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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of animals and humans. Psychology majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring all phases of human life. They study behavior of individuals and groups, both the well-adjusted and the dysfunctional. Students of psychology are interested in conducting research to discover patterns of human behavior, as well as in applying psychological principles and techniques to solving social and individual problems.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-PSYC

Real-World Learning Components

Optional co-op, Optional internship(s), Research

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus with Distance Learning Options
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
1020 - 1200

Department

Psychology
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

4130 Edwards 1
PO Box 210376
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0376
Daniel Langmeyer
Email: psych.dept@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-5580

Student Success Factors

Psychology is a very broad discipline involving research and application in every aspect of living beings (human and animal). Skills that make for excellence in some aspect of psychology include: developing and carrying out empirical research (both applied and theoretical), interpreting results, communicating to others, listening, engaging, involving, showing an interest in others, observing and many more.

Career Possibilities

A BA in psychology can be a pre-professional degree, leading to graduate study in psychology and many other fields. The strong critical thinking skills, along with the abilities to research, write and understand human behavior, and acquiring skills to work with others developed in the BA curriculum are highly valued in a wide range of positions in industry, business, law and social services. The master's degree is generally the minimum professional degree for licensing or certification of psychologists who work in education, business, hospitals, clinics, prisons and private practice.

Career possibilities (some of which will require completion of graduate programs) include:

  • Human Resource professional
  • Caseworker
  • Clinical, research or school psychologist
  • College or university professor
  • Counselor
  • Mental health worker
  • Research psychologist
  • Marketing researcher

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The bachelor of arts in psychology is designed to introduce students to the rather wide range of current research and theory. The program is designed as a progression from breadth to depth so that students gain an understanding of the wide range of interest and application of psychology and then can choose particular areas for further study. Majoring in psychology demands that students acquire the ability to research a subject by gathering evidence and analyzing data using statistical methods. Students might employ these skills to research and analyze various subjects in a number of professional and academic settings. The bachelor of arts curriculum also requires students to learn and practice the skills of working with others individually and in groups.

During their first year in the program, students complete the Introduction to Psychology course in order to acquire a general understanding of the discipline. This course provides a historical overview of the study of psychology and its experimental methods, as well as a general understanding of clinical and social psychology.

All psychology majors must complete two courses in statistics and research methods, typically taken during the second year. Specifically, students must complete Introduction to Methods and Statistics (2001C and 2002C, 4 credit hours each). These courses give students the ability to perform research. After obtaining the ability to gather evidence and analyze results, students move into advanced psychology courses and apply their skills in various topics.

All psychology majors must take classes that expand areas studied in Introduction to Psychology, areas of experimental, social, personality and developmental psychology. These are areas of psychology that define the core of the discipline.

The bachelor of arts degree is distinguished from the bachelor of science degree in psychology by requiring courses in interpersonal and group skills and focusing more on the application of psychology to various settings in the community and industry.

During the third and fourth years in the program, students take upper-level courses in various topics of psychology. As students' interests develop, they choose advanced courses on various topics. Students intending to enter a graduate program in psychology will work closely with members of the faculty to conduct guided research in their area of interest. Students planning to pursue careers in other areas should complete coursework in topics related to their intended focus and further develop their analytical research skills. The psychology major has access to the 4+1 program in human resources which allows for the acquisition of the master's in human resources to be obtained with one year of courses work beyond the bachelor’s degree.

For questions regarding the major requirements and options, please contact the undergraduate advisor in 4130J Edwards, 513-556-5579 psycadvisor@uc.edu

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Human resources
  • Criminal justice
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sociology
  • Africana studies
  • Asian studies
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • History
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational leadership
  • Political science

Minor Details

The minor in psychology requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students must complete Introduction to Psychology, PSYC1001 3 credits. In addition, students must complete 15 credits of coursework in psychology at the 2000 level or above.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Psychology (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (not PSYC), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Psychology (BA) Major Requirements
    • PSYC1001, Introduction to Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2001C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I, QR, 4
    • PSYC2002C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II, QR, 4
    • PSYC2042, Psychology of Interpersonal Relations, 3
    • PSYC2xxx, One course at or above 2000 level, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Upper Level group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Social/Personality/Developmental group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Experimental group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Social Skills group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Capstone Research group below, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 31 - 36
    Groupings:
    Capstone Research
    • PSYC5050, Research Methods: Child Health and Mental Health, 3
    • PSYC5051, Research Methods: Community Research, 3
    • PSYC5052, Research Methods in Stress and Health, 3
    • PSYC5053, Research Methods: Children's Learning, 3
    • PSYC5054, Research Methods:Personality and Clinical Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5055, Research Methods: Perception and Action, 3
    • PSYC5056, Research Methods in Social Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5057, Research Methods: Cognitive Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5058, Research Methods in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5059, Research Methods: Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC5060, Research Methods: Human Factors, 3
    • PSYC5062, Research Methods: Evaluation of Educational Programs, 3
    Experimental
    • PSYC2020, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2025, Psychology of Development, Learning, and Change, SS, 3
    • PSYC2030, Sensation and Perception, NS, 3
    • PSYC2070, Psychobiology, NS, 3
    Social/Personality/Developmental
    • PSYC2005, Child and Adolescent Development, SS, 3
    • PSYC2007, Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, SS, 3
    • PSYC2015, Social Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2051, Abnormal Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2053, Personality, SS, 3
    Social Skills
    • PSYC3029, Psychology in the Workplace, 3
    • PSYC3065, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, 3
    • PSYC3095, Groups at Work, 3
    Upper Level
    • PSYC3011, Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3013, Political Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3020, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3022, Lifespan Brain Development, 3
    • PSYC3023, Psychological Measurement & Testing, 3
    • PSYC3024, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3
    • PSYC3025, Cognitive Science, 3
    • PSYC3026, Broken Brains, 3
    • PSYC3027, Principles of Behavior Modification, 3
    • PSYC3033, Developmental Issues in Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3034, Diversity and Health, 3
    • PSYC3035, Theories of Clinical Intervention, 3
    • PSYC3040, Choice and Decision Making, 3
    • PSYC3041, Cognition in the Wild, 3
    • PSYC3042, Philosophy of Psychology , HU, SS, 3
    • PSYC3043, Human Performance, 3
    • PSYC3044, Cognitive Development, 3
    • PSYC3045, Dynamics of Perception and Action, 3
    • PSYC3062, Brains on Drugs, 3
    • PSYC3066, Psychology of Stigma & Prejudice, 3
    • PSYC3070, Substance Use and Abuse, 3
    • PSYC3071, Special Topics in Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3072, Special Topics in Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3074, Special Topics in Experimental Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3075, Special Topics in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4001, Senior Seminar in Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4002, Senior Seminar in Experimental Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4003, Senior Seminar in Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC4004, Senior Seminar in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC6004, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 3
    • PSYC6022, Psychopharmacology, 3
    Psychology elective
    • PSYC2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 3
    2nd Stat/Methods
    • PSYC2002C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II, QR, 4
    • PSYC2004C, Research Methods & Stats II for I/O Psychology, QR, SS, 4

