Major Requirements

Major: Psychology

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Psychology Major Requirements
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (Cannot be used to satisfy general education category B.)3
PSYC 189Skills for Academic Success 11
PSYC 350Research Methods I3
PSYC 351Research Methods II3
Psychology 400 Level Electives
Select two courses from each Group - A & B
Group A:6
Sensation & Perception
Memory And Knowledge
Attention & Thinking
Experimental Developmental Psychology
Group B:6
Organizational Psychology
Experimental Social Psychology
Health Psychology
The Psychology Of Aging
Advanced Psychopathology
Child Psychopathology and Therapy
Additional PSYC 400 Level Electives
May include PSYC 493 (Undergraduate Research) or PSYC 496 (Field Experience) courses taken for a grade.3
Other Required Courses
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
or ENGL 325 Writing in the Health Professions
or ENGL 459 Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher)3
or MATH 104 Finite Mathematics
Track Elective
Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree must select one of four tracks listed below in consultation with an adviser: 1) Natural Science track; 2) Social Sciences track; 3) Minor track; or 4) Accelerated (with approval) track.14-16
Total Credits51-53
Track: Natural Science
14 additional credits in math/science. Prefixes accepted include: BIOL, BIOC, BOT, CHEM, ENT, GEOL, MATH, MICR, PHYS, PLSC, STAT, OR ZOO. Courses selected for this track cannot count for general education.14
Track: Social Science
14 additional credits in social sciences (excluding PSYC prefix courses). Prefixes accepted include: ANTH, CJ, ECON, POLS, SOC or HDFS general education courses or courses that include an HDFS general education prerequisite. Courses selected for this track cannot count for general education.14
Other courses accepted include:
Human Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Web Design
Listening and Nonverbal Communication
Rhetorical Traditions
Contemporary Rhetoric
Critical Approaches to Popular Culture
Issues in Mass Communications
Issues in Communication
Health Communication II
Managerial Economics
Foundations of Management
Foundations of Organizational Behavior
Human Geography
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America
Track: Minor Program of Study
A minor in an approved area of study. Student must official declare the minor with the Office of Registration and Records.16+
Track: Accelerated (Master of Public Health Coursework)
PH 700Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness3
PH 704Public Health Management and Policy3
PH 706Essentials of Epidemiology3
PH 720Environmental Health2
PH 725Promoting Health through Policy, System and Environment3
Total Credits14

 PSYC 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take PSYC 189.

Program Notes

  • Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the Modern Foreign Language proficiency (3-14 credits).
  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • When a student selects psychology as a second major, the student will not have to complete the track elective. 
  • Students interested in the accelerated track must make application to the Graduate School and submit the Accelerated Declaration form  prior to enrollment in any 700 level classes.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Psychology

Required Credits: 18

Required Courses
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC ElectivesAt least one course must be a 300-400 level course15
Total Credits18

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Courses cannot be taken P/F.