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Recommended Academic Plan

Psychology, B.S. (PSCBS)

Science Option

First Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 1Credits
PSYCH 1003
ENGL 15 or 30H Writing/Speaking (GWS) 3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Arts (GA)3
Elective3
Total semester credits15
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 2Credits
PSYCH 200-level3
CAS 100 Writing/Speaking (GWS)3
Quantification (GQ)3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Science option selection**3
Total semester credits15
Second Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 3Credits
PSYCH 200-level*3
STAT 200 (GQ)4
Humanities (GH)3
Science option selection3
BS option (social science)3
Total semester credits16
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 4Credits
PSYCH 200-level3
PSYCH 301W4
Arts (GA)3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
BS option (nat sci/quant)3
Total semester credits16
Third Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 5Credits
PSYCH 200 or 400-level***3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
Humanities (GH)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
ENGL 202A Writing/Speaking (GWS)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total semester credits16.5
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 6Credits
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Science option selection3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total semester credits16.5
Fourth Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 7Credits
Science option selection3
BS option (nat sci/quant)3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Total semester credits15
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 8Credits
PSYCH Capstone****3 - 6
(PSYCH 400-level if capstone is 3 credits)3
Science option selection3
Elective3
Elective3
Total semester credits15

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or better

Bold italics indicates courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements

* Beyond PSYCH 100 and 301W, a total of 30 credits of PSYCH courses are required with at least half at the 400-level.

** See advisor or psychology handbook for list of option courses

*** Please check prerequisites before registering for courses. This includes the requirement of 60 credits before taking 400- level courses.

**** Consult with your advisor about Capstone options (see also section D3 of the handbook)


Business Option

First Year
Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 1Credits
PSYCH 1003
ENGL 15 or 30H Writing/Speaking (GWS)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Arts (GA)3
Elective3
Total semester credits15
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 2Credits
PSYCH 200-level3
CAS 100 Writing/Speaking (GWS)3
Quantification (GQ)3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Business option selection**3
Total semester credits15
Second Year
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 3Credits
PSYCH 200-level*3
STAT 200 (GQ)4
Humanities (GH)3
Business option selection3
BS option (social science)3
Total semester credits16
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 4Credits
PSYCH 200-level3
PSYCH 301W4
Arts (GA)3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
BS option (nat sci/quant)3
Total semester credits16
Third Year
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 5Credits
PSYCH 200 or 400-level***3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
Humanities (GH)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
ENGL 202A Writing/Speaking (GWS)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total semester credits16.5
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 6Credits
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
PSYCH 200 or 400-level3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Business option selection3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total semester credits16.5
Fourth Year
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 7Credits
Business option selection3
BS option (nat sci/quant)3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Total semester credits15
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for the B.S. in Psychology
Semester 8Credits
PSYCH Capstone****3 - 6
(PSYCH 400-level if capstone is 3 credits)3
Business option selection3
Elective3
Elective3
Total semester credits15
Overall total credits124-127

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or better

Bold italics indicates courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements

* Beyond PSYCH 100 and 301W, a total of 30 credits of PSYCH courses are required with at least half at the 400-level.

** See advisor or psychology handbook for list of option courses

*** Please check prerequisites before registering for courses. This includes the requirement of 60 credits before taking 400- level courses.

**** Consult with your advisor about Capstone options (see also section D3 of this handbook)


For more information:

Brad Pinter

Dr. Brad Pinter

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Office: C128A Smith Building
Phone: 814-949-5507
Email: @psu.edu
Twitter: @AltoonaPsych

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