Psychology, B.S. (University College)

Program Code: PYSUC_BS

Program Description

The Psychology major will combine the knowledge, skills, and values of psychology with a liberal arts foundation. Students should:

  • develop a knowledge base consisting of concepts, theory, empirical findings, and trends within psychology;
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology;
  • use critical thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes;
  • apply psychological principles to personal and social issues;
  • and be able to understand the gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, and class issues in psychological theory, research, and practice.

Students should also develop information and computer competence, communication skills, and develop realistic ideas about how to implement their psychology education in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. The major may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree incorporates a broad exposure to the many facets of the field of psychology, in addition to the B.A. requirements. The B.S. degree provides the same exposure to the field of psychology and adds options in Science and Business to prepare students for more specific career directions. Students in both degree programs may also prepare for graduate school; research experience with faculty members is encouraged for such students.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of thought, behavior, and experience. Many people associate psychology with psychological therapy and the practice of clinical psychology. There are also many other important areas of scientific psychology, such as cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. What these subfields of psychology have in common is the use of the scientific method to understand human behavior and apply that understanding to the development of theory and practice. Psychologists are increasingly making use of neuroscience methods and theories to understand psychological phenomena. As a profession, psychology is related to fields such as health, education, marketing, human resources, social work, and more. The principles of psychology are relevant to almost all areas of human endeavor, and the career paths of psychology students reflect this wealth of possibilities.

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You are interested in people and in learning to use science to better understand them. As a major, you’ll have opportunities to do research with faculty and to work in career-relevant settings.

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Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 14-18
Requirements for the Major 65

0-4 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 0-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 301WBasic Research Methods in Psychology4
Additional Courses 1
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PSYCH 200Elementary Statistics in Psychology Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 18 credits of the following, with a minimum of 3 credits from each of the following six categories:18
Learning and Cognition
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Psychology of Learning Keystone/General Education Course
Animal Minds
Language and Thought
L1 Acquisition
Learning and Memory
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Language
Visual Cognition
PSYCH 459
Advanced Conditioning and Learning
Social and Personality Psychology
Introduction to Social Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Psychology of Gender Keystone/General Education Course
Cross-Cultural Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Personality Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Psychology and a Sustainable World
Advanced Social Psychology
Self and Social Judgment
Social Psychology of Interpersonal/Intergroup Relationships
Applied Social Psychology
Multicultural Psychology in America
Personality Theory
The Psychology of Gender
Biological Bases of Behavior
Introduction to Psychology of Perception Keystone/General Education Course
Neurological Bases of Human Behavior
Evolutionary Psychology
Health Psychology
Comparative Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Behavior Genetics
Psychology of Fear and Stress
Clinical Neuropsychology
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Developmental Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Child Development
Adolescence
Cognitive Development
Social and Personality Development
Topics in Developmental Psychology
Development Throughout Adulthood
Psychological Intervention in Childhood
Applied and Clinical Psychology
Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Psychology of the Differently-Abled
Principles of Measurement
Program Evaluation
Treatment and Education in Developmental Disabilities
Engineering Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships
Behavior Modification
Child Psychopathology
Mental Health Practicum with Children
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Selection and Assessment in Organizations
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Capstone Experience
History and Systems of Psychology
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Senior Thesis
Research Projects
Internship
Independent Studies
Select 12 credits of additional Psychology courses from any offered for a total of 30 credits of Psychology courses beyond PSYCH 100 and PSYCH 301W12
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option24

Requirements for the Option

Science Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, York

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits of the following:15
Introductory Biological Anthropology Keystone/General Education Course
Humans as Primates Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biobehavioral Health Keystone/General Education Course
Any BIOL course
Any CHEM course
Any MICRB course
Any PHYS course
Supporting Courses
Supporting Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in natural sciences/quantification from department list 6
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list3
Business Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, York

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits of the following:15
Any ACCTG course
Introduction to Business Keystone/General Education Course
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Any ECON course
Any FIN course
Any HPA course
Any IB course
Any MGMT course
Any MKTG course
Any SCM course except SCM 200
Supporting Courses
Supporting Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in natural sciences/quantification from department list 16
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list3

