Psychology Curriculum

Students majoring in Psychology at Penn State Behrend can choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Science degree, which takes a quantitative approach favored by students who want to apply their degree within business or the sciences, or a Bachelor of Arts degree, which structures the major within a liberal arts framework.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Psychology bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest. 



  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Natural Science (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  14.5


  • Introduction to Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • Quantification Course (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15


  • Neurological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15


  • Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics in Psychology (4 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace/Science/Human Factors and Design Course (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  14.5

SEMESTERS 5, 6, 7, AND 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Upper-Division Courses
    All Psychology majors complete at least 3 credits of course work within the programs’ five domains—Biological Bases of Behavior, Developmental and Social Psychology, Cognition and Learning, Applied and Clinical Psychology, and Diversity—and a 13-credit sequence of Statistics in Psychology, Basic Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, and Professional Development.
  • *The B.A. in Psychology
    The typical course sequence is similar for the B.A. in Psychology. B.A. students must attain 12th credit-level proficiency in a foreign language, a requirement generally met during your first three semesters. B.A. students also take an additional Cultures course plus 9 credits in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, or quantification.
  • Human Factors and Design Option Courses
    Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering; Engineering Psychology and Introduction to Psychology of Perception or Introduction to Cognitive Psychology; 9 credits in Human Factors and Design course work; 3 credits in Quantification
  • Psychology in the Workplace Option Courses
    Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology; 15 credits in business-related course work; 3 credits in Quantification
  • Science Option Courses
    Introduction to Psychology of Perception; Neurological Bases of Human Behavior or Introduction to Psychology of Learning; 15 credits in science-related course work; 3 credits in Quantification

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See for specific degree requirements.