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Psychology Major

BA in Psychology
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Degree Plan

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental processes and behavior.  The field explores how humans grow, cognitively and emotionally, and how they interact with the environment.  Applied research in psychology leads to recommendations to enhance adaptive behaviors, as well as ways to prevent and intervene with abnormal or maladaptive behavior.

Our program offers two degree objectives, a Bachelor’s of Art (B.A.) and a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.).  Both degrees are equivalent and call for 120 hours of undergraduate coursework.  The only difference between the degree objectives is that the B.A. requires 6 hours of a sophomore level foreign language, while the B.S. requires 6 hours of math/math reasoning and 2 hours of natural science.  The degree objective requirements (the math, science, and foreign language detailed above) are in addition to the state mandated core curriculum.

An undergraduate degree in psychology is recommended for students interested in pursuing a graduate career in psychology, such as clinical psychology, social psychology, and industrial organizational psychology, just to name a few. Students who are interested in the topic, but are uncertain about their future in the field are encouraged to consider pursuing a minor in psychology.  A minor is a shorter version of the major, and allows students to learn and discover the field.  Psychology as a minor or second major can compliment a number of other degrees, such as Biology, Communication, Political Science, and Business. 



A Bachelor's degree in Psychology is well suited for students interested in pursuing a graduate program in psychology, social work, or other social science fields. It can also be combined with other programs, such as POLS for law school, or BUS or COMM for students interested in H.R., business administration, or industrial/organizational fields. Psychology may also be beneficial for students interested in becoming child-life specialists, CPS case workers, or working for a non-profit organization. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Psychology
126 Heyne Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-5022
Dept Phone:  713-743-8500
Academic Advising Office:  713-743-8508

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