Undergraduate Program


The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in psychology. Both curriculums are designed to assure that the student acquires the basic skills needed to achieve a sophisticated understanding of the field, a broad grasp of the varied areas of inquiry that comprise psychology, and an opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of particular areas of interest. The B.A. is the most popular option and provides greater flexibility in course choices.

By the end of their degree, it is expected that Psychology students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Major Map

For guidance on activities that you should engage in on your path toward a psychology degree, we have developed a Major Map. Recommendations are provided for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Click on the image below to download a printable PDF.

Major Map Psychology


Preparing for graduate school

Undergraduates considering applying to the Master's program at UTPA should consider taking the courses listed here.