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Understanding the Mind

Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Contrary to popular opinion, psychology is a science. Psychology employs rigorous studies in an effort to promote mental health and general human welfare. The study of psychology addresses important concepts such as cognition, social relationships, personality dimensions, psychopathology, and child development.

Psychology for non-majors: Psychology Minor

Psychology, BS Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the following courses in their academic program:

  • 8 semester hours of Laboratory Science
  • 3 semester hours of Mathematics MA 113 (or higher)
  • 6 semester hours of Science and/or Mathematics
  • 3 semester hours of additional mathematics above MA 113 or computer applications/programming course

A total of 20 hours is required, and students may not double count credit hours in the above categories.

Major Courses

(minimum grade of C)

PSY 101 - General Psychology
PSY 110 - Orientation to the Psychology Major
PSY 201 - Introduction to APA Style
PSY 206 - Human Growth and Development
PSY 290 - Introduction to Research (Also listed as FSC 290 )
PSY 304 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY 315 - Cognitive Psychology
PSY 320 - Physiological Psychology
PSY 370 - Social Psychology
PSY 454 - Applied Statistics
PSY 455 - Research in Human Behavioral Sciences

Developmental Psychology

(Select One; 3 Semester Hours; minimum grade of C)

PSY 302 - Child Psychology
PSY 325 - Adult Development
PSY 328 - Adolescent Development
FSC 250 - Introduction to Aging
Or a developmental psychology course targeting a particular age group and offered at the 200-level or above.

Biological Bases of Behavior

(Select One: 3 Semester Hours; minimum grade of C)

PSY 406 - Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 440 - Sensation and Perception
Or a biological psychology course offered at the 200-level or above.

Major Electives

(Select Three; 9 Semester Hours; minimum grade of C)

NOTE: At least 6 of these hours must be at the 300-level or above. No more than 3 hours may come from PSY 449 - Practicum in Psychology. FSC 330 - Human Sexuality is an approved option for this category. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to choose electives that will best prepare them for their post-baccalaureate plans.

Additional Required Course

(3 Semester Hours; minimum grade of D)

MA 123 - Statistics

Total Hours Required for a BS in Psychology: 120 Semester Hours