Psychology Undergraduate Degrees, Minors, and Certificates

The Missouri S&T Department of Psychological Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as several different minors in psychology, and a jointly offered teaching certification.

Below you can find an overview of current curriculums for all of our undergraduate programs, including new emphasis areas added in 2021. For a more detailed view, you can also go to the S&T Course Catalog.

Are you a current psychology major looking for what course(s) you still need to take in order to graduate? Log in to joess.mst.edu, then find 'Academics' in your 'Student Center' and select 'Request Degree Audit.'

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Bachelor's Degree Curriculums

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology provides a broad liberal arts foundation, including courses in western civilization and foreign languages, and requires the same psychology requirements as the Bachelor's of Science in Psychology.

B.A. Psychology
45 hours or more must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

English  (Composition) 6 hrs

  • English 1120(3 hrs)
  • Additional Composition course (3 hrs)

 Math and Science 13 hrs

Humanities 12 hrs

  • English or Amer. Lit. (3 hrs)
  • Philosophy (3hrs)
  • Fine Arts (Fine ArtMusicTheater) (3 hrs)
  • 1 additional course from any of the above 3 (3 hours)

 Social Sciences 12 hrs (in at least 2 separate areas)

Foreign Language 11-16 hrs

Experiential Learning (hours vary)

  • Must be completed to satisfy graduation requirements. See description and talk to your advisor to approve an activity.

 Required Psychology Courses 35 hrs

  • Intro to Psychology (PSYCH 1100) (1 hr - only offered in Fall)
  • General Psychology (PSYCH 1101) (3 hrs)
  • Research Methods (PSYCH 2200) (4 hrs, Prereq: Stats 1115) 
  • Developmental Psych (PSYCH 3310) (3 hrs)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSYCH 4400) (3 hrs)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYCH 4501) (3 hrs)
  • Social Psychology (PSYCH 4600)  (3 hrs)
  • EITHER Neuroscience (PSYCH 4410) (3 hrs) OR Sensation & Perception (PSYCH 4411) (3 hrs)
  • Capstone Course (3hr)
    • Options:PSYCH 4010, PSYCH 4200, PSYCH 4099, PSYCH 4590, PSYCH 4990, PSYCH 4992, PSYCH 4993, or PSYCH 4994
  • Psychology Electives (9 hrs)

Minor Requirements 15 hrs minimum

  • Check with the department in which you choose to minor for their specific requirements. Courses in the minor may also be applied toward the general education requirements.

Free Electives 12-16 hours
Major fields Test

Total Hours: 120

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology provides a solid foundation in mathematics and science, with supporting courses in the humanities and social sciences, and requires the same psychology requirements as the Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology

B.S. Psychology
45 hours or more must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

English  (Composition) 6 hrs

  • English 1120 (3 hrs) 
  • English 1160 (3 hrs) 

 Math and Science 20 hrs

 Humanities and Fine Arts 12 hrs

 Social Sciences 12 hrs

  • EconomicsHistory*, or Political Science (12 hrs in at least 2 separate areas)
    • *History 1200, History1300 or History 1310, or Political Science 1200 must be taken to satisfy the Williams Law of the State of Missouri.

Experiential Learning (hours vary)

  • Must be completed to satisfy graduation requirements. See description and talk to your advisor to approve an activity.

 Required Psychology Courses 35 hrs

  • Intro to Psychology (PSYCH 1100) (1 hr - only offered in Fall)
  • General Psychology (PSYCH 1101) (3 hrs)
  • Research Methods (PSYCH 2200) (4 hrs, Prereq: Stats 1115) 
  • Developmental Psych (PSYCH 3310) (3 hrs)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSYCH 4400) (3 hrs)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYCH 4501) (3 hrs)
  • Social Psychology (PSYCH 4600)  (3 hrs)
  • EITHER Neuroscience (PSYCH 4410) (3 hrs) OR Sensation & Perception (PSYCH 4411) (3 hrs)
  • Capstone Course (3hr)
    • Options:PSYCH 4010, PSYCH 4200, PSYCH 4099, PSYCH 4590, PSYCH 4990, PSYCH 4992, PSYCH 4993, or PSYCH 4994
  • Psychology Electives (9 hrs)

Minor Requirements 15 hrs minimum

  • Check with the department in which you choose to minor for their specific requirements. Courses in the minor may also be applied toward the general education requirements.

Free Electives Approx 20

Major Fields Test (MFT)

Total Hours: 120

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We also offer five different "Emphasis Areas" for psychology majors.

Choosing an emphasis area is not required, but digging deeper into a subject can be a valuable experience and can stand out on a job or graduate school application.

