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
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following 3
Business and Professional Communication3
Technical and Scientific Communication (recommended)3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Select one from the following3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following (students may need to complete prerequisites) 13
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
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
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory 2
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) 3
Area V: Humanities3
Select any Area V: Humanites course, but one of the following PHIL courses is recommended: 3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 33
General Education Elective 33-4
Viewing A Wider World 46
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
History and Systems of Psychology3
Research Methods
PSY 310Experimental Methods 54
PSY 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 611
Non-Departmental Requirements (some overlap with Gen.Ed/VWW)
Philosophy course 300-level or above 73
Statistics Course requirement, can be completed with one of the following (all but A ST 311 will count towards Gen.Ed requirements) 1, 8
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Introductory Biology requirement, can be completed with one of the following (all will count towards Gen.Ed requirements) 9
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory 5
4
Second Language: (required- see below)13-15
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 1035-31
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

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

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
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
14
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
14
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
14
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
14
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
14
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
6
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
9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for 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:

Prefix Title Credits
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
OR
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

Prefix Title Credits
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

Prefix Title Credits
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.