Advising Information for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

Advising sheets for psychology majors are based on the 2017-2018 Bulletin. For previous bulletins or for additional questions, be sure to consult with your academic advisor.

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Incoming Freshmen: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program

B.A. Course tally sheet (use this to keep track of your courses and grades)
4-year sample semester-by-semester schedule

Incoming Freshmen: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program

B.S. Course tally sheet (use this to keep track of your courses and grades)
4-year sample semester-by-semester schedule

Transfer Students (who have completed an Associate Degree)

Students who intend to transfer to the Murray State psychology major with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree should plan their associate’s degree program accordingly. As part of their Associate degree program, students who plan to pursue the BA or BS degree at Murray State should take at least the equivalent of BIO 101 (General Biology) + lab, PSY 180 (General Psychology), and PSY 260 (Lifespan Development) at their previous institution. Students may also take the equivalent of PSY 307 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSY 300 (Psychological Statistics) as well as psychology electives at their previous institution although credit hours taken below the 300-level will not count toward the 42 hours of upper division credit required for graduation from Murray State. Students who plan to pursue the BA in psychology at Murray State should also take courses in a single foreign language through the 202 level at their previous institution.

NOTE: Required Psychology (PSY) courses are the same for the B.A. and B.S. degree programs. 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)

PSY course tally sheet (use this to keep track of your courses and grades)
2-year sample semester-by-semester schedule
Relevant Murray State course equivalents from schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)

For 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.

  • 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)

4-year sample semester-by-semester schedule for psychology students planning to attend medical school