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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.

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Major Eligibility Requirements

Effective fall semester 2014, to be eligible for the Psychology major and to enroll in 3000 and 4000 level Psyc courses, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete all courses with the Psyc prefix designated in Psychology’s Area F and
  • Earn a 2.3 grade-point average in all Psyc courses counting toward the Area F requirements (with a minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 1101 ). This GPA will be calculated based on the first attempt at Georgia State University at PSYC 1101  and the first two Psyc Area F courses taken. WFs counts as an attempt. Ws do not count as attempts. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State, may use the grades in the transferred course(s) to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them once at Georgia State.
  • Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.
  • If a student has a grade of K in PSYC 1101 , the course is equated to a grade of ‘B’ for major eligibility GPA calculations.

Once students are eligible to take 3000- and 4000-level Psychology courses, they remain eligible to take them as long as they are eligible to enroll at Georgia State University and satisfy other psychology program requirements.

This requirement applies to students entering or re-entering the university in fall 2014 or thereafter, or to students who choose to follow the Psychology program requirements in the undergraduate catalog for 2014-15 or thereafter.

Students in majors other than Psychology, including those minoring in Psychology, may enroll in 3000-and 4000-level courses as long as they meet any pre-requisites for the specific course.

College and University Degree Requirements

In addition to the Major Eligibility Requirements for Psychology, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see College of Arts and Sciences ) and the University Degree Requirements (see University Degree Requirements and Graduation ).

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Recommended course:

  • PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Biological Psychology 3 Hours

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18 Hours)

Psychology majors must have a 2.3 grade-point average in the first attempt at PSYC 1101  and the next two Psychology Area F courses attempted (with a minimum grade of C in PSYC 1101) to be eligible to take 3000- and 4000-level Psyc courses. Only the first attempt at these three courses is considered in computing Area F GPA (see Major Eligibility Requirements).

B.S. Degree

Students must take nine semester hours from the courses listed below. We strongly recommend a two-course laboratory sequence in Principles of Biology, Survey of Chemistry, or Introduction to Physics.

Area G: Major Courses (32 Hours)

The Department of Psychology offers a general program in psychology plus concentration in specific areas of psychology. The general program offers the most choice in courses for a degree in psychology. Concentrations have more restrictive curricula than the general program and are intended to prepare students for a specific career path. Most students will be in the general program. Students planning graduate school or other advanced training in an area related to one of the concentrations should consider applying for admission to that concentration.

Program Academic Regulations

Before taking upper-division courses, students must have completed 60 hours or have the permission of the instructor.

All majors must complete the courses in Area G, as specified below. Concentrations have specific requirements (for more details see the concentration requirements that are listed after the area requirements). Majors who meet the requirements in Area G and do not choose to pursue a concentration will graduate in the general program.

University Grade-Point Average and Grade Requirements

Georgia State University undergraduate students must achieve an overall institutional grade-point average of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0 in Areas G and H to receive a bachelor’s degree from the university. Grades of C- can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher. (See 1460 GPA Requirement  for additional information.)


Psychology majors wishing to graduate in a concentration must meet the requirements for graduation listed below. They also must meet all general program requirements listed above. Students must complete all lower-division requirements prior to beginning a concentration. Students completing a concentration will receive a certificate and will have an appropriate annotation placed on their transcript.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

Students majoring in psychology are not required to take a minor.

Online Program

The Department of Psychology offers an online completion program for students who hold an Associate’s Degree in Psychology. Visit for additional information.

Additional Opportunities

Honors College and Psi Chi

The department participates in the Honors College and sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Qualified students are encouraged to participate in these programs. The diplomas of students who complete the University Honors College indicate that they graduate with honors in psychology.

Graduation with Distinction in Psychology

Departmental distinction is separate from the Honors College. Faculty members may nominate majors who have an overall average of at least 3.5 and who have demonstrated outstanding research, leadership, or service to the department for graduation with distinction. More information about graduation with distinction is available in the department.

Students should consult the department’s website to learn about extracurricular activities than can enhance the psychology major experience.

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