Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Students are required to maintain a minimum Psychology GPA of 2.0 in order to retain a declared major. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 105) in order to take all other Psychology courses. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Psychological Science I: Research Methods (PSYC 231) and Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications (PSYC 232) in order to progress in the program. Each course can only be repeated once.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Theory and Content of Psychology: Students should be familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology. (UG2)
  • Methodology: Students should understand and be able to use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation. (UG3 & UG4)
  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Problem-Solving: Students should use and respect skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior. (UG3 & UG4)
  • Information Competence, Technology, and Computers: Students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for multiple purposes. (UG10)
  • Communication Skills: Students should be able to express themselves effectively in written and oral communication. (UG1)
  • Application of Psychology: Students should have an understanding of applications of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues. (UG5, UG8, UG9)


Psychology, BA Program Page

Psychology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements36-40

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.


The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 


  • 18 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 18 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students who do not meet minimum standards will be dismissed from the program. All dismissals are permanent.
Required Courses (Grade of 'C' or higher required) 1
Required Courses may only be repeated once.
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 231Psychological Science I: Research Methods3
PSYC 232Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications3
Core Electives 1
Select five of the following:15-17
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Behavior Modification
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
History of Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology Electives 1
Select four electives from the following:12-14
Total Hours36-40

Courses count for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Psychology Electives1

PSYC 205Environmental Psychology3
PSYC 208Personality3
PSYC 233Sensation & Perception3
PSYC 240Human Sexual Behavior3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 289Positive Psychology3
PSYC 300Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture3
PSYC 302Psychology of Criminal Behavior3
PSYC 303Learning4
PSYC 304Theories of Counseling3
PSYC 306Introduction to Psychological Testing3
PSYC 310Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 311Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSYC 315Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity3
PSYC 318Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence3
PSYC 320Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 321Drugs and Behavior3
PSYC 334Health Psychology3
PSYC 338Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 350Contemporary Topics in Psychological Science 21
PSYC 360History of Psychology3
PSYC 364Child and Adolescent Development3
PSYC 365Psychology of Aging3
PSYC 375Psychopathology of Adulthood3
PSYC 377Social Psychology3
PSYC 392Cross Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 415Multicultural Identity Development3
PSYC 428Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan3
PSYC 430Research Practicum in Psychology3
PSYC 435Resilience Across the Lifespan3
PSYC 445Infant and Child Cognition3
PSYC 449Seminar in Psychology3
PSYC 450
PSYC 485
Field Placement Internship in Psychology
and Seminar in Professional Psychology
PSYC 471Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 473Hormones and Behavior3
PSYC 475Behavior Modification3
PSYC 476Clinical Neuroscience3
PSYC 477Developmental Neuroscience3
PSYC 490Independent Study3

Courses count for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Course may be repeated for a total of 2 credits


LIBR 110Introduction to Library & Information Resources (Required)1


Writing in Psychology #1
Writing in Psychology #2
Writing in Psychology #3
Writing in Psychology #4


Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International Study Programs
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership (Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Reflections Body Image Organization, Nu Rho Psi, Neuro Rocks)
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education planning (Office of Career Education and Development)
  7. Internships
  8. Volunteering in local human services and mental health agencies
  9. Job shadowing Volunteering

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Summer2023
Revised 09.28.2023
UCC 09.19.2023


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
LIBR 110 Introduction to Library & Information Resources 1
PSYC 231 Psychological Science I: Research Methods 3
PSYC Core Elective #1 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities OR Social Science OR Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Second Year
PSYC 232 Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications 3
PSYC Core Elective #2 3
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Modern Language #1 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2
PSYC Core Elective #3 3
Humanities OR Social Science OR Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Modern Language #2 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Humanities OR Social Science OR Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Third Year
PSYC Core Elective #4 3
PSYC Elective #1 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Modern Language #3 3
Free Elective 3
PSYC Core Elective #5 3
PSYC Elective #2 3
PSYC Elective #3 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
Fourth Year
PSYC Elective #4 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**120

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6 70
Revised: 09.07.2023