Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Course Repeats

The following courses may not be repeated more than once: PSY103, PSY333/L, PSY335, PSY353/L, PSY354/L, PSY444, PSY445


    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) – CI
    • PSY333/L Statistics for Psychology and Social Sciences (4) – CT; QL
    • PSY335 Junior Seminar in Psychology (3)
    • PSY353/L Research Methods in Psychology (4)
    • PSY354/L Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (4) – RP:ILIT; WI
      • PSY444 Senior Thesis (3) – ILIT; RP; WI OR
      • PSY445 Senior Capstone Practicum (3)
    • Additional Required courses (24 credits)

      • PSY210 Social Psychology (3)-CT; CI
      • PSY215 Cognitive Psychology (3)
      • PSY219 Psychology of Mental Illness (3)-CT
      • SELECT ONE course from each AREA (9 credits): (students must have completed at least one 200 level course before taking any 300 level courses):
        • Social/Personality/Developmental Area:
          • PSY218 Personality Psychology (3)
          • PSY220 Life Span Development (3)
          • PSY214 Psychology of Adolescence (3)-CT
          • PSY301 The Psychology of Human Sexuality and Sexual Health (3) -CT
          • PSY318 Heros, Healers, and Do-Gooders: The Psychology of Helping and Altruism (3) -CI
        • Cognitive/Biological Area:
          • PSY216  Learning and Behavioral Modification (3)
          • PSY217 Sensation and Perception (3)-CT
          • PSY314 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)- CT; CI
          • PSY380 Drugs & Behavior (3) – CT
        • Clinical/Applied Area:
          • PSY231 Behavioral Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence(3)
          • PSY306 Forensic Psychology (3)-CT
          • PSY308 Health Psychology (3) – CT
          • PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3)
          • PSY309 Assessment in Psychology and Education (3)
      • SELECT ONE additional elective course from any of the above 3 AREAS (3 credits).  Additionally, PSY457 – Independent Research Study may be substituted as this elective course.
      • SELECT ONE  Psychology Course or additional Capstone course (3 credits): Pre-requisites for this requirement are: completion of PSY103, and completion of a minimum of 55 credits
        • PSY391 Psychology and Culture (3) -CT;CI
        • PSY393 The Origins of Psychology (3)
        • PSY444 Senior Thesis (3) – ILIT; RP; WI (if not already completed above)
        • PSY445 Senior Practicum in Psychology (3) (if not already completed above)


  • CMP101 English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • Mathematics, Sciences: (Required)
    • Mathematics: must be 100 level or higher (3)
    • Natural Science:  Select from courses in: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, natural science, physics (3)

Note: Forensic Science 101 may also fulfill the Natural Science requirement for Psychology Majors.

  • Foreign Language and Core Electives: 33 credits
  • NOTE: Courses count as core only if the credits completed have a competency. If a course does not have a competency, it will fulfill the particular requirement but will count under the Free Electives, AND an additional 3 credits in Core Electives must be taken for each course which does not have a competency.
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination. A complete description of the requirement is available in the Modern Languages section of the Daemen catalog.


Courses used to fulfill free electives may have a competency but courses are not required to have a competency to fulfill the free elective requirement. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in Psychology courses.


Admission to Upper Division Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C- in PSY333/L
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in the major.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C- in PSY333/L; PSY335; PSY353/L; PSY354/L; PSY444 OR PSY445
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in the major.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BA, Psychology  or BA, Psychology Pre-Med Track, from the Psychological Sciences Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.