To graduate with a degree in psychology, you must complete a minimum of 38 semester hours of courses in psychology and 6 semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements consist of 24 credit hours of required courses, 6 hours in advanced coursework, and 9 hours of elective courses in psychology.

All psychology majors must take:

PY 101: Application of scientific method to behavior. Areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences (Satisfies Core Area IV Requirement). 3 hours.
PY 201: Advanced seminar in scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes. (Satisfies Core IV requirement.) Permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies required. 3 hours.
Human development from prenatal period to old age. Genetic and environmental determinants of behavior. Language, cognition, personality, social and emotional behavior, intelligence, and physical and sexual development. Applied areas include child rearing, childhood psychoses, and child abuse. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of the scientific process and teaches students to read and evaluate scientific reports: popular media to primary literature; emphasizing the importance of being a good consumer of information. The course also teaches students to write scientifically, following accepted formats such as APA. 2 hours.
Descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on behavioral science applications. Measures of central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, probability, t-test, correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Use of computers in statistical analysis of psychological research data. 4 hours.
Research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior, including symptoms, development, classification, and treatment. 3 hours.
How brain functions during dreaming, visual perception, aggression, learning and memory, sex, and language. Left versus right hemisphere specializations, recovery after brain damage, and neurological basis of illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, and Parkinson's disease. Includes five hours of videos. 3 hours.
Overview of specific research methods such as correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental methods. Students will design and conduct research. As such it includes a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis and questions of ethics and civic responsibility. This course also provides practical knowledge of the scientific methodology such as problem definition, hypothesis formation, measurement, causal inference, validity, and reliability. 3 hours.
Capstone emphasizes the synthesis of knowledge and research skills expected of the undergraduate Psychology major. Students are guided in conducting research within a specific content area. Use of computers in statistical analysis of psychological research data. Also includes class readings and discussions on ethical issues. Observation or community service in selected social service agencies is an integral part of the course. This is a designated service-learning course integrating academic learning, civic learning and meaningful service to the community. 3 hours.

Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for psychology majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Earn Your Degree Online

The Psychology major is available as a completely online degree. Students may opt to take their coursework online without any on-campus requirements.

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