Psychology - Bachelor of Arts

General Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements,Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Students must receive a C- or better in courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
Select one from the following4
Composition I4
Composition I Honors4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following 3
Professional & Technical Communication (Recommended)3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Select one from the following3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following (students may need to complete prerequisites) 13
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Select one of the following from Area III: Laboratory Sciences (4 credits)
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course
Introduction to Psychology3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities3
Select any Area V: Humanites course, but one of the following PHIL courses is recommended: 2
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Philosophy of Music3
Quest for God3
Philosophical Thought3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective 23-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements (some overlap with Gen Ed)
Introduction to Psychology (this course will count towards the Area IV requirement above)3
Select one from the following: 3
Abnormal Psychology3
Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood3
Research Methods
PSYC 310Experimental Methods 44
PSYC 311Advanced Research Seminar4
Basic Mechanisms
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Psycholinguistics3
Psychology and the Brain3
Evolutionary Psychology3
Perception4
Acquisition and Use of Knowledge
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Learning4
Cognitive Psychology3
Memory3
Thinking3
Understanding Behavior
Select one from the following:3
Emotion3
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Personality3
Additional Electives 511
Non-Departmental Requirements (some overlap with Gen.Ed/VWW)
Philosophy course 300-level or above 63
Statistics Course requirement, can be completed with one of the following (all but A ST 311 will count towards Gen.Ed requirements) 1, 7
Statistical Applications3
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Introductory Biology requirement, can be completed with one of the following (all will count towards Gen.Ed requirements) 8
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Second Language: (required- see below)13-15
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 931-35
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology there is a two year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
CHIN 2110
CHIN 2120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
and Mandarin Chinese III
and Mandarin Chinese IV
3-14
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
FREN 2110
FREN 2120
French I
and French II
and French III
and French IV
3-14
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
GRMN 2110
GRMN 2120
German I
and German II
and German III
and German IV
3-14
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
JAPN 2110
JAPN 2120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
and Japanese III
and Japanese IV
3-14
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
SPAN 2110
SPAN 2120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
and Spanish III
and Spanish IV
3-14
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
SPAN 2210
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III
3-9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3
SIGN 2110American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 2120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 2120Mandarin Chinese IV3
or FREN 2120 French IV
or GRMN 2120 German IV
or JAPN 2120 Japanese IV
or SPAN 2120 Spanish IV
OR
Challenge the 1120/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4: Computer Science Track

Prefix Title Credits
C S 153Python Programming I3
C S 154Python Programming II3
C S 158R Programming I3
C S 1593
Under special circumstances, alternative combinations of CS courses may be approved by the Department Head
Total Credits12
 

Option 5: Math Track

Prefix Title Credits
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
MATH 1250GTrigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 1521GCalculus 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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Statistics 1  
Statistical Methods 1  
Statistical Applications 1  
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
Area V: Humanities Course (recommend one of the following:) 2 3
Introduction to Philosophy  
Philosophical Thought  
FYEX 1112 The Freshman Year Experience (OR Area I: Communications Course) 2 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
Choose from one of the following: 4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
 
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
 
First Course in Second Language Series 3-4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16-17
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication 1  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 1  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
General Education Elective Course 2 3-4
Next Course in Second Language Series 1 3-4
PSY Upper-Division (refer to degree requirements list) 1 3
 Credits15-18
Semester 2
PSYC 310 Experimental Methods 1 4
Next Course in Second Language Series (OR Elective Course if Second Language Requirement Fulfilled) 1 3-4
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits16-17
Third Year
Semester 1
PSYC 311 Advanced Research Seminar 1 4
Choose from one of the following PSYC Core Courses: 3
Abnormal Psychology  
Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood  
Choose from one of the following PSYC Basic Mechanics Courses: 4
Introduction to Psycholinguistics 1  
Psychology and the Brain 1  
Evolutionary Psychology 1  
Perception 1  
Next Course in Second Language Series (OR Elective Course if Second Language Requirement Fulfilled) 1 3-4
Elective Course 1
 Credits15-16
Semester 2
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Choose from one of the following PSYC Acquisition courses: 3-4
Learning 1  
Cognitive Psychology 1  
Memory 1  
Thinking 1  
Choose from one of the following PSYC Behavior courses: 3
Emotion 1  
Social Psychology 1  
Psychology of Personality 1  
Upper-Division Minor (or Elective) Course 1 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
PSYC Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
PSYC Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
PHIL Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Upper-Division Minor (or Elective) Course 1 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PSYC Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Upper-Division Minor (or Elective) Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course (as needed) 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-127