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Psychological Science

Bachelor of Science

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Psychologists explore behavior and mental processes. They employ scientific methods to diagnose and treat individuals with behavioral problems and conduct research on principles of behavior. Psychologists work primarily in research, teaching, and counseling. Some counsel patients in clinics, hospitals, universities, schools, businesses, and industries. Others conduct research on humans and animals. The bachelor of science gives a strong foundation in math and science and is intended for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies in the field. Most careers in psychology require advanced training, usually at the doctoral level. Students who wish to be psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, or social workers should plan to go to medical or graduate school.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://psychology.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 113 Elements of Calculus 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Second Language 4
PSY 230 Psychological Measurement & Statistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or PHYS 102 or PHYS 181 4
Tier I General Education 3
PSY 290A Research Methods 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
PSY 300 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Tier II General Education 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or PHYS 102 or PHYS 182 4
PSY 381 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 383 3
PSY 352 Personality or PSY 360 3
5th Semester
MCB 181R/181L: Introductory Biology I or PSIO 201 4
PSY Research Elective 3
PSY 389 Advanced Methods in Psychological Research 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
ECOL 182R/182L: Introductory Biology II or PSIO 202 4
PSY Elective 3
Elective (Upper) 3
Elective 3
PSY Research Elective 3
7th Semester
PSY Research Elective 3
PSY Elective 3
PSY Elective 3
Elective (Upper) 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Elective (Upper) 3
PSY Elective II 3
Elective (Upper) 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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