College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Majoring and Minoring in Psychology


Majoring in Psychology

Why a Degree in Psychology?

Many students enter college unsure of what their future major may be. Your freshman year is an excellent time to explore a number of different interests that may, or may not, evolve into a future career. Assuming that psychology is among your interest areas, enroll in Psych 105: Introductory Psychology during your freshman year to learn more about this diverse and exciting discipline. Psych 105 will give you a better idea of what psychology “is,” what psychologists “do,” and whether or not a degree in psychology is really something that interests you

Bachelors of Science Psychology Majors

You may certify as a B.S. in psychology major upon completion of 30 credit hours, a 2.5 GPA and a grade of  "c-" or better in Psych 311. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 30 credits of Psychology.Students are required to take a minimum of 10 credit hours of psychology in residence at Washington State University and must maintain a cumulative and Psychology GPA of 2.0. If you intend to waive the foreign language requirement at the college level, you must provide the Psychology Department with a high school transcript showing 2 years of foreign language or junior high transcript with 3 years completion.
Deciding whether or not to pursue post-baccalaureate training is a huge decision, and it is a decision that you should really think seriously about before making your choice. Working in areas such as school counseling, psychotherapy, or clinical psychology will require training beyond the undergraduate level (i.e., MA, MS, PhD, PsyD). However, there are lots of interesting and fulfilling jobs open to psychology majors with only a Bachelors degree in psychology. It may be that your future career plans do not require graduate training, and if this is the case, it makes very little sense to invest the time, energy and money that graduate school will require.

Use the following form to track your progress.

Are you looking to major in psychology in conjunction with another major? Here is some useful information.

Are you looking to get a second degree in psychology? Check out the link below.

Requirements for transferring credits are outlined in the link below.

Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychology may be certified after completion of 60 semester hours. It requires 18 credit hours in Psych; of which at least 9 must be taken at WSU and at least 9 must be in graded 300-400 level courses. Psychology courses must be taken for a letter grade, except for Psych 445, 497, 498 and 499.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 or higher is required in all coursework used for the minor.

Psych 105 or 198 is REQUIRED, and a statistics (311) or research methods (312) course is strongly recommended.

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