Academic Catalog

Psychology, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

General Education Courses
I. Communication
Select two of the following:6
Composition I 1
Composition II 1
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/or Natural Science:
Select two additional courses listed above or:6-8
Foundations of Human Physiology
and Foundations of Human Physiology Laboratory
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric
Deductive Logic
Elementary Statistics
III. Information Tech.
Info. Tech.:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities, and/or History:
Select any course in Fine Arts or History listed above or:3
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Introduction to Creative Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select two of the following: 26
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
or placement in a 201 or higher level language course
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
General Ed. Electives:
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Major Requirements 3,4,5,6
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC U225Psychological Statistics3
PSYC U325Research Methods for Psychology4
Core Courses
Select at least five core courses, one from each group of the following:15
Group 1:
Sensation and Perception
Cognitive Neuroscience
Physiological Psychology
Group 2:
Psychology of Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Group 3:
Social Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Group 4:
Developmental Psychology
Psychological Disorders
Health Psychology
Group 5:
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology & Law
Elective Courses
Select 9 credits from core and/or other psychology courses9
Select one 400-level psychology course3
PSYC U502Senior Seminar: Special Topics in Psychology (Select one 400-level psychology course) 73
Cognate or Minor
Psychology majors may select either a cognate (12 hours) or a minor (18-21 hours)12-21
Cognate Option 1
Select 12 credits 8
Minor Option 1
Select 18-21 credits 9
Select 13-25 credits 1013-25
Total Hours120

 A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.


The minimum acceptable level of competency for a psychology major is completion of the 102 level of a language. Students who place into the 201 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives.


A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.


To enroll in all psychology courses, prerequisites must be completed with a C or higher.


18 credit hours of psychology (12 credit hours from core courses, three credit hours from courses at the 400-level and three credit hours from senior seminar) applied toward graduation must be awarded by USC Upstate. In order to enroll in senior seminar, a student must have completed all of the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C.


A psychology course used to meet major requirements may not be attempted more than twice. Attempts include receiving a "W", "WF", and "Audit." Appeals to this policy may be made to the Psychology Academic Affairs Committee.


Except for PSYC U499 or Non-scheduled courses.


Courses selected in conjunction with psychology advisor. See Cognate section of catalog for description.


See Minor section of catalog for description and requirements.


For a B.A. degree 6 hours of elective credit must be Foreign Language U201-U202.

Normally students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete foreign language U201 and U202.