Undergraduate Programs

Why the Department of Psychology?

With over 1,700 majors, the Psychology undergraduate program is one of the largest at Georgia State University. It has an active Honors Program and Presidential Assistants Program for exceptional students interested in advanced training in behavioral and psychological research, along with a large Psi Chi club for majors and minors. Applied and research practica are available for advanced students in a variety of areas.


Program Requirements

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Psychology course for partial fulfillment:
Psyc 1100 Natural Science Aspects of Psychology (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)*
  • Select two courses from the following (6):*
    • PSYC 2030 Careers in Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2060 Introduction to Positive Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2070 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3)
    • PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, & Human Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2101 Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment (3)
    • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development: Individual and Family Issues (3)
    • PSYC 2107 Introduction to Social Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2618 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3)
    • PSYC 2621 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2900 Special Topics in Psychology (3)
  • Non-Psychology courses (9) (Refer to catalog for specific courses allowed)

Area G: Major Courses (32)

Required Methodology Courses (8)

These required methodology courses must be completed by the end of the junior year (90 hours). Students with 90 hours who have not completed both methodology courses may not register for any other psychology course . To insure that this requirement is met, students should take Psyc 3510 (a prerequisite for Psyc 3530) during the second semester of the sophomore year. Failure to complete these courses in a timely manner may delay graduation.

  • Psyc 3510 Introduction to Research Design and Data Analysis (4)
  • Psyc 3530 Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis (4) (This course has a laboratory and fulfills the requirement for Critical Thinking through Writing, CTW.)
Advanced Required Courses (9)

Take one course from each group below and one additional course from either group for a total of three courses.

Group 1:

  • Psyc 3140 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4020 Social Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4040 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4160 Theories of Personality (3)
  • Psyc 4510 Community Psychology (3)

Group 2:

  • Psyc 4100 Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4110 Physiological Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4120 Learning (3)
  • Psyc 4130 Sensation and Perception (3)

Group 3:

  • Psyc 3520 Introduction to African American Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 3570 Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4030 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4610 Psychology of Aging (3)
  • Psyc 4030 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
  • Psyc 4620 Psychology of Women
  • Psyc 3901 Study Abroad in Psychology (3)

Psychology electives (15)

Select 15 hours in psychology courses at the 3000 level or above.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements and the University Degree Requirements).

Freshman year:

  • Focus on University Core requirements.
  • Take Psyc 1101, Intro to General Psychology.

Sophomore year:

  • Complete core requirements.
  • Take two of these courses: Psyc 2040 (Applied Psyc), Psyc 2050 (Drugs and Behavior), Psyc 2070 (Human Sexuality), Psyc 2101 (Psyc of Adjustment), Psyc 2103 (Human Development).
  • Take Psyc 3510 (Introduction to Research Design and Analysis) in the spring semester.

Junior year:

In the first semester:

  • Take Psyc 3110 (Psychology of Interpersonal Behavior) (Especially for students who plan on taking Psyc 4770 Applied/Service Practica).
  • Take Psyc 3530 (Advanced Research Design and Analysis).

In the second semester:

  • Take one of the following: Psyc 3140 (Abnormal), Psyc 4020 (Social), Psyc 4040 (Developmental), Psyc 4160 (Theories of Personality), Psyc 4510 (Community).

In the summer semester:

  • Take one of the following: Psyc 4100 (Cognitive), Psyc 4110 (Physiological), Psyc 4120 (Learning), Psyc 4130 (Sensation and Perception) or a Psych 4800 course in Group 2.

Senior year:

In the first semester:

  • Take one of the following that you have not yet taken: A Psych 4800 equivalent to Group 1 courses, or Psyc 3140 (Abnormal), Psyc 4020 (Social), Psyc 4040 (Developmental), Psyc 4160 (Theories of Personality), Psyc 4510 (Community).
  • A Psyc 4800 equivalent to Group 2 courses, or Psyc 4100 (Cognitive), Psyc 4110 (Physiological), Psyc 4120 (Learning), Psyc 4130 (Sensation and Perception).
  • A Psych 4800 equivalent to Group 3 courses, or
  • Take two psychology courses at the 3000-4000 level (elective).

In the second semester:

  • Take any two psychology courses that you have not yet taken at the 3000-4000 level (electives).

Undergraduate Catalog 


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Psychology is the science of the behavior of humans and animals. The topics of investigation range from the life sciences to the social sciences, and applications occur in clinical, industrial, community, and other social contexts. Psychological knowledge contributes to the understanding of experience and behavior and to the formation of optimal personal relations.

Students must take a foreign language and six additional hours from courses in Area E. (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors," previously described.)

Suggested Schedule of Courses

Students must take nine semester hours from the courses listed below. We strongly recommend a two-course laboratory sequence in Principles of Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, or Introduction to Physics.

ANTH 2020, BIOL 1103K, BIOL 1104K, BIOL 2107K, BIOL 2108K, BIOL 2110K, BIOL 2120K, BIOL 2240, BIOL 2250, CHEM 1101K, CHEM 1102K, CHEM 1151K, CHEM 1152K, CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1220, MATH 2211, MATH 2212, MATH 2215, MATH 2420, PHIL 2010,PHYS 1111K, PHYS 1112K, PHYS 2211K, PHYS 2212K, SOCI 1101

Suggested Schedule of Courses

As of Fall 2014, Students declaring the Psychology major will be listed as Pre-Psychology (either B.A. or B.S.) majors until they complete the prerequisite requirements to have their major transitioned to Psychology. In order to obtain Psychology major status, students must obtain a cumulative 2.3 grade-point average (GPA) in their first Georgia State attempt at PSYC 1101 and the next two Psychology Area F courses attempted (with a minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 1101) to be eligible to take 3000- level and/or 4000-level PSYC courses. Only the first Georgia State attempt at these three courses is considered in computing Area F GPA, unless a student transfers in credit from another institution and/or exam (AP/IB) that satisfies the Pre-Psychology GPA requirement. If needed, transfer students are allowed one Georgia State attempt to complete the Pre-Psychology requirement.


Concentrations/Minor

Community Psychology is an area of psychology that aims to apply psychology toward improving the well-being of human groups. An ecological perspective, a prevention orientation, and an appreciation of diversity characterize this area. Often community psychology takes the form of "action research" in which knowledge gained from basic research or psychological theory is applied in real-world settings. At other times it takes the form of relatively more basic research on social problems or community functioning. The concentration is most appropriate for students who want to apply psychology theories and methods to solving social and environmental problems, such as drug abuse, homelessness, and violence. The curriculum should prepare graduates either to pursue graduate education in community psychology or to work in community-based organizations.
Students interested in attending medical school are advised to consider the pre-medicine concentration. Those wishing to pursue this concentration should be aware that the requirements will differ from those listed in the regular psychology curriculum. For more information on the pre-medicine curriculum, contact the Office of Academic Assistance, College of Arts and Sciences, Room 418, Langdale Hall, (404) 413-5000.
Students who wish to minor in psychology must take 15 hours in courses in psychology including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in psychology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.)