course is a pre-requisite for another course, the grade of “C” or better must be earned prior to taking the course needing the pre-requisite.

(GE) means a General Education Required course.

Ϯ One Social Science elective must be an approved Gen. Ed. course at 200 level or higher.