Major in Psychology

The department offers three majors in psychology.

Psychology (B.S.)

For students who are primarily interested in a liberal arts education or in a background for other professions, the core program will, in most cases, be sufficient for a major in psychology. Electives in psychology and additional courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and preprofessional curricula should be chosen to correspond with interests and career goals. The undergraduate major in psychology is a 38-hour program, consisting of 24 hours of required coursework and 12 hours of electives.  A minimum grade of C- is required for all core required coursework.  Effective academic year 2013 - 2014, a minimum of 9 upper division hours from the core set of required courses and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be take at MTSU.

Course No. and Title
Credit Hours
Core Required Courses
24 hours
1410 General Psychology
3
2000 Seminar on Careers in Psychology
1
2210 Psychology of Social Behavior
3
2300 Developmental Psychology
3
3020 Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science
3
3070 Research Methods
3071 Research Methods Lab

3
1

3230 Abnormal Psychology
or
3590 Personality
3
4030 Psychology of Sensation and Perception
or
4240 Behavioral Neuroscience
3
4040 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
or
4480 Learning Theories
3
Elective hours in psychology (at least 9 hours must be upper division hours)
12 hours
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
38 hours

Note that two 15-hour minors are required for this major. Although not required, students may choose a specialty minor in psychology as one of their two minors. At least 1 of the 2 minors, however, must be non-psychology.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (B.S.)

This major is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in personnel departments of business and industries and provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in Psychology, I/O Psychology, or related fields. Effective academic year 2013 - 2014, a minimum of 9 upper division hours from the core set of required courses and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be take at MTSU.  A minimum of C- is required for all required coursework in the major.  The undergraduate major in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is a 46 - hour major, consisting of the following set of courses.

Psychology Foundation Courses
Required Courses (22 hours)

Course No. and Title
Credit Hours
1410 General Psychology
3
2210 Psychology of Social Behavior
3
3020 Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3
3070 Research Methods
3071 Research Methods Lab
3
1
4260 Introduction to Psychological Testing
3
3230 Abnormal Psychology
or
3590 Personality Psychology
3
4040 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
or
4480 Learning Theories
3


I/O Psychology Courses
Required Courses (18 hours)

Course No. and Title
Credit Hours
3320 Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
3
4270 Personnel Selection and Placement
3
4290 Wage and Salary Administration
3
4330 Industrial/Organizational Training and Development
3
4360 Organizational Psychology
3
4370 Motivation and Work Attitudes
3

Electives (6 hours; Choose 2 courses from the following list)

Course No. and Title
Credit Hours
4070 Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

4340 Human Factors Psychology
3
4380 Group Dynamics
3
4390 Persuasion
3
4610 Adult Psychology and Aging

3

4720 Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education
3
4730 Apprenticeship: Industrial
3

Note that one minor is required and must be approved by the major advisor. Students should see the Major advisor regarding course sequencing.  It is very important that the students consult their I/O major advisor because some courses are only offered once a year.


PreGraduate Psychology

For students who are interested in pursuing a graduate education in psychology, and in particular the Ph.D. in psychology, the department offers the 41 - hours PreGraduate concentration.  Students must formally apply for this program in order to pursue this major. Because G.P.A. is an important consideration for admission to a graduate program, students who apply to the PreGraduate Psychology concentration should be competitive applicants for either Ph.D. or selective master's programs and have a minimum of a 3.25 overall G.P.A., a 3.50 for the last 30 hours, and 3.50 major G.P.A. A subcommittee of Psychology faculty will screen students applying for this major. It is recommended that students apply between the completion of 45 and 60 credit hours. Students may not self-select this concentration on the university admissions forms or on change of major forms. Effective academic year 2013 - 2014, a minimum of 9 upper division hours from the core set of required courses and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be take at MTSU.  A minimum grade of C- is required for all core required courses in this program, with the exception of PSY3020, PSY3070/1, and PSY4070, for which a grade of B- or better is required.  Students who are interested in finding out more about this major should consult with the major advisor early in their course of study.

Course No. and Title
Credit Hours

Core Required Courses

 32 hours
1410 General Psychology
3
2000 Seminar on Careers in Psychology
1
2210 Psychology of Social Behavior
3
2300 Developmental Psychology
3
3020 Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science
3
3070 Research Methods
3071 Research Methods Lab
3
1
3230 Abnormal Psychology
or
3590 Personality
3
4030 Psychology of Sensation and Perception
or
4240 Behavioral Neuroscience
3
4040 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
or
4480 Learning Theories
3
4070 Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences1
3
4080 Advanced Research Methods2
(UH4950-Honors Independent Research or PSY3990-Research in Psychology may be substituted with prior approval from the major advisor)
3
Elective hours in psychology (at least 9 hours must be upper division hours)
9
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
41

1 This course is only offered during the Fall semester and must be taken prior to PSY4080. PSY3020 and 3070/3071 are prerequisites for enrollment.

2 This course is only offered during the Spring semester. PSY4070 is a prerequisite for enrollment.

Note that one 15-hour nonpsychology minor is required.