Psychology (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (not PSYC), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Psychology (BA) Major Requirements
    • PSYC1001, Introduction to Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2001C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I, QR, 4
    • PSYC2002C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II, QR, 4
    • PSYC2042, Psychology of Interpersonal Relations, 3
    • PSYC2xxx, One course at or above 2000 level, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Upper Level group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Social/Personality/Developmental group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from Experimental group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Social Skills group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Capstone Research group below, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 31 - 36
    Groupings:
    Core Psychology Courses
    • PSYC2015, Social Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2020, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2030, Sensation and Perception, NS, 3
    • PSYC2040, Developmental Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2051, Abnormal Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2053, Personality, SS, 3
    • PSYC2070, Psychobiology, NS, 3
    Social Skills
    • OLHR3053, Organizational Assessment and Evaluation, 3
    • OLHR3055, Organizational Development and Planning, 3
    • PSYC3029, Psychology in the Workplace, 3
    • PSYC3065, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, 3
    • PSYC3075, Special Topics in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3095, Groups at Work, 3
    Major Electives
    • PSYC2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 3
    Upper Level
    • PSYC3011, Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3020, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3023, Psychological Measurement & Testing, 3
    • PSYC3024, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3
    • PSYC3025, Cognitive Science, 3
    • PSYC3026, Broken Brains, 3
    • PSYC3027, Principles of Behavior Modification, 3
    • PSYC3033, Developmental Issues in Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3034, Diversity and Health, 3
    • PSYC3035, Theories of Clinical Intervention, 3
    • PSYC3040, Choice and Decision Making, 3
    • PSYC3041, Cognition in the Wild, 3
    • PSYC3042, Philosophy of Psychology , HU, SS, 3
    • PSYC3044, Cognitive Development, 3
    • PSYC3045, Dynamics of Perception and Action, 3
    • PSYC3046, Embodied Cognition, Action, and Perception, 3
    • PSYC3062, Brains on Drugs, 3
    • PSYC3066, Psychology of Stigma & Prejudice, 3
    • PSYC3071, Special Topics in Health Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3072, Special Topics in Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3074, Special Topics in Experimental Psychology, 3
    • PSYC3089C, Leadership Latte: Gender and Leadership in a Global Market, DC, SE, 3
    • PSYC4037, Senior Thesis Seminar, 3
    • PSYC6004, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 3
    Working With People
    • PSYC2096, Teaching Practicum, 1 - 6
    • PSYC3052, Fieldwork Practicum, 1 - 6
    • PSYC3057, Community Involvement, 3
    Working With Data (Capstone)
    • PSYC2098, Advanced Research Practicum, 1 - 6
    • PSYC4004, Senior Seminar in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4038, Senior Thesis, 1 - 6
    • PSYC5050, Research Methods: Child Health and Mental Health, 3
    • PSYC5051, Research Methods: Community Research, 3
    • PSYC5052, Research Methods in Stress and Health, 3
    • PSYC5053, Research Methods: Children's Learning, 3
    • PSYC5054, Research Methods:Personality and Clinical Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5055, Research Methods: Perception and Action, 3
    • PSYC5056, Research Methods in Social Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5057, Research Methods: Cognitive Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5058, Research Methods in Applied Psychology, 3
    • PSYC5059, Research Methods: Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC5062, Research Methods: Evaluation of Educational Programs, 3
    Second Research Methods Course
    • PSYC2002C, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II, QR, 4
    • PSYC2004C, Research Methods & Stats II for I/O Psychology, QR, SS, 4

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Honors Program
Qualified majors are automatically invited to participate in an honors program culminating in independent research. The department supports fieldwork and internships, as well as opportunities in research and teaching assisting. Students can also become involved in Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

 

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.