Jun 14, 2024  
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology B.S.

Location(s): Online, Tahlequah, Broken Arrow

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OSRHE Program Code: 072
CIP Code 422799
Major Code: 6756

Transfer Agreements


A psychology degree prepares students to pursue careers in both liberal arts and scientific fields, depending on personal interests. Common career paths for individuals who comlete the degree include careers in public and private healthcare, education, mental health support, social work, therapy, and counseling. Many of these careers require advanced preparation for licensure and credentialing, and the bachelor’s degree provides a strong foundation for future study. NSU’s undergraduate degree consists of 25 hours of required psychology courses, in which a minimum “C” grade is required in each course, and 18 hours of upper level (3000/4000) psychology electives for a total of 43 hours.  Psychology majors are required to select a minor consisting of 18 hours in a discipline other than psychology or a second major.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thining, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve programs related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  5. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  6. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Psychology General Education Requirements

The following are course prerequisites or major requirements that may be completed as part of the General Education requirements.  PSYC 1113 fulfills a Social and Behavioral sciences requirement as well as a major requirement.

Psychology Core - 25 hours

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each core course. Credit hours earned from NSU or transfer courses with grades lower than “C” will not apply toward the major core requirements.

Major Total - 43 hours

Minor - 18 hours

A minor is required for the Psychology major.

Other Major Requirements

Program assessment is required of all NSU academic departments for purposes of planning continuous improvement and meeting accreditation requirements. Psychology majors complete PSYC program assessment components for students in their final semester before graduation.


The first digit of NSU course numbers identifies the student status level for which the course is primarily intended (1000s primarily for freshmen, 2000s primarily for sophomores, 3000s primarily for juniors, and 4000s primarily for seniors).  The last digit indicates the number of semester hours of credit to be earned. Zero as the last digit indicates multiple offerings for varying credit hours.

Higher-numbered courses are to be taken after development of strong critical thinking, communication, and study skills in the General Education requirements as well as a solid knowledge base in Psychology in lower-numbered Psychology core requirements.  Students should not enroll in courses more than one level above student status (that is, freshmen should not attempt 3000- and 4000-level courses, and sophomores should not attempt 4000‑level courses) without consultation with the advisor.

Additional Degree Information - College of Education

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.A.Ed. and B.S.Ed. degrees require at least 40 hours.  B.S. degrees require at least 55 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

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