Undergraduate Degree Programs

The department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree. The required psychology courses are the same for the B.A. and the B.S. degree programs. The difference lies in the university studies course components, with one primary difference being that the B.A. requires foreign language courses and the B.S. requires an additional science or math course. Refer to the current Murray State Bulletin for the specific differences in university studies requirements.

Students pursuing the psychology major may choose between a general psychology track or an applied behavior analysis track. Both tracks require the same set of core courses that cover research skills and the classic areas of psychology. Students in both tracks also have opportunities to apply what they have learned to real-world settings via an internship and to earn credit while working individually on research with faculty members. Many of our undergraduates have appeared as authors and co-authors with faculty members on published articles and have presented their findings at scientific meetings across the country.

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Psychology

CIP 42.2799

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 credit hours

The requirements listed below are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the University Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

Course Credit Hours
University Studies Requirements 38-43 total hours
Must include BIO 101 General Biology or BIO 221 Zoology 4
Required Courses 31 total hours
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 260 Lifespan Development3 3
PSY 300 Principles and Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles and Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 414 Psychology of Learning and Memory 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3

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

3
Required Limited PSY electives (approved by advisor) 9 hrs
Required Minor 21-24 hrs
Unrestricted Electives 13-21 hrs

Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis Track

CIP 42.2799

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 credit hours

The requirements listed below are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the University Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

Course Credit Hours
University Studies Requirements 38-43 total hrs
Must include BIO 101 General Biology or BIO 221 Zoology 4
Required Courses 31 total hrs
PSY 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences 3
PSY 260 Lifespan Development3 3
PSY 300 Principles and Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 301 Principles and Methods of Psychological Research 3
PSY 303 Social Psychology 3
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 414 Psychology of Learning and Memory 3
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology 3

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

3
Applied Behavior Analysis Track 12  total hrs
PSY 331 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
PSY 332 Behavioral Measurement and Assessment 3
PSY 333  Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 334 Behavioral Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder 2
PSY 335 Seminar in Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis 1
Required Minor 21-24 hrs
Unrestricted Electives 13-21 hrs

 Suggested Curriculum Plans for Incoming Psychology Freshmen and Transfer Students and Those Planning to Attend Medical School

Career Opportunities

Students who major in psychology have a wide choice of careers, and the psychology major at Murray State is designed to prepare students to achieve their goals. Upon graduation, psychology majors may choose entry-level positions in social services or business positions in management, sales, and personnel. Some students use their undergraduate degree in psychology as a springboard into other professions such as law, medicine, business, and education. Many psychology students wish to attend graduate school to earn a master's or doctorate in psychology that leads to professional careers in settings such as hospitals, mental health clinics, or private practice. Others who earn advanced psychology degrees choose to work in the business world as industrial/organizational psychologists or may go into academia in order to teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Check out our careers page to find out more about career opportunities see some of the careers and graduate programs that our psychology graduates have entered