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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, BA


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Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior and the biological, psychological, and social processes related to that behavior. The Bachelor’s degree in Psychology prepares students for a variety of professional careers related to human resources, personnel, counseling, and other people-oriented positions in human services, business, and industry. Additionally, the Bachelor’s degree provides excellent preparation for graduate training in such areas as clinical, counseling, industrial, experimental, cognitive, social, biological, health, developmental, and school psychology. The program also provides excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue professional training in medicine, physical or occupational therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, or law. Further information is available at www.clemson.edu/psych/.

Change of Major into Psychology

Students who change majors into Psychology must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Clemson or in the Bridge Program and must have a 2.4 minimum Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average.

Program Requirements


The Bachelor of Arts program requires PSYC 2010 , PSYC 2020 , PSYC 3090 , PSYC 3100 , PSYC 4920 , and 19 additional credits selected from PSYC 2750  and/or 3000-4000-level psychology courses arranged as follows:

At least six credits from Biological and Cognitive courses:


At least three credits from each of the following:


Additional Requirements:


At least six credits must be from 4000-level psychology courses, with at least three of those credits from psychology courses numbered between 4000 and 4890. BIOL 4700  may be taken in lieu of one elective psychology course. Students satisfying both the Applied and Laboratory requirements with PSYC 4560  must still satisfy the requirement for 19 additional credits in Psychology (see above). Students should consult their advisors for other degree requirements and course recommendations.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester


  • Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement 3 Credits 1
  • Major Requirement 3 Credits 3
  • Modern Language Requirement 3 Credits 2
  • Natural Science with Lab Requirement 4 Credits 1
  • Social Science Requirement 3 Credits 4
Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year


First Semester


  • Major Requirement 4 Credits 3
  • Minor Requirement 3 Credits 6
  • Science and Tech. in Society Requirement 3 Credits 1
  • Elective 5 Credits
Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


  • Major Requirement 3 Credits 3
  • Minor Requirement 3 Credits 6
  • Oral Communication Requirement 3 Credits 1
  • Elective 6 Credits
Credit Hours: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


  • Major Requirement 3 Credits 3
  • Minor Requirement 6 Credits 6
  • Elective 6 Credits
Credit Hours: 15

Total Semester Hours: 120


1 See General Education Requirements .

2 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement in Academic Regulations .

3 See major requirements in program description above.

4 See General Education Requirements . Social Science Requirement must be in an area other than psychology.

5 Three credit hours, in addition to the Mathematics and Natural Science General Education Requirements, are required. Select any mathematics or natural science course that satisfies the General Education Requirement; any MATH or STAT course at the 3000-level or higher; or any natural or physical science course from the following: any ASTR, BCHM, BIOL, CH, ENSP, ENT, GEN, GEOL, MICR, NUTR, PHSC or PHYS course.

6 Select any minor listed in Minors .

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