Psychology, BS

Dear PSYC Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term.  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

A major in psychology is not only an exciting and popular undergraduate major or minor at Valdosta State University and around the country, but it is also one of the most useful. Undergraduate psychology training assists in preparing students for a number of career alternatives in government, business, industry, etc., that do not require more advanced training. It also assists in preparing students for professional or graduate school in psychology, law, physical or occupational therapy, social work, business, education, and other areas.

All Psychology majors complete the core curriculum, Areas A-F, with area F being specific to Psychology. Upon acceptance into the program, students then follow a schedule of their major classes during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, they receive a BS in Psychology.

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101 3
MATH 1111 3
PSYC 1101 3
PHIL 2010 or 2020 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102 3
Science (w/lab from Area D) 4
POLS 1101 3
ACED 2400 (this course can be exempted, see advisor) 3
PERS 2XXX 2
Total hours 15

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & History requirement. Complete Regents’ requirement. Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining Sophomore status. Science (w/lab from Area D)

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 2998 0
ENGL 2111, 2112, or 2113 3
Area D Science with Lab 4
Area F Math/Science 3
PERS 2XXX 2
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
PSYC 3500 3
Area F Math/Science 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
PSYC 3110, 3300, 3700, 3710, 3800, or 3850 3
Area E Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining Junior status. Get admitted to the Psychology Program.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 3600 3
Area F Math/Science 3
PSYC 3200, 3210, or 3220 3
Area E Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
PSYC 3900 3
Area D Math/Science 3
PSYC 3110, 3300, 3700, 3710, 3800, or 3850 3
Area C Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining Senior status. Apply for graduation. Note: For students interested in the senior thesis option, please contact your academic advisor. The senior thesis is a multi-semester course during which the student will develop, conduct, and write-up a novel psychological study. This option requires a "B" or better in PSYC 3500 and PSYC 3600.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
PSYC 4100 or 4150 3
PSYC 4000 or 4025 or 4050 3
PSYC 3000 level elective 3
PSYC 3400 or 3450 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
PSYC 4900 or 4950 3
PSYC 4000 level elective 3
PSYC 4000 level elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 120 collegiate credits.