Major in Psychology

The department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. The psychology courses are the same for the B.A. and the B.S. 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.

The psychology major offers three types of classes. One block of courses covers the classic areas of psychology in which both normal and abnormal behavior and their causes are studied. The second block of courses focuses on research skills, and the third block of courses covers a wide variety of elective classes in psychology. The psychology student might choose electives in personality, industrial/organizational psychology, the psychology of language, law and psychology, child psychology, or sport psychology. Many additional electives are also offered. In addition to regular classes, students have opportunities to earn credit while working individually one research with faculty members. As a result, 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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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Psychology

CIP 42.2799

University Studies Requirements.................................44-47 hrs

Refer to the general requirements for the University Studies Program and electives for the B.A. and B.S. degrees in the current University Bulletin.

For both the B.A. and the B.S. degrees in Psychology, University Studies selections must include:
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies and Quantitative Skills: BIO 101 Biological Concepts or BIO 221 Zoology

Required Courses..............................................................31 hrs
PSY 100T Transitions
PSY 180 General Psychology
PSY 205 Introduction to Writing in the Psychological Sciences
PSY 260 Lifespan Development
PSY 300 Principles and Methods of Statistical Analysis
PSY 301 Principles and Methods of Psychological Research
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 414 Psychology of Learning and Memory
PSY 415 Physiological Psychology
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 499 Senior Thesis

Required Limited Electives.................................................9 hrs
PSY electives approved by advisor

Required Minor.............................................................21-24 hrs

Unrestricted Electives.....................................................9-15 hrs

Total Curriculum Requirements......................................120 hrs

The requirements listed above 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.

Additional Advising Information 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