College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology

BA, BS Degrees; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 120 credits

The Department of Psychology offers BA and BS 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 can 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 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. The program strives to attract Native high school and undergraduate students seeking a degree in psychology.

Major -- BA or BS Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the BA or BS degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Foundation (15 credits)
      Complete the following:
      PSY F101--Introduction to Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F201--Psychology and Culture--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F250--Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences (3)
           or STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)--3 credits
      PSY F275--Introduction to Social Science Research Methods--3 credits
      PSY F475W--Research Design and Analysis in Psychology (3)
           or PSY F485--Senior Seminar (3)
           or PSY F499--Thesis (3)--3 credits
    2. Theoretical (6 credits)
      Complete 6 credits from the following:
      PSY F304--Personality--3 credits
      PSY F320--History and Systems of Psychology--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F330--Social Psychology--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F333/WGS F332--Human Sexualities Across Cultures--3 credits
      PSY F335--Brain and Behavior--3 credits
      PSY F345--Abnormal Psychology--3 credits
      PSY/WGS F360O--Psychology of Women Across Cultures--3 credits
      PSY F370--Drugs and Behavior--3 credits
      PSY F440--Learning and Cognition--3 credits
      PSY F470W,O--Sensation and Perception--3 credits
    3. Applied (6 credits)
      Complete 6 credits from the following:
      PSY F337W--Sport Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F390W,O--Industrial and Organizational Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F445W--Community Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F455--Clinical Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F469--Health Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F475W--Research Analysis and Design--3 credits
      PSY/SOC F480W--Qualitative Social Science Research--3 credits
      PSY F485--Senior Seminar in Psychology--3 credits
      PSY F488--Practicum in Psychology--1–6 credits
      PSY F498--Research in Psychology--1–6 credits
      PSY F499--Thesis--1–6 credits
    4. Breadth (9 credits)
      Complete 9 additional psychology credits selected from the catalog or from electives approved by psychology faculty.
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

** STAT F200X may count for both CORE and major requirement.

Note: No course may count in more than one area (e.g. PSY F475W may NOT count toward both 3a and 3c).

Note: Students may not count more than 6 credits of any combination of PSY F497 and F498 toward the major.

Note: Students 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.

Note: Students should work closely with an advisor to ensure completion of 39 upper division credits for graduation.


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