May 19, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.

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Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior and related mental and physiological processes. Psychology is a research science in which investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data describing human and animal behavior to shed light on the causes and dynamics of behavior patterns. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution or prevention of individual or social problems. The professional role also provides an opportunity for the psychologist to develop his or her understanding of human behavior and thus to contribute to the science of psychology.

The BGSU Department of Psychology includes six areas: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Cognitive, Industrial-Organizational, and Social Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in psychology are expected to:

  • Exhibit broad knowledge about human behavior from a variety of psychological perspectives (biological, cognitive, developmental, social);
  • Demonstrate skills in research and other forms of inquiry in order to develop new knowledge about behavior;
  • Communicate knowledge of psychology to others;
  • Critically evaluate existing psychological knowledge.

Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BS) is appropriate for students who are interested in a more math and science-oriented curriculum. This curriculum is well suited to students who hope to pursue further study in science-oriented psychology graduate programs (e.g., neuroscience), or medical school (e.g., MD, psychiatry), or other health-related programs (e.g., pharmacy, physical therapy).

Bachelor of Science students are required to complete BIOL 2040  and BIOL 2050 , MATH 1310 , and PSYC 3700 . These courses may also be counted toward BGP and Arts & Sciences requirements where appropriate. Students are encouraged to consider additional natural science courses to fulfill the Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component requirement.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all PSYC courses is required for the degree.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Arts & Sciences Requirements

World Languages and Cultures (_____ yrs of HS_______) 

Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook regarding approved course options in the different language and culture areas. 
​   ________1010_________________    ________ 
​   ________1020_________________    ________ 
​   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 

Lab Science  

   _____________________________    ________ 

Multidisciplinary Component

Select from approved offerings, in consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor. Four courses total, each with a different subject prefix. At least two courses at 3000/4000 level. Courses applied to the Arts & Sciences MDC may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.   
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
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Major Requirements

(36 Credits) (A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all PSYC classes is required)

Electives and Non-Credit Courses

Minor Requirements:

(1 of the Following):

  1. Minor in a second dept./college (see catalog or see  College Advisor)
  2. Cognate minor: 24 hours from at least 3 of the following  fields: BIOL, CHEM, CS, ECON, MATH (NOT MATH 2130 ,  MATH 2150 , MATH 2160 ), PHIL, PHYS, or SOC
  3. Individualized Planned Minor, developed in consultation  with a Faculty Advisor.
  4. General Science Minor. (see Undergraduate Catalog)


For Graduation You Will Need:

  1. 122 credit hours minimum.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.00.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of BGSU course work.
  4. 40 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level.
  5. Completion of all degree requirements, including the BG Perspective Core.
  6. A major, and if required, a minor, specialization or emphasis.

Any substitution or waiver of courses required for your major or minor program must originate in the department/school offering the major or minor and must be approved by the College Office.

To ensure a timely graduation, see a College Advisor during the semester prior to your intended graduation.

Remember to complete an Application for Graduation by the end of the second week of classes during the fall semester or spring regular session, or by the end of the first week of the summer semester. For the specific dates, check your DARS. You may log onto MyBGSU to complete the online application. After the deadlines, you will need to complete an application in person in the College Office.

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