Program Learning Objectives

Beaver and Scranton Campuses

  • Foundational Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge of major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings.
  • Application: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply psychological concepts and theories to research and real-life situations.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking: Students will use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Scientific Literature: Students will demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of information in the scientific literature to distinguish the scientific literature from other sources.
  • Communication: Students will communicate effectively (in writing and/or orally) the results of a project or internship.
  • Research Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively extract central points and summarize psychological research literature and to write in the format of psychological research.
  • Research Methods: Students will differentiate among the research methods used in psychology and apply the designs in evaluation or development of a research study.
  • Analysis: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative psychological data using statistics, graphs, and data tables.
  • Culture Diversity: Students will show evidence of knowledge and appreciation for cultural diversity and relativity in human experience and for the complexity of human behavior and interactions.
  • Ethics: Students will demonstrate knowledge, and the application of, basic principles of scientific and professional ethics.
  • Professionalism: Students will demonstrate sensitivity to ethical concerns and professionalism (including cultural considerations)in settings where applications of psychology and/or psychological research occur.
  • Professional Options: Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional options and required training for careers in the major subfields of psychology.
  • Career Options: Students will demonstrate the ability to identify personally-relevant career options to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, and Hazleton Campuses

  • Career-Related Skills:
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional options and required training for careers in the major subfields of psychology demonstrate the ability to identify personally-relevant career options to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
  • Communication Skills:
    • Students will communicate effectively (in writing and/or orally) the results of a project or internship.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively extract central points and summarize psychological research literature and to write in the format of psychological research.
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply psychological concepts and theories to research and real life situations.
  • Diversity and Ethical Considerations:
    • Students will show evidence of knowledge and appreciation for cultural diversity and relativity in human experience and for the complexity of human behavior and interactions.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge, and the application of, basic principles of scientific and professional ethics.
    • Students will demonstrate sensitivity to ethical concerns and professionalism (including cultural considerations)in settings where applications of psychology and/or psychological research occur.
  • Research Skills:
    • Students will differentiate among the research methods used in psychology and apply the designs in evaluation or development of a research study.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative psychological data using statistics, graphs, and data tables.
  • Thinking Skills:
    • Students will use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
    • Students will demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of information in the scientific literature to distinguish the scientific literature from other sources.

Schuylkill Campus

  • Ability to prepare presentations in APA style:
    • Ability to prepare papers that review past research on behavioral topics
    • Ability to prepare research reports in APA style
    • Ability to prepare conference presentations
  • Understanding ethics and application in psychology:
    • Understanding of ethical guidelines for research and applied psychologists
    • Ability to apply psychological theories in community organizations
  • Understanding of basic behavioral research methods:
    • Understanding basic research methods for psychology and their limitations
    • Ability to design basic research projects to study predictors of behavior
    • Understanding basic statistics to analyze behavioral data
    • Ability to search Library databases for research on behavioral topics
  • Understanding of the variety of behavior problems and treatment options:
    • Understanding of DSM diagnostic terminology for behavior problems
    • Understanding of variety of treatment approaches for behavior problems
  • Understanding of the variety of theories to explain human behavior:
    • Understanding of variety of psychological theories to explain behavior
    • Understanding of the impact of diversity on human behavior

York Campus

  • Critical Thinking: Use critical thinking to solve problems & distinguish scientific from non-scientific.
  • Data Analysis and Problem Solving: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Effective Communication: Demonstrate competence in comprehending, reading, writing, and orally communicating research.
  • Ethical Awareness: Demonstrate knowledge and the application of professional ethics.
  • Knowledge/Application: Demonstrate knowledge and application of major concepts and theories.
  • Research Competence: Differentiate among the research methods.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Beaver

Kevin Bennett
Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3904
klb48@psu.edu

Brandywine

Joshua Marquit
Assistant Teaching Professor Psychology
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1409
jdm53@psu.edu

Fayette

Elaine Barry
Associate Professor
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4284
esb12@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Hazleton

Lisa Goguen
Associate Professor of Psychology
Memorial 103
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3023
lms42@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley

Kevin Kelley
Psychology Program Coordinator
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5062
kjk13@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Robin Yaure
Associate HDFS Professor and Program Coordinator of HDFS & Psychology
112 Weistling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6210
r2y@psu.edu

