Psychology - Bachelor of Arts

General Requirements

Students must receive a C- or better in courses used to satisfy the departmental and nondepartmental requirements of the psychology major. Students must also complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total 120 credits with 48 of them being upper division.

Departmental Requirements
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
Select one from the following: 3
Abnormal Psychology3
Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood3
History and Systems of Psychology3
Research Methods
PSY 310Experimental Methods 14
PSY 311Advanced Research Seminar4
Basic Mechanisms
Select 3 credits from the following: 23
Introduction to Psycholinguistics3
Psychology and the Brain3
Evolutionary Psychology3
Acquisition and Use of Knowledge
Select 3 credits from the following: 23
Cognitive Psychology3
Understanding Behavior
Select one from the following: 23
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Personality3
Additional Electives 311
Nondepartmental Requirements
Select one from the following: 43
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Philosophy course 300-level or above 53
At least three credits of introductory biology3
Select one from the following: 64
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory 7
Second Language Option13-15
Total Credits60-62

PSY 310 Experimental Methods: prerequisite of PSY 201G Introduction to Psychology


requirements are to be met after the student has completed PSY 310 Experimental Methods (which has prerequisites of PSY 201G Introduction to Psychology, and either STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences or STAT 271G Statistics for Psychological Sciences or A ST 311 Statistical Applications


Additional electives to bring total credits in psychology to at least 34, with at least 24 of those 34 credits being upper division.


Students who are considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to take math classes beyond the minimum statistics course requirement.


PHIL 346 Philosophy of Mind or PHIL 351 Philosophy of Science recommended


A course that includes a laboratory is highly recommended, and is required if intended to satisfy Gen Ed Area III


Prerequisite: CHEM 110G Principles and Applications of Chemistry or CHEM 111G General Chemistry I or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies there is a two year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 111
CHIN 112
CHIN 211
CHIN 212
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
and Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 113
SPAN 213
SPAN 214
Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3
C D 476American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Challenge the 212 level for the following courses:
CHIN 212Intermediate Chinese II3
or FREN 212 Intermediate French II
or GER 212 Intermediate German II
or JPNS 212 Intermediate Japanese II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
Challenge the 214 level for the following courses:
PORT 214Portuguese for Romance Language Students II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4: Computer Science Track

C S 153Python Programming I3
C S 154Python Programming II3
C S 158R Programming I3
C S 159R Programming II3
Under special circumstances, alternative combinations of CS courses may be approved by the Department Head
Total Credits12

Option 5: Math Track

MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus4
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Total Credits15

Option 6:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 7:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 8:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 9:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 10:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.