Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120
University Degree Requirements
- Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework. Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
- Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
- A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
- At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
- Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution.
- Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
- Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
- At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits. Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.
University General Education Requirements
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing 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.
- A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.
|Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language. *||12|
|Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *||6|
Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.
|Psychology Major Requirements|
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology (Cannot be used to satisfy general education category B)||3|
|PSYC 189||Skills for Academic Success 1||1|
|PSYC 350||Research Methods I||3|
|PSYC 351||Research Methods II||3|
|Psychology 400 Level Electives:||9|
|Select one course from 3 of the following 4 groups (A-D)|
Group A: Social/Personality:
|Experimental Social Psychology|
Group B: Perception/Cognition:
|Sensation & Perception|
|Memory And Knowledge|
|Attention & Thinking|
Group C: Biological Bases of Behavior:
Group D: Individual Differences:
|Experimental Developmental Psychology|
|The Psychology Of Aging|
|Child Psychopathology and Therapy|
|Capstone Experience: Select PSYC 480 or PSYC 489 or have completed one course from each of the four Core groups (A-D):||3|
|History & Systems|
|PSYC 400 Level Elective||3|
|Other Required Courses|
|ENGL 324||Writing 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 103||College Algebra (or higher level)||3|
Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree must select one of the three tracks listed below in consultation with an adviser (14 credit minimum).
|Track: Natural Science||14|
|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.|
|Track: Social Science||14|
|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.|
|Other courses accepted include:|
|Introduction to Web Design|
|Listening and Nonverbal Communication|
|Critical Approaches to Popular Culture|
|Issues in Mass Communications|
|Issues in Communication|
|Health Communication II|
|Foundations of Management|
|Foundations of Organizational Behavior|
|World Regional Geography|
|Geography of North America|
|Track: Minor Program of Study||16+|
|A minor in an approved area of study.|
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.
- 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.
Required Credits: 18
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC Electives||At least one course must be a 300-400 level course||15|
Minor Requirements and Notes
- A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
- Courses cannot be taken P/F.