Psychology, BA

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology is designed to prepare students to become scientifically literate citizens who apply an understanding of scientific principles and findings to benefit the communities they belong to. Successful graduates of the BA in Psychology will be familiar with the major concepts, theories and historical trends of psychology, and can apply their understanding of these ideas and principles to solve problems relating to behavior and mental processes. Through their experiences inside and outside the classroom, students learn to apply what they learn about human behavior and mental processes to improve their personal and social well-being, and to advance their personal and career goals.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Psychology Requirements
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) (meets GE Mathematics requirement)3
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC) (meets GE Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
PSY 2400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
PSY 2100Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 2500Social Psychology3
PSY 3020Applied Research Methods in Psychology3
PSY 3460Health Psychology3
PSY 4000History of Psychology3
PSY 4920Capstone Seminar in Psychology3
Depth Content Area Requirements
Complete one (1) course each from at least three (3) Depth Content Area categories.
PSY 3200Development in Infancy & Childhood3
or PSY 3220 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
or PSY 3230 Adult Development & Aging
PSY 3712Human Learning & Memory3
or PSY 4140 Cognitive Neuroscience
or PSY 4150 Sensation & Perception
PSY 3320Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
or PSY 3440 Child & Family Mental Health
or PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling & Psychotherapy
or PSY 4350 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
PSY 3420Psy of Culture & Diversity3
or PSY 3700 Personality Theory
or PSY 4200 Psychology of Morality
PSY 3450Intro to Child Life Theory & Practice3
or PSY 4440 Addiction
or PSY 4510 Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Writing Intensive Requirements
Complete a minimum of 9 credits of Depth Content Area courses that are Writing Intensive (4000-level or higher). These Writing Intensive courses are not required to come from different Depth Content Areas, and the Writing Intensive courses may also fulfill the Depth Content Area requirements.
Psychology Electives
Complete a minimum of 12 credits of additional PSY courses; (9 credits must be upper-division)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline, Research Area, and Psychology Elective course.