New Kensington

Rick Harnish
Professor, Psychology
Engineering 122 A
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6735
rjh27@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Cory Scherer
Interim Assistant Director of Academic Affairs/Psychology Program Coordinator
A201C 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6066
crs15@psu.edu

Scranton

Renae McNair
Assistant Teaching Professor
Dawson 203
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2715
trw115@psu.edu

York

Mark A. Casteel
Professor of Psychology
210 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
717-771-4028
mac13@psu.edu

Altoona

Brad Pinter
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
Smith Building C128A
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5507
tbp1@psu.edu

Berks

Erin Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Associate Teaching Professor
P.O. Box 7009, Tulpehocken Road
137 Franco Building
Reading PA 19610
610-396-6143
eem139@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Beaver Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Beaver Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 Level*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
ENGL 15 or 30H3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 13.5 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 Level*3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*4CAS 1003
Business Option Course*3Business Option Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 Level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 Level*3
ENGL 202A3PSYCH 200 or 400 Level*3
Business Option Course*3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 Level*3PSYCH 400 Level*3
PSYCH 400 Level*3PSYCH 400 Level Capstone*3-6
Business Option Course*3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Elective3 
 15 12-15
Total Credits 116-119

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Beaver Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 Level*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Natural Science Option*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
ENGL 15 or 30H3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 13.5 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 Level*3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*4CAS 1003
Natural Science Option*3Natural Science Option*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 Level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 Level*3
ENGL 202A3PSYCH 400 Level*3
General Education Course3Natural Science Option*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 Level*3PSYCH 400 Level*3
PSYCH 400 Level*3Elective3
Natural Science Option*3Elective3
General Education Course3PSYCH 400 Level*3-6
Elective3 
 15 12-15
Total Credits 116-119

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Brandywine Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Brandywine Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH Course 200-level*3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
General Education Course3General Edcuation Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200*‡14ENGL 202A3
PSYCH Course 200-level*3Business Option Course3
Business Option Course3Business Option Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 301W*‡4PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3
PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3Business Option Course3
Business Option Course3Business Option Course3
Business Option Course3Elective3
 Elective3
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH Capstone 400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
PSYCH Course 400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
General Education Course3Busines Option Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Brandywine Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH Course 200-level*3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Edcuation Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200*‡14ENGL 202A3
PSYCH Course 200-level*3Science Option Course3
Science Option Course3Science Option Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 301W*4PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3
PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
PSYCH Course 200/400-level*3Science Option Course3
Science Option Course3Science Option Course3
Science Option Course3Elective3
 Elective3
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH Capstone 400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
PSYCH Course 400-level*3PSYCH Course 400-level*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes

Students interested in completing this program with the intention of preparing for medical school are encouraged to complete the following General Education Natural Science and Science Option selections:  BIOL 110, BIOL 141/142, BIOL 230, CHEM 110/111, CHEM 112/113, CHEM 210, PHYS 250, PHYS 251, BMB 401, BMB 402.  These courses have specific prerequisites that must be completed prior to enrollment.  Students should consult with their adviser to discuss appropriate course sequencing.

