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College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology

200+

Graduates per year

37

Credit hours required by major

150+

Students doing independent research per year

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Psychology is the scientific study of all aspects of human behavior. Topics studied by psychologists include: brain function, moods and feelings, normal and abnormal thought processes, personality, interactions among people, and many more. Training in psychology emphasizes research skills, critical thinking abilities, and communication skills. Because these competencies are relevant to many domains, training in psychology provides a good foundation for many different careers.

Careers

Grow Your Future

A bachelors degree (B.A. and B.S.) in Psychology is a versatile undergraduate degree that helps psychology majors gain a wide range of knowledge and skills. Psychology majors are able to: conduct various types of research, evaluate arguments and make decisions based on evidence, apply research skills to personal and professional domains, take human biases into account when making decisions, convey information effectively in written and oral communication and work in diverse groups to achieve common goals.

Career opportunities in Arts & Sciences

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Market Analyst
  • Counselor 
  • Advertising Agent
  • Physician
  • Personnel Administrator
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Educator
  • Researcher 
  • Criminal Profiler 
  • Lawyer

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Psychology (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY4

    An introduction to the study of behavior covering theories, methods and findings of research in major areas of psychology. Topics covered will include the biological foundations of behavior; learning, perception, motivation, personality; developmental, abnormal, and social behavior; and methods of assessment. This course is a prerequisite to a significant number of courses in this and related areas of study. Lecture, three hours; laboratory/discussion, two hours.

  • PSY 195 - ORIENTATION TO PSYCHOLOGY1

    An orientation to educational issues and career planning for students who have declared psychology as a major. Topics include career paths and opportunities, professional resources and issues, and educational planning. Pass/Fail only.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • PSY 215 - EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY4

    A study of the application of scientific methods to psychological research. Special emphasis is placed on the critical evaluation of contemporary research in experimental psychology. Particular attention is focused on the design, execution, and written report of laboratory research. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total14
    • Total Freshman Hours29

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 216 - APPLICATIONS OF STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY.4

    An introduction to statistical procedures used in making decisions based on psychological data. May not be used to satisfy the laboratory requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours.

  • Major Core Selection3
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • PSY 312 - BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR3

    An introduction to structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system. The emphasis is on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior. Topics range from simple structures and behaviors to more complex functions. The biological basis of normal and abnormal behavior is explored from a multidisciplinary perspective.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Major Core Selection3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Major Core Selection3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 456 - BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE4

    An intensive investigation of the neural basis of behavior using an integrated lecture and laboratory format. Principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology are applied to behavioral processes such as perception, movement, learning, motivation and emotion. Lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, two hours per week. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • PSY 565 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Advanced coverage of recent research within the field of behavioral neuroscience. The course will provide in-depth coverage of one topic, such as developmental psychobiology, neurobiology of learning and memory, or the biological basis of reward. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Psychology (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY4

    An introduction to the study of behavior covering theories, methods and findings of research in major areas of psychology. Topics covered will include the biological foundations of behavior; learning, perception, motivation, personality; developmental, abnormal, and social behavior; and methods of assessment. This course is a prerequisite to a significant number of courses in this and related areas of study. Lecture, three hours; laboratory/discussion, two hours.

  • PSY 195 - ORIENTATION TO PSYCHOLOGY1

    An orientation to educational issues and career planning for students who have declared psychology as a major. Topics include career paths and opportunities, professional resources and issues, and educational planning. Pass/Fail only.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • PSY 215 - EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY4

    A study of the application of scientific methods to psychological research. Special emphasis is placed on the critical evaluation of contemporary research in experimental psychology. Particular attention is focused on the design, execution, and written report of laboratory research. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total14
    • Total Freshman Hours29

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 216 - APPLICATIONS OF STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY.4

    An introduction to statistical procedures used in making decisions based on psychological data. May not be used to satisfy the laboratory requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours.

  • Major Core Selection3
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Major Core Selection3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Major Core Selection3
  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Psychology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Major Core Selection3
  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Psychology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Advanced Lecture/Lab3
  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Psychology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Capstone3
  • Psychology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Psychology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Psychology majors receive a broad education, taking courses in every major disciplinary category in psychology. The program provides course work emphasizing the fundamental concepts and techniques of this basic behavioral science. In addition, some students conduct original research with our faculty, experiences that often go beyond the discipline of psychology into our faculty’s collaborations in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, engineering, communications, and education. Students go on to success in the field of psychology, but also medicine, law, and many other career paths.

 
Psychology B.A. Four Year Plan Psychology B.S. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts & Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

*Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology must complete 60 hours of Math and Science Coursework.

UK Core Requirements

The UK Core is composed of the equivalent of 30 credit hours in 10 course areas that address four broad learning outcomes.

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Premajor Requirements 

  • PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent) [3-4 hours]
  • PSY 195 - Orientation to Psychology [1 hour]
  • PSY 215 - Experimental Psychology [4 hours]

Total Credit Hours: 8-9

Major Requirements 

Requirement One

  • ​PSY 216 Applications of Statistics in Psychology [4 hours]

Requirement Two - Four of the following courses must be completed

  • PSY 223 Developmental Psychology [3 hours]
  • PSY 311 Learning and Cognition [3 hours]
  • PSY 312 Brain and Behavior [3 hours]
  • PSY 313 Personality and Individual Differences [3 hours]
  • PSY 314 Social Psychology and Cultural Processes [3 hours]

Requirement Three - One of the following advances lecture/labs

PSY 427,430, 440, 450, 456, 460, 552.

Requirement Four - One of the following capstone options

PSY 495 and 496, 499, 500, 534, 535, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566

Total Credit Hours - 37


A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu


Featured Career

Psychologists

Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$70,700

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

173,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

32,500

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Some psychologists work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.

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