Do more than wonder why we do what we do. Pursue the answers.

Psychology is the scientific study of all aspects of human behavior and mental processes. If you’re naturally curious, analytical, and ready to research our minds and actions, a psychology major may be the perfect path. The major provides a general background in basic processes (learning and memory), cognitive processes, social psychology, developmental psychology, clinical/personality psychology and statistics, and research design. 

What You’ll Do

As a psychology major, you’ll be prepared for careers in health, politics, medicine, business, government, and more. You’ll get there because of opportunities to:

  • Work closely with knowledgeable faculty in small classes.
  • Start with courses in career planning and development to determine your desired career and necessary education.
  • Participate and develop psychological research.
  • Gain professional research experience through Southeast’s annual Student Research Conference and through internship experiences.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 95%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Psychology and Counseling report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $91k

    Psychologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a psychologist is $90,710.

  • $89k

    School Psychologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a clinical, counseling, and school psychologist is $89,290.

  • $113k

    Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an industrial-organizational psychologist is $112,690.

What You'll Study

As a psychology major, you’ll study all aspects of human behavior and mental processes. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

A minor is required for this degree.

Required Core Courses:

  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PY103 Career Development in Psychology (3)
  • PY230 Ethics & Diversity in Psychology (3)
  • PY271 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • PY370 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PY489 Advanced Topics in Psychology (3)
    • PY497 Historical Development of Psychology (3)

Extended Core

Choose one course from each of the following areas:

Basic/Cognitive Processes

  • PY362 Learning & Memory (3)
  • PY460 Cognitive Processes (3)
  • PY466 Introduction to Physiological Psychology (3)

Clinical/Personality

  • PY432 Introduction to Personality (3)
  • PY440 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Developmental Psychology

  • PY120 The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence (3)
  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Life Span (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)

Social/Applied Psychology

  • PY250 Applied Psychology (3)
  • PY358 Social Psychology (3)

Psychology Electives

Choose 6 hours from the list below:

  • PY250 Applied Psychology (3)
  • PY251 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PY301 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
  • PY325 Psychological Development of the Family (3)
  • PY329/529 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
  • PY353 Social Cognition (3)
  • PY358 Social Psychology (3)
  • PY359 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • PY362 Learning & Memory (3)
  • PY366 Introduction to Sensation & Perception (3)
  • PY432 Introduction to Personality (3)
  • PY440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PY441 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PY442 Psychotherapy (3)
  • PY444 Childhood Psychopathology (3)
  • PY460 Cognitive Processes (3)
  • PY466 Introduction to Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PY484 Advanced Research in Psychology (3)*
  • PY495 Internship in Psychology (3)#
  • PY525 Maturity & Aging (3)
  • PY531 Psychological Testing (3)
  • PY555 Healthy Psychology (3)

Optional Pre-Counseling Track - no minor required if track is chosen:

  • CF209 Introduction to Family Theories (3)
  • CF402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF430 Parent Child Interactions (3)
  • CF520 Professional Ethics & Practice (3)
  • ED535 The Trauma-Informed Professional (3)
  • PY440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PY441 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PY442 Psychotherapy (3)
  • PY444 Childhood Psychopathology (3)
  • PY495 Internship in Psychology (3)#

* Requires faculty mentor
# Requires consent of Internship Coordinator

A grade of 'C' or better is required in each core course.

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • PY101(3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • PY103 (3) 
  • PY230 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • PY271 (3) 
  • Developmental Category (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Social/Applied Category (3)
  • Basic/Cognitive Processes Category (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • PY370 (3)
  • Minor/Track course (3)
  • Minor/Track course (3)
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Clinical/Personality Category (3)
  • Psychology Elective (3)
  • Minor/Track course (3)
  • Minor/Track course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Psychology Elective (3)
  • Minor/Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • PY489 or PY497 (3)
  • Minor/Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average

A 'Milestone' signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BS degree.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

"The University prepared me well for medical school. I was promoted with honors from the basic science years. I am sure that my degree in Psychology from SEMO was the reason I was the one student that was nominated for Departmental Distinction in Psychiatry at my graduation from Oklahoma University School of Medicine."

Tim Bohn, MD, Alumnus

Department of Psychology and Counseling Accreditations and Verifications

  • CACREP (Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International

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