Psychology Major

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree (BA)
We offer the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) degree to students interested in studying human behavior in preparation for either employment after completion of the undergraduate psychology degree, or in preparation for applied psychology and other related graduate programs (e.g., counseling, social work, management).

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree (BS)
We offer the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS) degree to students interested in a more science-oriented curriculum to better prepare them for further study in science-oriented psychology graduate programs (e.g., neuroscience, quantitative psychology), or medical school (e.g., Doctor of Medicine/MD, psychiatry), or other health-related graduate programs (e.g., pharmacy, physical therapy). The required science track is not noted on the BS diploma or transcripts, but students can indicate the science track on resumes and/or graduate school application forms.

The BA and BS psychology degree requirements are similar in that both require 30 hours in psychology and the following coursework.

  • Psych 1000
  • A required statistics course (Stat 1200 for BA, or Stat 2500 or its equivalent for BS)
  • A research methods sequence (Psych 3010/3020/Capstone)
  • Four psychology distribution courses
  • Two elective psychology courses

There are four main differences between the Psychology BA and the Psychology BS degree:

1.  The Math Requirement:

  • Psychology BA majors enrolling at MU prior to Fall Semester 2019 are required to complete either Math 1050 (Quantitative Reasoning) or Math 1100 (College Algebra). 
  • ​Psychology BA majors enrolling at MU in the Fall Semester 2019 or later are required to complete the Math Pathways requirement with one of the following courses:  Math 1050 (Quantitative Reasoning), Math 1100 (College Algebra) or Statistics 1200 (Introductory Statistical Reasoning).
  • ​Psychology BS majors are required to complete Math 1100 (College Algebra). 

2.  The Statistics Requirement:

  • Psychology BA majors are required to complete Statistics 1200 (Introductory Statistical Reasoning).
  • Psychology BS majors are required to complete Statistics 2500 (Introduction to Probability & Statistics I) or its equivalent.  The Psychology BS statistics requirement can also be met with completion of both Stat 1200 (Introductory Statistical Reasoning) and Stat 2200 (Introductory Statistical Methods). 

3.  The Foreign Language Requirement:

  • Psychology BA majors are required to complete a 12- to 13-credit hour single foreign language sequence.  Students that completed 4 full units of a single foreign language sequence in high school are exempt from the foreign language requirement.
  • Psychology BS majors are required to either complete a 12- to 13-credit hour single foreign language sequence, or they may choose to complete a Foreign Language Alternative. The Foreign Language Alternative requires any combination of 12 credits of 2000-level or above coursework from the following departments:  Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, South Asian Studies and Spanish.
  • Note Well:  Only the Psychology BS allows for the Foreign Language Alternative.  We do not accept the Foreign Language Alternative for the Psychology BA.  Psychology BS majors that decide to switch to the Psychology BA will be required to complete a single 12-13 hour single foreign language sequence. 

4.  Required Science track for Psych BS:

  • The Psychology BS requires an approved 12- to 13-hour science track of coursework in one of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics. The Psychology BA does not include a required science track.