Fayette Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Fayette Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100 (GS)†*3PSYCH 200-Level- Category Selection*23
ENGL 15 or 30H3General Education Course 3
PSU 81General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course 3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-Level- Category Selection*23PSYCH 301W*4
STAT 200 (GQ)4Business Option Selection*13
Business Option Selection*13Business Option Selection*13
General Education Course 3General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3General Education Course 3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A3PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23
PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23PSYCH 400-Level- Category Selection*23
PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23Business Option Selection *13
Business Option Selection *13Business Option Selection *13
Business Option Selection *13Elective3
 Elective3
 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400-Level- Capstone*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
General Education Course3Business Option Selection*13
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective 3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Fayette Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100†*3PSYCH 200-Level- Category Selection*23
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3Science Option Selection (CHEM 1)3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3Quantification (GQ)3
PSU 81Elective3
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-Level- Category Selection*23PSYCH 301W*4
STAT 200 (GQ)4Science Option Selection (BISC 4)3
Science Option Selection (BISC 3)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3General Education Course3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23PSYCH 400-Level- Category Selection*23
PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23PSYCH 200-Level or 400-Level- Category Selection*23
ENGL 202A3Science Option Selection (BBH 101)3
Science Option Selection (BBH 143)3Science Option Selection *13
Science Option Selection *13Elective3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYC 400-Level – Capstone (PSYC 490)*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*23
PSYCH 400-Level Course*23PSYCH 400-Level Course*23
General Education Course3Science Option Selection *13
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Greater Allegheny Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Greater Allegheny Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200-level Course*3
PSU 81General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200*‡†4ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
PSYCH 200-level Course*3PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course*3
Business Option Course*3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Supporting Course - GN or GQ*3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course*3PSYCH 200-level Course*3
Business Option Course*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
General Education Course3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Supporting Course - GS*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
PSYCH 400-level Course*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
Supporting Course - GN or GQ*3PSYCH 400-level Capstone Course*3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3-4Elective4
 15-16 16
Total Credits 124-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Students must take 30 credits in PSYCH beyond PSYCH 100 and PSYCH 301W and at least 15 credits at the 400-level with at least 3 credits in each of 6 categories: Learning and Cognition; Social and Personality Psychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Developmental Psychology; Applied and Clinical Psychology; Capstone Experience.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Greater Allegheny Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200-level Course*3
PSU 81General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200*‡†4ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
PSYCH 200-level Course*3PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course*3
Science Option Course*3Science Option Course*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Supporting Course - GN or GQ*3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course*3PSYCH 200-level Course*3
Science Option Course*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course*3
General Education Course3Supporting Course - GN or GQ*3
 Elective3
 15 19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Supporting Course - GS*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
PSYCH 400-level Course*3PSYCH 400-level Course*3
Supporting Course - GN or GQ*3PSYCH 400-level Capstone Course*3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3-4Elective4
 15-16 16
Total Credits 127-128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Students must take 30 credits in PSYCH beyond PSYCH 100 and PSYCH 301W and at least 15 credits at the 400-level with at least 3 credits in each of 6 categories: Learning and Cognition; Social and Personality Psychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Developmental Psychology; Applied and Clinical Psychology; Capstone Experience.

Hazleton Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Hazleton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 level course1 *3
ENGL 15 or 30H3Business Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General EducationCourse (GHW)1.5
PSU 81CAS 100A or 100B3
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 2004PSYCH 200 level course1*3
PSYCH 200 Level Course1 *3ENGL 202A or 202D (GWS)3
Business Option Course2 *3Business Option Course2 *3
Business Option Course2 *3General Education Course3
Elective3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 level course1 *3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200 or 400 level course1 *3PSYCH 400 level course1 *3
Business Option Course2 *3-4Business Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3Business Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3Elective3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 17.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3
PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3
General Education Course3Business Option Course2 *3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126-127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Hazleton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 level course1 *3
ENGL 15 or 30H3Science Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
PSU 81CAS 100A or 100B3
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 2004PSYCH 200 level course1*3
PSYCH 200 level course1*3ENGL 202A or 202C3
Science Option Course2 *3Science Option Course2 *3
Science Option Course2 *3General Education Course3
Elective3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 level course1 *3PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200 or 400 level course1 *3PSYCH 400 level course1 *3
Science Option Course2 *3-4Science Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3Science Option Course2 *3
General Education Course3Elective3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 17.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3
PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3PSYCH 400 level course1,3 *3
General Education Course3Science Option Course2 *3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126-127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Lehigh Valley Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Lehigh Valley Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*3
MATH 213Additional Business Option Course23-4
PSYCH 100*3General Education Course (US or IL)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 8 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3
 15 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3ENGL 202A or 202B3
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*‡†4
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13Supporting Option Course (GS)23
General Education Course3General Education Course (US or IL)3
Elective3General Education Course3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 301W*4PSYCH 495A*13
Additional Business Option Course23Additional Business Option Course23
Additional Business Option Course23Additional Business Option Course23
General Education Course3Supporting Option Course (GN or GQ)3
Elective or General Education Course3Supporting Option Course (GN or GQ)3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 495B*13PSYCH 490*13
PSYCH Additional Required Course*13PSYCH Elective*13
PSYCH Additional Required Course*13PSYCH Additional Required Course*13
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW) 1.5
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 125-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Lehigh Valley Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13
MATH 213Additional Science Option Course23-4
PSYCH 100*3General Education Course (US or IL)3
PSU 8 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3ENGL 202A or 202B3
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*‡†4
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13Supporting Course Option (GS)3
General Education Course3General Education Course (US or IL)3
Elective3General Education Course3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 301W*4PSYCH 495A*13
Additional Science Option Course23-4Additional Science Option Course23-4
Additional Science Option Course23-4Additional Science Option Course3-4
General Education Course3Supporting Option Course (GN or GQ)3
Elective or General Education Course3Supporting Option Course (GN or GQ)3
 16-18 15-17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 495B*13PSYCH 490*13
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13PSYCH Elective*3
PSYCH Additional Required Category Course*13PSYCH Additional Required Course*13
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW) 1.5
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 125-130

