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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department

Undergraduate Program Requirements

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University stresses both graduate and undergraduate education. The department's 40 plus faculty members teach a range of entry-level, mid-range and advanced courses in both basic areas of psychology (research design and analysis, developmental, social, psychobiology) and applied areas (abnormal processes, stress and adjustment, industrial psychology). Psychology is housed within the College of Humanities and Sciences, and graduates of the undergraduate program receive a Bachelor of Science degree with broad training in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as a specialization in psychology.

Curriculum

VCU has published its official Undergraduate Bulletin online.

Summary of Degree Requirements – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 30 of those credits in psychology. However, no more than 40 credits in psychology may be presented for graduation for the Bachelor of Science degree. This limit does not apply to courses numbered 490 and above. At least 15 of the 30 required credits must be taken at VCU. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in psychology courses.

The required core curriculum consists of an introduction to psychology (PSYC 101), a study of statistical applications in the psychology field (PSYC 214), and an overview of experimental methods (PSYC 317). A minimum grade of "C" is required in each. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin (above under the heading 'Curriculum') or the undergraduate psychology advising office for prerequisites to these courses.

In the standard curriculum, students complete at least one course from each of the following four content areas:

  • Developmental
  • Physiological/Learning
  • Self-development/Applied
  • Social/Personality

*Plus two PSYC electives of their choosing from the domains above. 

Psychology majors are also required to complete a senior capstone course in the history of psychology (PSYC 451). Students must be at senior level and have earned at least 85 credits toward their degree before they register for this course.

Concentrations in Psychology

Although the majority of psychology majors complete the standard curriculum, there are five concentrations available. Students may request to add one of the concentrations listed below in lieu of the standard curriculum by completing the Change of Major/Minor/Concentration form* and returning it to PSYUGRAD Advising for an advisor's signature. (*Email psyugrad@vcu.edu for the link to the form.)

The  concentrations represent curricula focused on special strengths of the Department of Psychology, and may prepare the student for psychological work not requiring the Ph.D.

  • Addiction Studies Concentration
  • Life Science Concentration
  • Graduate School Concentration
  • Applied Psychology Concentration
  • Urban Psychology Concentration
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