Suggested Curriculum Plans for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

Suggested BA/BS curriculum plans for psychology majors are based on the current MSU 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 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 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations I 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 total 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 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 (if needed) 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II  3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis 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 unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder or University Studies elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations I or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
University Studies elective or PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 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 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations I 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 total 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 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 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations I 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
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder or University Studies elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision 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
University Studies elective or PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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, the Association of American Medical Colleges requires that every pre-med student must have taken one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of biology, and one year of physics. Individual medical schools may have additional course requirements for applicants. You will also need to take courses that prepare you for the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT has sections covering four competency areas: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. If you are planning to major in Psychology and attend med school after graduation, it is, therefore, 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 as you plan the sequence of 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 132/133)
  • 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; ENG 204)
  • 1 course in sociology is recommended (SOC 133 or SOC 231)
  • 1 course in psychology (PSY 180)

Suggested 4-year BS 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
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
Spring Year 1 17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or PSY elective 3
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis 4
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry or MAT 250 Calculus & Analytic Geometry 5
CHE 202 General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis 5
Fall Year 2 17 total hours
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
PSY elective or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
CHE 310  Organic Chemistry I/CHE 311 Organic Chemistry I Lab 5
BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms 3
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing 3
Spring Year 2 17 total hours
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
BIO 221 Zoology 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
PHY 131/132 General Physics I/General Physics I Lab 4
Fall Year 3 17 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY elective 3
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 231 Social Problems 3
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3
PHY 132/133 General Physics II/General Physics II Lab 4
Spring Year 3 14 total hours
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
BIO 300 Introductory Microbiology 4
BIO 323 Cell Biology: Systems 3
BIO 333 Genetics 4
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
CIV 201 World Civilizations I or CIV 202 World Civilizations II 3
University Studies Ethics/Social Responsibility/Civic Engagement 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
PSY elective 3
University Studies Global Awareness/Cultural Diversity/World's Artistic Traditions elective 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
COM 161 Public Speaking 3

Additional Information and Timeline for Psychology Majors Planning to Apply to Med School

Volunteering and Clinical Experiences

Volunteering in a health care setting is an excellent way to explore the option of a career in medicine. Previous volunteer experiences can increase your chances of acceptance to medical school, and volunteering experiences frequently come up as topics of discussion during medical school interviews. In addition to volunteering,  you might also consider "shadowing" a physician, where you student follow that physician and directly observe the doctor provide care for patients. You might also consider summer or part-time employment in jobs at medical facilities or related to health care.

Pre-health Professional Student Organization

Murray State University has a student organization to assist in preparing you for your application to medical school. This Pre-health Professional (PHP) group holds regular meetings during the academic year that include presentations from practicing physicians, current medical students, and medical school admissions officers. PHP  also provides opportunities for you to become involved in community service activities, clinical experiences, and internships. To find out more about PHP, including how to join, contact the organization's faculty advisor Dr. Ricky Cox.

Timeline for Preparing for and Applying to Medical School

In order to stay on track and complete the preparation necessary for admission to medical school as well as completion of your Psychology major, you need to plan wisely.  Most students take the MCAT at the end of their junior year and interview with medical schools during their senior year. Therefore, it's important to plan carefully. The Suggested Curriculum Plan listed above will guide you in the sequencing of your courses. The following timeline will guide you in preparing for the application process.

  • During your first semester, you should register with and join the Murray State University Pre-health Professionals Organization (PHP). Contact Dr. Ricky Cox for instructions on how to register. 
  • After your first semester, you should begin pursuing various extracurricular activities like volunteering and physician shadowing that demonstrate a commitment to medicine.
  • In the spring of your junior year,  apply to the Pre-health Professions Advisory Committee for a MSU letter of recommendation to accompany  your medical school application. This letter is an important part of the application process. Contact Dr. Ricky Cox for more information.
  • At the end of your junior year, take the MCAT. You'll then make primary application to medical schools using the automated American Medical College Application Service system (AMCAS).
  • Over the summer, AMCAS will review primary applications based on an evaluation of your academic records, MCAT scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, and your personal statement.  Applicants are selected for secondary applications to specific medical schools for which they are qualified.
  • In the fall of the senior (fourth) year, qualified applicants receive invitations to interview at specific medical schools.
  • In early spring, medical schools make their final decisions on acceptance.

