Undergraduate Programs


The Department of Psychology at Southern Miss Gulf Coast offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the undergraduate level.  The distinction between the two being that students seeking a BA in Psychology must take 9 hours of one foreign language, while students seeking a BS in Psychology must take 9 hours of additional general electives.  All other requirements are identical for both programs.

Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for your catalog year for additional useful information.

Bachelor of Arts degree plan

Bachelor of Science degree plan

Program Outcomes

The psychology major at Souther Miss Gulf Coast is based on the assumption that all psychology majors are expected to learn general areas of knowledge and skills.  Operating withing a liberal arts tradition, the Psychology BS/BA program introduces students to the content and methods of psychological science wthile providing strong training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.  Student learning outcomes follow the recommendations of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs (APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, 2007) and include the following:

  • Knowledge Base of Psychology:  Students demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology.
  • Research Methods:  Students understand and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critical Thinking Skills:  Students use critical thinking and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems.
  • Application of Psychology:  Students apply psychological principles to a variety of issues.
  • Values in Psychology:  Students weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Technological/Information Literacy:  Students demonstrate information competence and the abliity to use computers in their psychology major.
  • Communication Skills:  Students communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Sociocultural/International Awareness:  Students understand and respect diversity.
  • Personal Development:  Students develop insight into behavior and mental processes, and apply self-improvement strategies.
  • Career Planning and Development:  Students emerge from the major with well-developed plans for career or postgraduate education following graduation.