Major Requirements (BS)

In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the Letters & Science Degree Requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. The sample below assumes a student took their first college class in Fall 2013 or later.

This sample shows just one possible pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in four years. This sample assumes you took no foreign language in high school and that your placement test scores were sufficient to start in college-level math and English. This sample also assumes that you maintain an average credit load of 15 credits per semester. Your schedule may look very different depending on your specific circumstances. Students may opt for a Bachelor of Arts instead, but the requirements for that pathway are not reflected in this plan.

Students opting for the BS will need to complete at least 30 credits in approved advanced L&S Natural Science courses, at least 15 of which must be completed in Psychology. Except for an advanced natural science credit requirement for the BS, the psychology requirements for the BS and BA degrees are the same.

This plan does not replace the advice of your department advisor, and you are cautioned to meet regularly with your advisor to create a personalized plan that matches your particular circumstances rather than following this verbatim. To clarify any degree requirements, please contact your L&S Undergraduate Advisor.

Requirements

Total Psychology credits

33 or 34 credits

Required core courses (14 credits)
  • Psych 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • Psych 210 - Psychological Statistics
  • Psych 254 - Physiological Psychology
  • Psych 325 - Research Methods in Psychology
Required, one of the following courses (3 credits)
  • Psych 205 - Personality
  • Psych 214 - Introduction to Conditioning and Learning
  • Psych 230 - Social Psychology: Psychological Perspectives
  • Psych 260 - Child Psychology
Five upper-level courses (300 or above), which can be satisfied by either
  • one advanced laboratory course and four Systems and Foundations courses (16 cr.)
    or
    two advanced laboratory courses and three Systems and Foundations courses (17 cr.)
An advanced laboratory course
(satisfies L&S research requirement)
  • Psych 502 - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Psych 505 - Cognitive Processes
  • Psych 514 - Conditioning and Learning
  • Psych 654 - Advanced Physiological Psychology
  • Psych 656 - Psychophysiology
  • Psych 660 - Experimental Child Psychology
  • Psych 677 - Experimental Social Psychology
Additional requirements

To be accepted as a major in psychology, students must have completed Psych 101 and 15 university credits. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
MATH 105
Intermediate Algebra (QL-A)
3
1st semester Foreign Language
3-5
L&S Humaities
3
PSYCH 101
Introduction to Psychology (SS)
3
Spring Credits
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
MATH 211
Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry (NS)
4
2nd semester Foreign Language
3-5
L&S Natural Science with lab, not Psych
3-5
PSYCH 254
Physiological Psychology (NS)
3
Year 2
Fall Credits
PSYCH 210
Psychological Statistics (formal reasoning) (QL-B)
4
L&S Humanities
3
L&S Social Science/International, not Psych
3
L&S Natural Science with Lab, not Psych
3-5
Psych 205, 214, 230, or 260 (SS)
3
Spring Credits
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
PSYCH 325
Research Methods in Psychology (OWC-B) (NS+)
4
L&S Social Science/International, not Psych
3
Psych systems or foundation
3
Elective
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
L&S Humanities/International
3
Psychology upper-level
und
Psych 354, 355, 433, 454, 503, 510, 609, 610, 627, or 681 (NS)
3
Psych systems or foundation
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
L&S Natural Science upper-level
3-5
Arts GER
3
Psych 354, 355, 433, 454, 503, 510, 609, 610, 627, or 681 (NS)
3
Psych 354, 355, 433, 454, 503, 510, 609, 610, 627, or 681 (NS)
3
Elective
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
Psych 654, 656, or 660 (NS)
3
Psych systems or foundation
3
Psych upper-level elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
Psych 654, 656, or 660 (NS)
3
L&S upper-level
3
L&S upper-level
3
L&S upper-level
3
Elective
3

Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B