Undergraduate Degrees Offered

The Psychology Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree option at the undergraduate level.

These programs are distinguished by the inclusion or absence of a foreign language. For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, students must take 9 hours of one foreign language. For the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, the student is not required to take a foreign language and, instead, completes additional general electives for those 9 hours. Except for this distinction, the same basic requirements must be met for both degree programs (124 credit hours and the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0).


Requirements for the BA/BS in Psychology

To earn an undergraduate degree in psychology, students must fulfill requirements of The University of Southern Mississippi and the Department of Psychology. A total of 124 hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 are needed to graduate. At least 62 hours must be earned from a senior college and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or 400. The last 32 hours of course work must be earned from The University of Southern Mississippi. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from The University of Southern Mississippi.

The best source of information regarding basic college requirements as they apply to you is the USM Undergraduate Bulletin. Since the requirements change from year to year, select the Bulletin of your catalog year.

Minor in Psychology

  • Students pursuing a minor in psychology must complete PSY 110 and 18 hours of additional courses (200 level and above), with the exception of PSY 301, 462, 463, 492, 493, and 498.

Course Descriptions


For information about Graduate Degree offerings in the Department, see the Gradaute Programs listed in the menu.