Department of Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

  1. Students will describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  2. Students will develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
  3. Students will describe applications of psychology.
  4. Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  5. Students will demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  6. Students will engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
  7. Students will interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
  8. Students will incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.
  9. Students will have developed ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  10. Students will demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  11. Students will apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation to develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Curriculum in Psychology

The Psychology Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Students must complete 30 hours with a grade of C or better in each course in their major; at least 15 of these hours must be earned at UNO. In addition, a grade of C or better is required in ENGL 1158 and each science and math course taken for degree credit.

College of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    BIOS or Physical Science2  6
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL Sequence3  6
Mathematics    Literature3  3
MATH 1125 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1126 3  Social Science Electives4  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS2 3  Arts Elective3  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CSCI 1000 3  Science Electives4  5
Humanities Elective5 3  Social Science Electives (2000+)  6
Literature 3  Other Electives  20
Science Labs6 2  PSYC Electives7  9
    Total 51
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
PSYC 1000  3  Required Psychology Electives8  18
PSYC 2310  3  PSYC 4000 (exit exam)  0
PSYC 3300  3    
PSYC 4010  3    
    Total 30
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirements
Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1.  "C" or better required
  2. 9 hours in science to include a 6 hour sequence in one science and 3 hours in another. One of the sciences must be BIOS and the other must be CHEM, EES, or PHYS. Select the 6 hour sequence from BIOS 1073 and 1083 (recommended), or CHEM 1017 and 1018, or PHYS 1031 and 1032, or PHYS 1061 and 1062.
  3. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. Select from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, SOC, or URBN. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Humanities Electives - FTA, ENGL, Foreign Language, HIST, PHIL, or WGS.
  6. Select science labs that correspond with the 6 hour science sequence taken for general education requirements. Select from BIOS 1071 and 1081, or CHEM 1007 and 1008, or PHYS 1033 and 1034, or PHYS 1063 and 1065.
  7. Elective hours of Psychology may be chosen from any course in PSYC not counted in the Major Requirements (including but not limited to PSYC 1500, 1520, 2091, 3090, 3095, 3099, 4091).
  8. 7.8. Required hours of Psychology must include six courses, meeting the following criteria: at least one course from each group; and at least three of the six courses must be at the 3000- 4000 level.
      Group 1. Psychology 2100, 2110, 2120, 2200,3130, 4600
      Group 2. Psychology 2380, 2400, 4310,4510,4530, 4550, 4700
      Group 3. Psychology 2340, 3320,4320, 4330,4350,4365

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 1115/1125  3  MATH 1116/1126  3
Foreign Language 1001  3  Foreign Language 1002  3
Social Science Elective  3  PSYC 2310  3
PSYC 1000  3  2000 Level Required Psychology  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PSYC 3300  3  2000 Level Required Psychology  3
2000 Level Required Psychology  3  Social Science Elective- 2000+Level  3
Social Science Elective  3  Arts or Humanities Elective  3
Arts or Humanities Elective  3  Literature  3
Science Sequence (Lecture & Lab)  4  Science Sequence (Lecture & Lab)  4
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Psychology Elective  3  4000 level Required Psychology  3
Social Science Elective 2000 level +  3  Psychology Elective  3
CSCI 1000  3  Science Elective  3
BIOS  3  Elective  3
Arts Elective  3  Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
4000 level Required Psychology  3  PSYC 4000 (Exit Exam)  0
PSYC 4010  3  4000 level Required Psychology  3
Science Elective  3  Psychology Elective  3
Elective  3  Elective  3
Elective  3  Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 12
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Psychology

For an undergraduate minor in psychology, a minimum of 18 credit hours is required, including Psychology 1000 and at least three 3000-4000-level courses (nine hours). For a student transferring from another university, at least nine of the 18 hours must be earned at UNO. A student may not use credit in both Psychology 1500 and 1520 toward the minor. A grade of C or better in psychology courses must be achieved in order to have the minor listed on the student transcript.

Honors in Psychology

An honors program is available to superior students majoring in psychology. Successful completion of the program results in graduation with Honors in Psychology. For admission to the program, a student must have grade-point averages of at least 3.25 cumulative and at least 3.5 in psychology courses and must have permission of the department and the Honors Program director. Before graduation, the student must take six hours of Senior Thesis (Psychology 3099), resulting in an acceptable honors thesis.