UK College of Medicine Early Assurance Program

If you are interested in attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green campus), there is an Early Assurance Program available through a partnership between Murray State University and the University of Kentucky.  Click here to find out more.

Psychology Majors in the Honors College

Find out more about the Honors College here.

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Honors Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology  

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology 3
ENG 150 Honors Rhetoric, Composition, & Research 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course ( STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) 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 (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
HON elective  3
Foreign Language  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy 3
HON 261 Honors Seminar in Science or HON 262 Honors Seminar in Mathematics 3
Unrestricted elective or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
HON 201 Honors Seminar in World History I or HON 202 Honors Seminar in World History II 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted 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
HON elective 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
HON elective 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
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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
HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis or HON 440 Honors Professional Engagement Project or HON 444 Honors Researched Internship Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Honors 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
HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology 3
ENG 150 Honors Rhetoric, Composition, & Research 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) 3-5
Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
 University studies math course (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higheror BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy 3
HON elective  3
Foreign Language  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
HON 261 Honors Seminar in Science or HON 262 Honors Seminar in Mathematics 3
Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis 3
HON 201 Honors Seminar in World History I or HON 202 Honors Seminar in World History II 3
Foreign Language 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder  3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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
HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis or HON 440 Honors Professional Engagement Project or HON 444 Honors Researched Internship Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Unrestricted elective 3

Honors Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology

Course

 Credit Hours

Fall Year 1 14-16 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology 3
ENG 150 Honors Rhetoric, Composition, & Research 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) 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 (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
HON elective  3
Foreign Language
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
HON 201 Honors Seminar in World History I or HON 202 Honors Seminar in World History II 3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy I 3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY elective 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
HON 252 Honors Seminar in Literature & Philosophy II or HON 212 Honors Seminar in Ethics 3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
PSY elective or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 414 Learning & Memory  or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
HON elective 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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
HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis or HON 440 Honors Professional Engagement Project or HON 444 Honors Researched Internship Analysis 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
HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology 3
ENG 150 Honors Rhetoric, Composition, & Research 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts or university studies math course (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) 3-5
Foreign Language 3
Spring Year 1 15-17 total hours
PSY 260 Lifespan Development or Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) 3
University studies math course (STA 135 or MAT 140 or higher) or BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3-5
HON elective 3
Foreign Language  3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective  3
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
PSY 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
HON 201 Honors Seminar in World History I or HON 202 Honors Seminar in World History II 3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective 3
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
Unrestricted elective (PSY recommended) or PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis 3
HON 251 Honors Seminar in Literature and Philosophy I 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology  3
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement or PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
HON 252 Honors Seminar in Literature & Philosophy II or HON 212 Honors Seminar in Ethics 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis or  PSY 333 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
University Studies Math/Science/Language elective 3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Fall Year 4 15 total hours
PSY 414 Learning & Memory or PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 303 Social Psychology or PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder  3
HON elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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
HON 437 Senior Honors Thesis or HON 440 Honors Professional Engagement Project or HON 444 Honors Researched Internship Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 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 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), PSY 180 (General Psychology), and PSY 260 (Lifespan Development) at your previous institution. If available, you may also want to take the equivalent of PSY 307 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSY 300 (Psychological Statistics) as well as psychology electives. 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
PSY elective 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 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 300 Principles & Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research I 3
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior or PSY 332 Behavioral Assessment & Measurement 3
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder or Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
PSY 315 Principles & Methods of Psychological Research II 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology  or PSY 414 Learning & Memory 3
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis or PSY 333 Applied 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 or PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 333 Applied Behavior Analysis or PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Supervision in Behavior Analysis 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3
Course in chosen Minor 3