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Mont Alto Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Mont Alto Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100 (GS)*3PSYCH 200-level Course * 13
ENGL 15 or 30H*‡ 3CAS 100*‡ 3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-level Course * 13PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course * 13
STAT 200 (GQ)4Business option course (GN/GQ Supporting Course)23
Business Option Course23Business Option Course23
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course* 13ENGL 202A*‡ 3
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course* 13PSYCH 400-level Course* 13
PSYCH 301W*14Business Option Course23
Business Option Course (GN/GQ Supporting Course)23Business Option Course23
Business Option Course23Elective3
 Elective3
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400-level Course* 1 3PSYCH 400-level Capstone* 1, 33
PSYCH 400-level Course* 13PSYCH 400-level Course* 13
General Education Course3Business Option (GS Supporting Course)23
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Mont Alto Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100 (GS)*3PSYCH 200-level Course* 13
General Education Course3CAS 100*‡ 3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General education Course3General Education Course3
ENGL 15 or 30H*‡ 3General Education Course3
PSU 81 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-level Course* 13PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course* 13
STAT 200 (GQ)4ENGL 202A*‡ 3
Science Option Course1,23Science Option Course23
General Education Course3Science Option Course23
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course* 13PSYCH 400-level Course* 1,33
PSYCH 200- or 400-level Course* 13Science Option Course (GN or GQ supporting)23
PSYCH 301W*4General Education Course3
Science Option (GN or GQ supporting)23Elective3
Science Option Course23Elective3
 Science Option Course23
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400-level Course* 1,33PSYCH 400-level Capstone* 1,33
PSYCH 400-level Course* 1,33PSYCH 400-level Course* 1,33
General education Course3Science Option Course (GS supporting)23
Elective 3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

New Kensington Campus

Psychology, B.S. at New Kensington Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 105*3
ENGL 15 or 30H3PSYCH 200 - Level *3
General Education Course3Business/Science Option*3
General Education Course3CAS 1003
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 13.5 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 - Level*3PSYCH 301W*4
STAT 2004PSYCH 200 - Level*3
Business/Science Option*3BS Option Course (Natural Science or Quantification)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course
 16 13
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 - Level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 - Level*3
PSYCH 200 or 400 - Level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 - Level*3
ENGL 202A3PSYCH 200 or 400 - Level*3
General Education Course3Business/Science Option*3
General Education CourseGeneral Education Course
General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 13.5 12
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 - Level*3PSYCH 400 - Level*3
Business/Science Option*3PSYCH 400 - Level Capstone*3-6
BS Option (Natural Science or Quantification)*3-4Business/Science Option*3
BS Option (Social Science)3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 15-18
Total Credits 113-117

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Schuylkill Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Schuylkill Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 level course*3
ENGL 15 or 30H3Business Option Course*3
PSU 82General Education Course3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3CAS 1003
Health and Wellness Course (GHW)3 
 17 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 level course*3PSYCH 301W*4
Business Option Course*3ENGL 202 (A, B, C, or D): Effective Writing (GWS)3
Business Option Course*3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
STAT 200 or PSYCH 200* † ‡ 4General Education Course3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 level*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
PSYCH 200 or 400 level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 level*3
Business Option Course*3-4Business Option Course*3
Elective3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 level capstone course*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
PSYCH 400 level course*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
General Education Course3Business Option Course*3
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 124-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked Courses)

