Suggested Curriculum Plans for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

Suggested BA/BS curriculum plans for psychology majors are based on the 2018-2019 Bulletin. For previous bulletins or for additional questions, be sure to consult with an academic advisor in the Department of Psychology.

Suggested 4-year Curriculum Plans

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology  

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (MAT or STA) 3-5
Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or PSY elective 3
PSY elective 3
University studies math course (MAT or STA) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking  3
Foreign Language  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
University Studies elective or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations 1 or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY elective 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 3 15 toal hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 4 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis  Track

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (MAT or STA) 3-5
Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or PSY elective 3
PSY elective 3
University studies math course (MAT or STA) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking  3
Foreign Language  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
University Studies elective or Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective or Foreign Language 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations 1 or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 toal hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 4 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (MAT or STA) 3-5
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or PSY elective 3
PSY elective 3
University studies math course (MAT or STA) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking  3
University Studies elective
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
University Studies elective 3
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations 1 or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY elective 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 3 15 toal hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 4 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis Track

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (MAT or STA) 3-5
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
University studies math course (MAT or STA) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3-5
University Studies elective  3
University Studies elective  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations 1 or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
University Studies elective 3
Spring Year 3 15 toal hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Spring Year 4 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Psychology Majors Planning to Attend Medical School

Psychology is the second most frequent major (after Biology) of students attending med school, and national statistics show that medical school admission rates for psychology majors is equivalent to that of biology and chemistry majors. Regardless of the undergraduate major, there are core courses that most medical schools require applicants to have taken. If you are planning to major in Psychology and attend med school after graduation, it is advisable to minor in either Biology or Chemistry. In addition to your Psychology academic advisor, you should also consult with the pre-med advisor in either Biology or Chemistry to help you plan and sequence your pre-med courses. Listed below are the courses (with their suggested Murray State equivalents in parentheses) that most medical schools require as well as a suggested 4-year curriculum plan incorporating the requirements for the Psychology major and pre-med courses.

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General Pre-Med Requirements

  • 2 semesters of biology with laboratory - up to 4 semesters at some schools; a course in genetics is highly recommended (BIO 221; BIO 333)
  • 2 semesters of inorganic chemistry with laboratory (CHE 201; CHE 202)
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory (CHE 312; CHE 320)
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (CHE 330 or CHE 530)
  • 2 semesters of physics with laboratory (PHY 130/131; PHY 132/135)
  • 1-2 semesters of math (MAT 140/145; MAT 150; MAT 250)
  • I semester of statistics is recommended (PSY 300)
  • 2 semesters of English and/or writing (ENG 105; PSY 205)
  • 1 course in sociology is recommended (SOC 133 or SOC 231)
  • 1 course in psychology (PSY 180)

Suggested 4-year Curriculum Plan for Pre-Med Psychology Majors with Biology or Chemistry Minor

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 4
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry or MAT 250 Calculus & Analytic Geometry 5
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY elective 3
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis 4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
CHE 202 General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis 5
PHY 130/131 General Physics I/ Physics I Lab  4
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
BIO 221 Zoology 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I 5
PHY 132/133 General Physics II/Physics II Lab 4
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY elective 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations 1 or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Spring Year 3 13-14 toal hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
BIO 300 Introductory Microbiology 4
BIO elective (BIO 421 Vertebrate Histology or BIO 528 Neurobiology recommended) 3-4
Fall Year 4 15-17 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry I 3
BIO 333 Genetics 4
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 231 Social Problems 3
Unrestricted elective (BIO 332 Animal Physiology or STA 135 Introduction to Probability & Statistics recommended) 2-4
Spring Year 4 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
PSY elective 3
University Studies Global Awareness/Cultural Diversity/World's Artistic Traditions elective 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Transfer Students who have Completed an Associate Degree

If you intend to transfer to the Murray State psychology major with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree then you should try to plan your their associate’s degree program accordingly. As part of your Associate degree program, if you are planning to pursue the BA or BS degree in Psychology (including the Applied Behavior Analysis Track) at Murray State then you should take at least the equivalent of BIO 101 (General Biology) + lab, PSY 180 (General Psychology), and PSY 260 (Lifespan Development) at your previous institution. You may also take the equivalent of PSY 307 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSY 300 (Psychological Statistics) as well as psychology electives at your previous institution although credit hours taken below the 300-level will not count toward the 42 hours of upper division credit required by Murray State. If you plan to pursue the BA in psychology at Murray State (rather than the BS), then you should also take courses in a single foreign language through the 202 level at your previous institution.

NOTE: Required Psychology (PSY) courses are the same for the BA and BS degree programs including the Applied Behavior Analysis track. Only the university studies course requirements differ; refer to the current Murray State Bulletin for information on required BA and BS university studies course requirements.

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Transfer Students: Suggested 2-year Curriculum Plan for BA/BS in Psychology

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
Course in chose Minor 3
Course in chose Minor 3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology  3
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  3
PSY elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
PSY elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Transfer Students: Suggested 2-year Curriculum Plan for BA/BS in Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis Track

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours

PSY Capstone
chosen from: 
PSY 402 Senior Seminar
PSY 403 History & Systems of  Psychology
PSY 408 Applied Research Design & Analysis
PSY 460 Directed Individual Study II
PSY 487 Internship
PSY 499 Senior Thesis

3
PSY 334/335 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder/Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3