Mar 22, 2018  
2013-2014 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology

Psychology (B.A.)

Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours


Semester Hours required for the Psychology Major: 36-39 semester hours depending on the Math requirement

Criteria for admission to the Psychology Major:

  1. Completion of MAT 1271 or higher level math course, with a grade of C or better; or ACT mathematics score of 26 or higher.
  2. Completion of PSY 1879G (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.

The requirements of the Psychology BA are composed of core courses; selected courses from the Abnormal/Social, Biopsychology, Cognitive/Learning, and Development groups; and electives.

Core Courses for the Psychology Major: 15-18 semester hours depending on the Math requirement

One of the following courses to meet the capstone requirement (See footnote 1) – 3 hours

Group A. Abnormal/Social Group – 6 hours

At least two courses from

Group B. Biopsychology Group – 3 hours

At least one course from

Group C. Cognitive/Learning Group – 3 hours

At least one course from

Group D. Developmental Group – 3 hours

At least one course from

Electives – 6 hours

Six semester hours from any Psychology Courses2 except Psychology 4274 and 4275.


1 Capstone Requirement: Graduation with a major in psychology requires the completion of a capstone experience entailing four components:

1. Oral presentation of information about psychology

2. Engagement with original primary literature in psychology

3. Written communication of information about psychology

4. Critical and integrative thinking about psychology   

The capstone requirement must be met after the student has completed 90 semester hours and PSY 3805 - Research Methods and Experimental Design, with a grade of C or better.

The capstone requirement may also be met by completing individual components in other classes, or by non-class activities. In-class activities must be approved as capstone components ahead of time by the class instructor. Other activities must have the approval of the department chair. See the Psychology Department website ( for examples of activities that may qualify as components of the capstone requirement.

2 No more than 3 semester hours each of PSY 3900A-E or PSY 4100A-E may count toward this requirement.

A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting towards the Major.

(Major GPA based on all psychology courses taken at EIU)

Majors are required to complete the department’s exit evaluation at least 10 days prior to the closing date of the last term of graduation.