Requires a total of four (4) courses  
Take these three (3) courses: Credits
PSYCH 4400   Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCH 4410   Neuroscience 3
PSYCH 4411   Sensation & Perception 3
And one (1) of the following:  
PSYCH 3400   Theories of Learning 3
PSYCH 3501   Drugs & Behavior 3
       
See official S&T catalog for course descriptions  
Requires a total of four (4) courses  
Take this one (1) course: Credits
PSYCH 4600   Social Psychology 3
And three (3) of the following:  
PSYCH 4992   Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
PSYCH 4301   Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
PSYCH 4500   Personality Psychology 3
PSYCH 4993   Psychology of Gender 3
       
See official S&T catalog for course descriptions  
Requires a total of four (4) courses  
Take these three (3) courses:
Credits
PSYCH 4600   Social Psychology 3
PSYCH 4602   Organizational Psychology 3
PSYCH 4700   Industrial Psychology 3
And one (1) of the following:  
PSYCH 4500   Personality Psychology 3
PSYCH 4610   Psychology of Leadership in Organizations 3
PSYCH 4601   Group Dynamics 3
PSYCH 4200   Tests & Measurements 3
       
See official S&T catalog for course descriptions  
Requires a total of four (4) courses  
Take this one (1) course: Credits
PSYCH 4501   Abnormal Psychology 3
And three (3) of the following:  
PSYCH 3501   Drugs and Behavior 3
PSYCH 4510   Clinical Psychology 3
PSYCH 4590   Health Psychology 3
PSYCH 4990   Internship 3
       
See official S&T catalog for course descriptions  
Requires a total of four (4) courses  
Take these three (3) courses: Credits
PSYCH 4400   Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCH 4720   Psychology of Social Technology 3
PSYCH 4710   Human Factors 3
And one (1) of the following:  
PSYCH 4411   Sensation & Perception 3
PSYCH 4602   Organizational Psychology 3
PSYCH 4700   Industrial Psychology 3
       
See official S&T catalog for course descriptions  

 

Usability of Technology Curriculum

Credit
PSYCH 2300   Educational Psychology 3
PSYCH 3720   Web Design & Development 3
PSYCH 4720   Human-Computer Interaction 3
PSYCH 4710   Human Factors 3

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Minors in Psychology

Not a psychology major, but still interested in studying human behavior? We offer a wide range of minors, each offering outstanding opportunities to take a deep dive into a specific area of psychology.

General Psychology Minor requirements require 15 hours of courses in Psychology. At least nine of these hours must be at the 3000-level or above.

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience Minor requirements include the following:

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4400 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCH 4410 Neuroscience 3
PSYCH 4411 Sensation and Perception 3
and 1 of the following  
PSYCH 3400 Theories Of Learning 3
PSYCH 4501 Abnormal Psychology 3

 

 

The Human Factors minor requirements include the following 5 courses:

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4710 Human Factors 3
PSYCH 4700 Industrial Psychology 3
PSYCH 4720 Psych of Social Technology 3
And one of the following
PSYCH 4400 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCH 4411 Sensation & Perception 3

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Minor requirements include the following 5 courses:

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4700 Industrial Psychology 3
PSYCH 4602 Organizational Psychology 3
and 2 of the following  
PSYCH 4600 Social Psychology 3
PSYCH 4710 Human Factors 3
PSYCH 4500 Personality Theory 3
PSYCH 4601 Group Dynamics 3

 

The minor requires 15 hours in a minimum of 3 of 4 Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) departments: Departments of Arts, Languages & Philosophy; English & Technical Communication; History & Political Science; and Psychology. This minor is housed in the Arts, Language, and Philosophy department. The psychology course options are:

Psych 4992: Cross Cultural Psychology.

Psych 4993: Psychology of Gender

More information about this minor may be found on the degree programs page.

Psychology for Health Care Minor requirements include the following:

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4600 Social Psychology 3
Choose 3 of the Following Courses:  
PSYCH 4411 Sensation and Perception 3
PSYCH 4410 Neuroscience 3
PSYCH 4400 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCH 4501 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYCH 4590 Health Psychology 3

 

 

Psychology of Leadership Minor requirements include:

PSYCH 1101 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4610 Psychology of Leadership in Organizations 3
and 3 of the following 5 courses are required:  
PSYCH 4600 Social Psychology 3
PSYCH 4601 Group Dynamics 3
PSYCH 4602 Organizational Psychology 3
PSYCH 4992 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
PSYCH 4993 Psychology of Gender 3

 

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Teaching Certification

Psychology B.A. with Secondary Education Certification*

*This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Communication Skills 9 hrs
ENGLISH 1120 (3 hrs) 
ENGLISH 1160 (3 hrs) 
Speech 1185 (3 hrs)

Humanities 12 hrs
ART 1180 or MUSIC 1150 or THEATRE 1190 (3 hrs)
Philosophy (3 hrs)
Literature (3 hrs)
Humanities elective (an additional course from above groups, Foreign Language, or Etymology 4306) (3 hrs)

