Major in Psychology

If you are pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology at NIU, you must choose to get a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) degree. Course requirements are the same for the B.A. and B.S. degrees, but there are substantial differences between the degrees with respect to required course work outside of the department.

To declare psychology as your major, meet with an advisor and then complete the "Major Request" form.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Check the NIU Catalog for university and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for a B.A. degree. 

Requirements

  • PSYC 102
  • STAT 100 (formerly STAT 208), STAT 200 (formerly STAT 301), or STAT 300 (formerly STAT 350)
  • PSYC 305 (must get a C or better in STAT course before taking PSYC 305)
  • Any two psychology lab courses (see prerequisites)
  • 21 psychology elective hours:
    • 15 must be in 300-400 level courses
    • No more than six of the 21 hours may be in 100-200 level courses
    • Three hours of PSYC  485 (Independent Study) may be included as electives
  • Two years of college-level foreign language credits (or four years of high school foreign language)

Download or print a B.A. advising worksheet

Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.)

Check the NIU Catalog for University and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for a B.S. degree.

Requirements

  • PSYC 102
  • STAT 100 (STAT 208), STAT 200* (formerly STAT 301), or STAT 300* (formerly STAT 350)* also counts toward the B.S. requirements)

PSYC 305 (must get a C or better in STAT course before taking PSYC 305)

  • Any two psychology lab courses (see prerequisites)
  • 21 psychology elective hours
    • 15 must be in 300-400 level courses
    • No more than six of the 21 hours may be in 100-200 level courses
    • Three hours of PSYC 485 (Independent Study) may be included as electives
  • You must choose a total of four courses from at least two groups:
    • Group A Math: MATH 206 or MATH 210, MATH 211 or MATH 229, MATH 230, MATH 232, MATH 240
    • Group B Computation: CSCI 240, STAT 200 [formerly STAT 301], STAT 300 [formerly STAT 350]
    • Group C Lab Sciences: BIOS 103 and 105, BIOS 208 and 210, BIOS 209 and 211, BIOS 213, BIOS 357, CHEM 210 and 212, CHEM 211 and 213, GEOG 101 and 102, GEOG 105 and 106, GEOG 256, GEOG 302, GEOG 359, GEOL 120 and 121, GEOL 320, MET 300, PHYS 210, PHYS 211, PHYS 253, PHYS 273

Download or print a B.S. advising worksheet

Contact Us

Department of Psychology
Psychology-Computer Science Building, room 400
815-753-0372
815-753-8088 (fax) 

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Demaray, Ph.D.
815-753-7077
mkdemaray@niu.edu

Administrative Aide
Louise Calderone
815-753-7064
lcalderone@niu.edu