The major in psychology requires 33 credit hours in PSY courses. AP Credit for Statistics (i.e., PSY 292) cannot count toward the psychology major. Students who declare the psychology major after they transfer credit for PSY 292 or complete PSY 292 can use PSY 292 as a substitute for PSY 291.

Only 6 credit hours of the following may count toward the psychology major:

PSY 280Introduction To Research Projects I1-3
PSY 380Introduction To Research Projects II1-3
PSY 480Research With Writing Credit1-3
PSY 581Senior Honors In Psychology II3

The following courses do not count toward the psychology major:

PSY 106Freshman Advising Contact Term (Fact)1
PSY 190Faculty Overview Of Research And Undergraduate Mentoring(Forum)1
PSY 206Transfer To The University Of Miami(Tums)1
PSY 305Introduction To Research And Graduate School1
PSY 580Senior Honors In Psychology I3

All psychology majors who pursue a B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minor from the list of acceptable minors published by the College.

All psychology majors who pursue a B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minor in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological Sciences, Marine Science, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, or Physics.

Curriculum Requirements - BA

PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 290Introduction To Research Methods3
PSY 291Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics3
Select nine additional credit hours in 200 level PSY courses9
Select nine credit hours in 300 level PSY courses9
Select six credit hours in 400 or 500 level PSY courses6
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor15-18
Mathematics3
Foreign language in 200 level or above3
Natural Science3
Electives39-42
Total Credit Hours120-126

Curriculum Requirements - BS

PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 290Introduction To Research Methods3
PSY 291Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics3
PSY 390Intermediate Research Methods And Biobehavioral Statistics3
PSY 490Advanced Research Methods3
Select nine additional credit hours in 200 level PSY courses9
Select three additional credit hours in 300 level PSY courses3
Select six additional credit hours in 400 or 500 level PSY courses 16
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts & Humanities Cognate9
Minor15-18
Mathematics11-15
Foreign Language in 200 level or above3
Natural Science3
Electives40-47
Total Credit Hours120-134
1

Note: At least 3 of these credit hours must be in a 400 level PSY writing course.

Other Requirements

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in a PSY course to count it toward the psychology major.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.8 combined, UM, and psychology GPA to declare the psychology major.
  • Students are strongly advised not to continue with the psychology major if they have less than a 2.5 psychology GPA after 15 completed credit hours in psychology.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.3 psychology GPA and a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with the psychology major.
  • Students must complete at least half of their psychology major in residence, including all 300, 400, and 500 level PSY courses.
  • Only 6 PSY credit hours at the 300, 400, and 500 level may be taken through a UM Study Abroad Program with prior written approval.
  • Students completing a B.S. in Psychology must complete a minor in one of the following programs:  Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology & Immunology, or Physics.  Students who complete a second major in one of the mentioned fields are not required to complete a minor.

Suggested Plan of Study - BA

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
PSY 106 Freshman Advising Contact Term (Fact) 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
Foreign Languge 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
PSY 190 Faculty Overview Of Research And Undergraduate Mentoring(Forum) 1
PSY 200 Level 3
PSY 200 Level 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Foreign Language 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
PSY 290 Introduction To Research Methods 3
PSY 291 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics 3
Minor Course 3
Foreign Language 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 200 Level 3
PSY 280 Introduction To Research Projects I 3
PSY 300 Level 3
Minor course 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PSY 300 Level 3
PSY 300 Level 3
Minor Course 3
A&H Cognate 3
Natural Science 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 380 Introduction To Research Projects II 3
PSY 390 Intermediate Research Methods And Biobehavioral Statistics 3
PSY 400 Level 3
STEM Cognate 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PSY 580 Senior Honors In Psychology I 3
STEM Cognate 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 581 Senior Honors In Psychology II 3
STEM Cognate 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122

Suggested Plan of Study - BS

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
PSY 106 Freshman Advising Contact Term (Fact) 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
PSY 190 Faculty Overview Of Research And Undergraduate Mentoring(Forum) 1
PSY 200 Level 3
PSY 200 Level 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall
PSY 290 Introduction To Research Methods 3
PSY 291 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics 3
Minor Course 3
Foreign Language 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 200 Level 3
PSY 280 Introduction To Research Projects I 3
PSY 300 Level 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PSY 390 Intermediate Research Methods And Biobehavioral Statistics 3
PSY 400 Level 3
Minor Course 3
A&H Cognate 3
Natural Science 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 380 Introduction To Research Projects II 3
PSY 400 Level (Writing) 3
PSY 490 Advanced Research Methods 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PSY 580 Senior Honors In Psychology I 3
Minor Course 3
A&H Cognate 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 581 Senior Honors In Psychology II 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121