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.  For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains. Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Schuylkill Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH 200 level course*3
ENGL 153Science Option Course*3
PSU 82Science Option Course*3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
General Education Course3CAS 1003
Health and Wellness Course (GHW)3 
 17 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 level course*3PSYCH 301W*4
Science Option Course*3ENGL 202 (A, B, C, or D): Effective Writing (GWS)3
General Education Course3Science Option Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
STAT 200 or PSYCH 200* † ‡ 4General Education Course3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200 or 400 level*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
PSYCH 200 or 400 level*3PSYCH 200 or 400 level course*3
Science Option Course*3-4Science Option Course*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course*3
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400 level capstone course*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
PSYCH 400 level course*3PSYCH 400 level course*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course*3
General Education Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 124-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked Courses)

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both. For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains.  Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Scranton Campus

Business Option: Psychology, B.S. at Scranton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3PSYCH 200-Level Course*3
PSYCH 100* 3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200*†4PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200-Level Course*3PSYCH 200-Level Course or PYSCH 400 Level Course*3
Business Option Course3Business Option Course3
Business Option Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)3General Education Course3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-Level or PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
PSYCH 200-Level or PSYCH 400-Level Course*3ENGL 202A3
Business Option Course3Business Option Course3
Business Option Course3Business Option Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 Elective3
 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Capstone*3
PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
General Education Course3Business Option Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Psychology, B.S. at Scranton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3PSYCH 200-Level Course*3
PSYCH 100* 3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200*†4PSYCH 301W*4
PSYCH 200-Level Course*3PSYCH 200-Level Course or PYSCH 400 Level Course*3
Science Option Course3Science Option Course3
Science Option Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)3General Education Course3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 200-Level or PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
PSYCH 200-Level or PSYCH 400-Level Course*3ENGL 202A3
Science Option Course3Science Option Course3
Science Option Course3Science Option Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 Elective3
 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Capstone*3
PSYCH 400-Level Course*3PSYCH 400-Level Course*3
General Education Course3Science Option Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

York Campus

Psychology, B.S. at York Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 100*3PSYCH (200 level course)*13
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
Business Science option selection*23Business (Science option selection)*23
General Education course (GHW)1.5Elective3
General Education course6General Education course3
 16.5 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH (200 level course)*13PSYCH (200 level course)*13
PSYCH 200 or STAT 200 (PSYCH 200 Strongly Recommended)*4PSYCH 301W4
Business (Science option selection)*23ENGL 202A3
General Education course6BS Option 3
 General Education course6
 16 19
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH (200 or 400 level course)*16PSYCH (200 or 400 level course)*19
General Education course (GHW)1.5General Education course3
General Education course6Business/Science option selection*23
 13.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH (400 level capstone course)*1,33-6PSYCH (400 level course)*1,33
PSYCH (400 level, if capstone is 3 cr)*3Business/Science option selection*23
Business/Science option selection*23BS Option*3
BS Option 3Elective6
Elective3 
 15-18 15
Total Credits 125-128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Graduates of our program enter the workforce or pursue additional education in a variety of programs, including both Master’s and PhD programs in experimental, counseling, school, and clinical psychology.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Beaver

100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3904
klb48@psu.edu

http://beaver.psu.edu/psychology

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1409
jdm53@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/psychology

Fayette

2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4284
esb12@psu.edu

http://fayette.psu.edu/psychology

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/psychology-ba-or-bs

Hazleton

Memorial 103
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3023
lms42@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/psychology-degrees

Lehigh Valley

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5062
kjk13@psu.edu

https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/academics/degrees/psychology

Mont Alto

112 Wiestling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6210
r2y@psu.edu

https://montalto.psu.edu/academics/bachelors/psychology-degree

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6735
rjh27@psu.edu

https://newkensington.psu.edu/ba-degree-information

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
A201C 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6066
crs15@psu.edu

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/psychology

Scranton

113 Dawson Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2715
trw115@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/psychology

York

210 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
717-771-4028
mac13@psu.edu

https://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/psychology

Altoona

DIVISION OF EDUCATION, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Elm Building 103
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
818-949-5756
alg177@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/psychology/request-information

Berks

P.O. Box 7009, Tulpehocken Road
137 Franco Building
Reading PA 19610
610-396-6143
eem139@psu.edu

https://berks.psu.edu/academics/babs-psychology