Candidacy Requirements (Psychology Majors)

Beginning with the 2014-2015 Academic Year, all new students to the psychology department, are required to apply and be admitted to candidacy to earn a degree from the Psychology Department. When applying for candidacy, students can specify their major as Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students who wish to pursue the PreGraduate Concentration in Psychology must also complete a separate admission form once candidacy has been achieved.

To apply for candidacy, a student must have:

a) Completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not to include learning support courses)1
b) Completed the following general education requirements: ENG1010; ENG1020; MATH1530, 17104, 1730, or higher; and a science course (preferably a biology course)2 with a minimum 2.00 G.P.A.;
c) Completed the following psychology courses: PSY1410; PSY20002; and PSY2210 or PSY 23002 with a minimum 2.00 G.P.A.3

 1Students should follow the recommended sequence of courses for the freshman year on the 2014-2015 Academic Map. Transfer students should follow the Academic Map for the year corresponding to their hours earned.
2Does not apply to I/O Psychology students/is not required for the I/O Psychology major.
3A grade of C- or better is required in PSY1410, PSY2210, & PSY2300 for all psychology majors.
4Students who may ultimately plan to pursue graduate education are strongly encouraged to take MATH1710, MATH1730, or higher in order to have a strong mathematics background.

Candidacy to a major will be granted three times per year: (1) after the end of the Fall semester; (2) after the end of the Spring semester; and (3) after the Summer term. All students will have required advising every semester until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy. The application for admission to candidacy is an online application available on the Department of Psychology website. Applications should be submitted by students the semester after they have completed the above requirements. All forms should be submitted to the Department Advisor.