Psychology, BS

Dear PSYC Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term.  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

A major in psychology is not only an exciting and popular undergraduate major or minor at Valdosta State University and around the country, but it is also one of the most useful. Undergraduate psychology training assists in preparing students for a number of career alternatives in government, business, industry, etc., that do not require more advanced training. It also assists in preparing students for professional or graduate school in psychology, law, physical or occupational therapy, social work, business, education, and other areas.

All Psychology majors complete the core curriculum, Areas A-F, with area F being specific to Psychology. Upon acceptance into the program, students then follow a schedule of their major classes during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, they receive a BS in Psychology.

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101: Composition I 3
MATH 1111: College Algebra 3
PSYC 1101: General Psychology 3
PHIL 2010: Fundamentals of Philosophy OR PHIL 2020: Principles of Logic and Argumentation 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102: Composition II 3
Science (w/lab from Area D) 4
POLS 1101: American Government 3
ACED 2400: Computer Technology for the Workplace (this course can be exempted, see advisor) 3
PERS 2XXX: Perspectives (multiple course offerings) 2
Total hours 15

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & History requirement. Complete Regents’ requirement. Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining Sophomore status. Science (w/lab from Area D)

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 2998: Entry into the Psychology Major 0
ENGL 2111: World Literature, ENGL 2112: World Literature II, OR ENGL 2113: World Literature III 3
Area D Science with Lab 4
Area F Math/Science 3
PERS 2XXX: Perspectives (multiple course offerings) 2
General Elective 3
Total hours 15

Spring Hrs.
PSYC 3500: Statistical Methods in Psychology 3
Area F Math/Science 3
HIST 2111: United States History to 1865 OR HIST 2112: United States History since 1865 3
PSYC 3110: Educational Psychology, PSYC 3300: Introduction to Behavior Modification, PSYC 3700: Rehabilitation Psychology, PSYC 3710: Social Psychology, PSYC 3800: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, OR PSYC 3850: Psychology and Law 3
Area E Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining Junior status. Get admitted to the Psychology Program.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 3600: Experimental Psychology 3
Area F Math/Science 3
PSYC 3200: Child Psychology, 3210: Adolescent and Young Adult Psychology, or 3220: Adult Psychology and Gerontology 3
Area E Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
PSYC 3900: Tests and Measurements 3
Area D Math/Science 3
PSYC 3110: Educational PsychologyPSYC 3300: Introduction to Behavior Modification, PSYC 3700: Rehabilitation PsychologyPSYC 3710: Social PsychologyPSYC 3800: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, OR PSYC 3850: Psychology and Law 3
Area C Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining Senior status. Apply for graduation. Note: For students interested in the senior thesis option, please contact your academic advisor. The senior thesis is a multi-semester course during which the student will develop, conduct, and write-up a novel psychological study. This option requires a "B" or better in PSYC 3500 and PSYC 3600.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 4100: Physiological Psychology or PSYC 4150: Sensation and Perception 3
PSYC 4000: Cognitive Psychology or PSYC 4025: Human Memory or PSYC 4050: Psychology of Learning 3
PSYC 3000 level elective 3
PSYC 3400: Abnormal Psychology or PSYC 3450: Theories of Personality 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
PSYC 4900: History of Psychology or PSYC 4950: Senior Seminar 3
PSYC 4000 level elective 3
PSYC 4000 level elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 120 collegiate credits.