Social Sciences 18 hrs
HISTORY 1300 or HISTORY 1310 (3 hrs)
POL SCI 1200 (3 hrs)
POL SCI 2760POL SCI 2210POL SCI 3300, or POL SCI 3760 (3 hrs)
PSYCH 1101 (3 hrs)
ECON 1100 or ECON 1200 (3 hrs)
Geography (HISTORY 2110) (3 hrs)

Natural Science / Mathematics 13 hrs
Physical Science (must include a lab) (3-4 hrs)
Reccomended:    
PHYSICS 1505 & PHYSICS 1609, or 
GEOLOGY 1110 GEOLOGY 1120, or 
CHEM 1310 CHEM 1319
BIO SCI 1113 (3 hrs)
Math (3 hrs)
STAT 1115 (3 hrs)

Professional Requirements 26 hrs
EDUC 1040 (2 hrs)
EDUC 1174 (2 hrs)
EDUC 2216 (3 hrs) 
EDUC 2251(3 hrs)
EDUC 3280 (6 hrs)
EDUC 4298 (1 hr)
Educational Psychology (PSYCH 2300) (3 hrs)
Adolescent Psychology (PSYCH 3311) (3 hrs)
Exceptional Child (PSYCH 4310) (3 hrs)

Clinical Experience 16 hrs
EDUC 1104 (2 hrs) 
EDUC 1164 (2 hrs)
EDUC 4299 (12 hrs)

Psychology Requirements 17 hrs
Intro to Psychology -only offered in fall-(PSYCH 1100) (1 hr)
Research Methods- (PSYCH 2200) -Prerequisite: STAT 1115 (4 hrs)
Developmental Psych. (PSYCH 3310) (3 hrs)
Theories of Learning (PSYCH 3400) (3 hrs)
Personality Theory (PSYCH 4500) or Abnormal Psychology (PSYCH 4501) (3 hrs)
Social Psychology (PSYCH 4600) (3 hrs)

Certification 17 hrs
American History (9 hrs)
World History (8 hrs) 

Total Requirement: 128

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Psychology B.S. with Secondary Education Certification*

*This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Communication Skills 9 hrs
ENGLISH 1120 (3 hrs)
ENGLISH 1160 (3 hrs) 
SP&M S 1185 (3 hrs)

Humanities 12 hrs
ART 1180 oMUSIC 1150 or THEATRE 1190 (3 hrs)
Philosophy (3 hrs)
Literature (3 hrs)
Humanities elective (an additional course from above groups, Foreign Language, or ETYM 4306) (3 hrs)

Social Sciences 18 hrs
HISTORY 1300 or HISTORY 1310 (3 hrs)
POL SCI 1200 (3 hrs)
POL SCI 2760POL SCI 2210POL SCI 3300, or POL SCI 3760 (3 hrs)
PSYCH 1101 (3 hrs)
ECON 1100 or ECON 1200 (3 hrs)
Geography (HISTORY 2110) (3 hrs)

Natural Science / Mathematics 13 hrs
Physical Science (must include a lab) (3-4 hrs)
Reccomended:    
PHYSICS 1505 & PHYSICS 1609, or 
GEOLOGY 1110 GEOLOGY 1120, or 
CHEM 1310 CHEM 1319
BIO SCI 1113 (3 hrs)
Math (3 hrs)
STAT 1115 (3 hrs)
COMP SCI 1570 COMP SCI 1580COMP SCI 1970 COMP SCI 1980, or COMP SCI 1971 COMP SCI 1981 (3 hrs)
Math & Science electives (5-6 hrs)

Professional Requirements 26 hrs
EDUC 1040 (2 hrs)
EDUC 1174 (2 hrs)
EDUC 2216 (3 hrs) 
EDUC 2251(3 hrs)
EDUC 3280 (6 hrs)
EDUC 4298 (1 hr)
Educational Psych. (PSYCH 2300) (3 hrs)
Adolescent Psych. (PSYCH 3311) (3 hrs)
Exceptional Child (PSY4310) (3 hrs)

Clinical Experience 16 hrs
EDUC 1104 (2 hrs) 
EDUC 1164 (2 hrs)
EDUC 4299 (12 hrs)

Psychology Requirements 17 hrs
Intro to Psychology -only offered in fall- (PSYCH 1100) (1 hr)
Research Methods- (PSYCH 2200) -Prerequisite: STAT 1115 (4 hrs)
Developmental Psych. (PSYCH 3310) (3 hrs)
Theories of Learning (PSYCH 3400) (3 hrs)
Personality Theory (PSYCH 4500) or Abnormal Psychology (PSYCH 4501) (3 hrs)
Social Psychology (PSYCH 4600) (3 hrs)

Certification 17 hrs
American History (9 hrs)
World History (8 hrs) 

Total Requirement: 136

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