College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology

B.A., B.S. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 120 credits

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The Department of Psychology offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in psychology. The department's focus is to provide breadth and depth in the science and profession of psychology with a commitment to honoring diversity and promoting human welfare. The curriculum develops cross-cultural knowledge, critical thinking, imagination, creativity, ethical principles and concern for social justice, as well as respect for and knowledge of diverse points of view that include feminist, multicultural, indigenous, and gay and lesbian perspectives.

In addition to active engagement in the classroom, students participate in research and community service. Programs in psychology facilitate an understanding of the human experience as an interaction of biological, psychological, social and cultural processes.

Graduates of the undergraduate program in psychology have been successful in gaining entrance to graduate school in a variety of fields including psychology, medicine, business and law. Graduation with an undergraduate psychology degree has allowed students to become employed in a variety of entry-level human services and business positions.

The Alaska Natives into Psychology (ANPsych) program helps train Alaska Natives and American Indians as psychologists or other behavioral health professionals to address the significant shortage of these professionals in Alaska, particularly rural Alaska. ANPsych supports native communities in building wellness in their villages. The ANPsych program is housed in the psychology departments at UAF and UAA and serves as a training pipeline to provide social, financial and academic support for students and behavioral health paraprofessionals who wish to continue their education. The program strives to attract Native high school and undergraduate students seeking a degree in psychology. In addition, a select group of Native students receive similar support for advanced training in psychology at the graduate level.

Major -- B.A. or B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. or B.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      PSY F101--Introduction to Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F275--Introduction to Social Science Research Methods--3 credits
      PSY F485--Senior Seminar--3 credits
    2. Complete one course from each of the following specialized areas:
      PSY/SOC F250--Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F480W--Qualitative Social Science Research--3 credits
      STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics--3 credits

      Biological Perspectives
      PSY F335--Physiological Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F370--Drugs and Drug Dependence--3 credits
      PSY F470--Sensation and Perception--3 credits

      Social Perspectives
      PSY/SOC F330--Social Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F390W,O--Industrial and Organizational Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F445W--Community Psychology--3 credits

      Psychological Perspectives
      PSY F304--Personality--3 credits
      PSY F345--Abnormal Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F440--Learning and Cognition--3 credits

      PSY F310O--Cross-Cultural Psychology--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F333/WMS F332--Human Sexualities Across Cultures--3 credits
      PSY/WMS F360O--Psychology of Women Across Cultures--3 credits
    3. Complete 12 additional PSY credits (you may also choose from the courses listed in the specialized areas above).
    4. Complete one community service course.**
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Community service courses: PSY F310, F345, F445 and F470.
Note: Student may not count more than 6 credits of any combination of PSY F497 and F498 toward the degree.
Note: Student may apply an unlimited number of PSY F392/F492 and PSY F393/F493 credits toward the degree provided the topics are different for each course.


  1. Complete the following:
    PSY F101--Introduction to Psychology--3 credits
    PSY electives--12 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--15 credits