University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Psychology, B.A.

Undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology are encouraged and able to participate in the scholarly and applied work of psychology at many different levels – from taking a wide variety of psychology courses (most of which are taught by Ph.D.-holding faculty members) to actively participating in research laboratories to working in one of our many applied projects. We provide a tremendous breadth of training to our students, preparing them well for graduate school and careers in psychology.

This degree offers a strong foundation in psychology. The curriculum serves as a base for a liberal arts education, or as a foundation for work in other fields such as medicine, law, business, human services, management, sales and the like.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historic trends in psychology.
  • demonstrate an appreciation for the relevance of psychology to human affairs, and an ability to think critically and analytically about how psychological matters relate to day-to-day human affairs.
  • display effective written and oral communicative skills.
  • show diversity awareness by clearly demonstrating that they recognize, understand, and respect community diversity.

Contact Information

438 Mack Social Science
(775) 784-6828

College of Science Academic Advisors:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (12 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9  courses. (Major Requirement courses may satisfy CO9) 

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10  courses. (Major Requirement courses may satisfy CO10) 

C. Global Context - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11  courses.

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course; the following courses count in the Major Requirement:

F. Application - CO14

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO14  courses. (Major Requirement courses may satisfy CO14) 

III. Additional College Requirements (0-14 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language; 
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including but not limited to minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores, attaining minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or a high school or equivalent diploma in which English is not the language of instruction; or 
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the department to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not satisfy this requirement.

IV. Major Requirements (27 units)

NOTE: Courses in the major may not be taken pass-fail.

A. Introductory Requirements (3 units)

B. Foundational Requirements (9 units)

Select one course from three areas

E. Elective (6 units)

Except for PSY 101 , PSY 240  and PSY 210 , all psychology courses, not already used to meet a requirement above, may be considered electives.


At least 18 units in the major field must be upper-division courses (numbered 300-499).

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

Students may complete any minor approved by the University, except that students may not receive credit for both a minor and a major in the same discipline. Completion of a second major or degree approved by the university satisfies this requirement.

VI. Electives (19-39 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule–General Degree

This is a possible sequence of courses. Please review this with an advisor to make sure you are making the best scheduling choices for yourself.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3 units)*
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) CO2*
  • First Semester Foreign Language (4 units)
  • Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) CO7
  • (3 units) CO6

  • NOTE: * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog 

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Physical & Natural Phenomena (3-4 units) CO4L **
  • Second Semester Foreign Language (4 units)
  • PSY Foundational (6 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • Global Contexts (3 units) CO11
  • PSY Depth (6 units)
  • Minor (3 units) 
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Application (3 units) CO14
  • Minor (6 units)
  • PSY Elective (3 units)
  • Science, Technology & Society (3 units) CO9

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • General Elective (3-7 units)
  • Minor (3-6 units)
  • PSY Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (12-13 units)

  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13
  • General Electives (5-7 units)
  • Minor (3 units)