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Required Courses and Course Orders

Required Psychology Courses

PSY 201, PSY 205, PSY 220, PSY 221, PSY 300, PSY 310, and PSY 450

*Note that most of these are taken as a sequence and, thus, you must plan five semesters to complete your required coursework.

Elective Psychology Courses

Two Courses from PSY “A” electives (PSY 323, 327, 330, 335, and 350)

Two Courses from PSY “B” electives (PSY 363, 400, 408, 415, 423, 425, 436, and 444)

One Course from PSY “C” electives (PSY 305, 337, 352, 355, 380, 399, 403, 412, 413, 414, 430, 433, 460-499)

One additional psychology course from those listed above.

*Note some new courses may not be listed above.  For example - Psychological Testing and Psychology of Emotion count as a "C" elective and Human Memory counts as a "B" elective.  If you have questions about a particular course, ask your advisor or Ms. Carter in the Psychology Office.

**We recommend that you complete a practicum or research experience as part of your psychology degree, but it is not required.  Practicums and research experience may be taken for credit as a PSY “C” elective, although you can volunteer for some experiences if you do not want to take them for course credit.

Recommended Timetable for Entering Freshman

  • Fall Freshman Year:  PSY 201, PSY 205, MS 108 or MS 112 (or higher if you place into a higher mathematics course), general education
  • Spring Freshman Year:  PSY 220, PSY 221, MS 204 (or higher if you place into a higher mathematics course), general education
  • Fall Sophomore Year:  PSY 300, general education
  • Spring Sophomore Year:  PSY 310, general education
  • Fall Junior Year:  PSY electives, required minor courses, general education
  • Spring Junior Year:  PSY electives, required minor courses, practicum/research
  • Fall Senior Year:  PSY 450, PSY electives, minor electives, practicum/research
  • Spring Senior Year: PSY electives, minor electives, practicum/research

*Note this timetable is based on taking 16 credits per semester and not completing any remedial work.  If you place into a remedial math or English course you will have to adjust timetable to allow for these additional courses.

**PSY elective courses are often offered in the summer to allow students more flexibility in scheduling.  Required courses (especially 300-level and higher) are rarely ever offered in the summer, so do not count on this when planning your 4-year schedule.

Recommended Timetable for Junior-level Community College Transfer Students

  • Fall Junior Year:  PSY 220, PSY 221, MS 204 (if you need a second math course), required minor courses
  • Spring Junior Year:  PSY 300, PSY electives, required minor courses
  • Fall Senior Year:  PSY 310, PSY electives, minor electives, practicum/research
  • Spring Senior Year: PSY 450, PSY electives, minor electives, practicum/research

* This timetable is appropriate for students who have already completed PSY 201 and all other courses required for an Associates Degree at a community college.

Transferring Courses to JSU

  • All general education courses from Alabama community colleges will transfer according to the STARS agreement.
  • Within psychology, only PSY 201 – Principles of Psychology, and PSY 222 – Human Development* will transfer from community colleges.
  • If you are transferring from another 4-year university, psychology courses will be initially evaluated by the registrar when you are admitted to the university.  However, if you think that a course you took somewhere else should be counted as an equivalent course, discuss it with your advisor and/or Dr. McKerchar, the Psychology Department Chair.
  • Similarly, if you want to take a course from another university to substitute for one of our courses, you will need a transient letter from the registrar’s office and approval from Dr. McKerchar, the Psychology Department Chair, before you take the course.

*Note that PSY 222 - Human Development will transfer as a general university elective, but it does not count toward a major or minor in Psychology.

Suggested Minors

There are no specific minors that are suggested for psychology.  For those students who want a competitive application for graduate school, typically minoring in math or science is preferred (e.g., Math, Computer Science, Biology).  Other common minors include Gerontology, Child Development, Sociology, English, Technical Writing, Criminal Justice, Forensics, Political Science, and Music.  If you want to go into Psychiatry, then you will also need to complete the Pre-Med curriculum.

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