Bachelor of Science in Psychology
As an alternative to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to offer students a more extensive scientific program that may better prepare them for graduate study or employment in research fields. Students interested in mathematics-based or physiology-based areas of psychology have the opportunity to develop more breadth and depth in the fields that complement their area of interest within psychology. To accomplish this goal, the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology puts more emphasis on natural sciences and less on language arts.
A student may not earn both the Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
A total of 120 semester hours is required. Thirty-six hours must be in upper-division courses. At least sixty hours, including eighteen hours of upper-division coursework, must be completed in residence at the University; at least twenty-four of the last thirty hours must be completed in residence at the University. Provided these residence rules are met, credit may be earned by examination, by extension, by correspondence (up to 30 percent of the hours required for the degree), or, with the approval of the dean, by work transferred from another institution. Up to sixteen semester hours of classroom and/or correspondence coursework may be taken on the pass/fail basis; this coursework may be counted only as electives.
Students in this degree program may pursue any of the honors programs available to Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, students. These programs are described in the section Liberal Arts Honors Programs, Plan I .
All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum . In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete courses with content in the following four areas:
- Writing: two flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent
- Quantitative reasoning: one flagged course
- Global cultures: one flagged course
- Cultural diversity in the United States: one flagged course
Courses with sufficient content in these areas will be identified in the Course Schedule by the appropriate flags. A course may carry more than one flag. The School of Undergraduate Studies monitors flagged courses to ensure that they meet the guidelines set by the General Faculty.
The specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology consist of prescribed work, the major, the minor, and electives. Only in the following cases may a single course be counted toward more than one requirement:
- A course that fulfills a core curriculum requirement may also be counted toward any specific requirement of the BSPsy unless otherwise stated below.
- Courses counted toward the prescribed work may also be counted toward the major.
- Up to three hours of coursework counted toward the prescribed work or toward the core curriculum may also be counted toward the minor.
- A course that fulfills another requirement may also be used to fulfill a flag requirement.
The student must fulfill the University's General Requirements for graduation and the requirements given in the sections Special Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Applicability of Certain Courses . University graduation requirements include a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at the University (including credit by examination, correspondence, and extension) for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded; for this degree, the student must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement.
More information about grades and the grade point average is given in the General Information Catalog .
- Writing and Literature: English 316L, 316M, 316N, or 316P, and two courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or the equivalent that carry a writing flag. One of these courses must be upper-division. Courses that carry a writing flag are identified in the Course Schedule
. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified.
- Foreign language/culture: Students must complete one of the following options:
- Second-semester-level proficiency, or the equivalent, in a foreign language.
- First-semester-level proficiency, or the equivalent, in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
- Two three-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the college’s Student Division and the Department of Psychology.
Courses taken to attain the required level of proficiency in a foreign language are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis.
- Social science: Three semester hours chosen from a list of approved courses, in addition to the course used to fulfill the social and behavioral sciences requirement of the core curriculum. Courses on the approved list are primarily in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, and sociology, but not every course in these fields is approved. Courses that are approved to count toward any core curriculum area other than social and behavioral sciences may not be counted toward this requirement.
The list is available each semester in the Student Division and on the College of Liberal Arts Web site.
- Mathematics and natural science: At least twenty-five semester hours of coursework as outlined below. Some of the courses that fulfill this requirement may also be counted toward the requirements of the core curriculum. No course may be counted toward both requirement 4c and 4d.
- Mathematics 408C or 408K or a more advanced calculus course
- Mathematics 316 or a more advanced mathematics course in probability
- Sixteen to eighteen hours, consisting of two of the following sequences:
- One of the following:
- Three additional hours in mathematics. Mathematics 301, 302, 303D, 303F, 316K, and 316L may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Three hours in biology, chemistry, computer science, or physics. Only the courses listed in requirement 4c above and more advanced courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Cultural expression, human experience, and thought: Three semester hours of approved coursework. The course must be in a field of study taught in the College of Liberal Arts. A course counted toward any requirement of the core curriculum may not also be counted toward this requirement.
A list of approved courses is available each semester in the Student Division and on the College of Liberal Arts Web site.
Twenty-eight semester hours of psychology, including Psychology 301 and 418, each with a grade of at least C, and at least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework. Of these twenty-eight hours, eighteen hours, including Psychology 418 and at least six hours of upper-division coursework, must be completed in residence at the University. Also included in these twenty-eight hours must be at least six hours in each of the following two categories. A list of the courses in each area is available at http://www.psy.utexas.edu/ and in the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Office.
- Clinical/social/developmental/evolutionary psychology
Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study other than psychology. Six of the twelve hours must be taken in residence.
Additional restrictions may be imposed by the academic department in which the student completes the minor; before planning to use courses to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should also consult the department or program that offers them.
In addition to the core curriculum, prescribed work, major, and minor, the student must complete enough elective coursework to provide the 120 semester hours required for the degree. These 120 hours may include no more than twelve hours of conference courses and internship courses combined as described in Conference Courses and Internship Courses ; twelve hours of Bible courses; nine hours of designated coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science; sixteen hours completed on the pass/fail basis; thirty-six hours in any one field of study in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences (including psychology); and thirty-six hours in any other single college or school of the University. Mathematics courses at the level of college algebra may not count toward elective hours.