May 18, 2021  
2020-2021 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology, BA

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Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Behavior is anything an organism does that we can observe and record; examples include smiling, talking, yelling, and marking a questionnaire. Mental processes are internal subjective experiences we infer from behaviors, such as thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Dr. Kay Ketzenberger is the Chair of the Department of Psychology.

During their study at UTPB, psychology majors are expected to gain knowledge about theoretical perspectives and empirical findings across a wide range of topics, understand and apply research methods and statistics, develop critical and creative thinking skills, apply psychological principles to a wide range of activities, learn ethical principles that underlie psychological approaches, demonstrate competence with information technology, communicate effectively, understand and respect the complexity of socio-cultural diversity, understand avenues for personal development, and apply psychological principles in various occupations.

Psychology is an extremely broad discipline and provides students the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of careers or graduate school. For example, a major in Psychology can provide a liberal arts education with a broadened understanding of psychological functioning as it applies to the study of the simplest organisms to the most complex of human behavior. The major in Psychology is also useful for students preparing for advanced study in business administration, education, law, medicine, neuroscience, and social work. In addition, the major in Psychology is recommended for students planning careers in organizational settings (in both the public or private domain) focusing on personnel, industrial training, urban planning, information systems, or pure and applied research; or careers in community settings focusing on the juvenile justice system, adult probation and parole, recreation, and educational or clinical services to children, adolescents, the aged and handicapped.

Students who complete the psychology major often desire to enter professional careers in psychology which require advanced study beyond the bachelor’s level, such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial psychology, school psychology, research, and college teaching.

Psychology majors are encouraged to join the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the U. T. Permian Basin Chapter of the National Honor Society in Psychology. Membership information is available from the faculty advisors.

Degree Requirements

The minimum total credits required for a B. A. in psychology is 120.

  1. Read the UTPB catalog and understand all requirements for the B. A. degree. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with and fulfill all the requirements for the B. A. degree.
  2. Complete at least 120 semester credit hours for the B.A. degree.
  3. At least 48credits must be at the junior or senior level. At least 30 of these must be completed at U. T. Permian Basin.
  4. Obtain at least a C average in all General Education and minor courses, and at least a C grade for all courses in Psychology counting towards the degree. Maintain at least a C average in all courses counting toward the B. A. degree.
  5. As of 2007, students enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education as a freshman are not permitted to drop more than six (6) courses during their entire undergraduate career, including all transfer work taken at a Texas institution. (TX Administrative Code 4.10).

General Education Requirements (42 sch)

Communication (6 sch)

Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)

Component Area (3 sch)

Computer Use

All Psychology majors must demonstrate a basic use of computing through the completion of statistics (PSYC 3301 ) and research methods (PSYC 3404 ).


A minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor. At least 12 hours must be at the junior/senior level. Psychology majors cannot minor in Child and Family Studies.

Major Requirements

(A minimum of 36 credits in Psychology, (of which 30 sch must be upper level)

Required Courses Within Pairs of Courses (15-16 sch - 5 courses)

Each student is required to take at least one course from five of the following six pairs of courses. (PSYC 1301  is a prerequisite for all upper level PSYC courses):

Elective Psychology Courses (9 sch - 3 courses)

If the student completes extra courses under B above, then the extra courses may be counted as an elective under C.

To plan your long-term schedule it will be beneficial to know that PSYC 1301 , PSYC 3301 , PSYC 3404  and PSYC 4393  are taught each Fall and Spring and some Summers. The members of most of the six required pairs under B are offered in such a fashion that one member of each pair is offered each Fall and Spring semester. If one is taught in the Fall, the other tends to be taught in the Spring. Students majoring in Psychology who plan to pursue advanced study in psychology are encouraged to select PSYC 3303 , PSYC 3311 , PSYC 3321 , PSYC 3322 , PSYC 3341 , PSYC 4302 , PSYC 4304 , and PSYC 4351  from the choices below.

Other Electives (10-11 sch; to total 120 sch)

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