The Bachelor’s Degree

The Psychology department offers five concentrations within the major (listed below). Requirements for each concentration are linked.


All Psychology majors and minors should consult with the department advisor before registering for courses. The advisor helps students with the following issues:

Course scheduling (e.g., planning courses to take for upcoming semesters)
Petitions (e.g., waive a required course or request for upper-division credit)
Progress toward degree
Appeals (e.g., Appeal of Academic Suspension or Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form)

All Psychology majors should consult with their faculty advisor on the following issues:

Graduate school counseling (e.g., choosing the right graduate degree and program, the application process)
Career counseling (e.g., what job opportunities are there post-BA?)
Internship possibilities (e.g., should I do an internship? What internships are available?)

Admissions Requirements

Students at UIS with 30 or more credit hours and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale qualify for full admission to the Psychology major. Transfer GPA is used for students entering UIS with 30+ transferable hours. Institutional GPA at 30 hours is used for all other students. Students with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 can be granted conditional admission to the major, which permits enrollment in up to 12 semester hours of 300-level psychology courses during the first semester. The final decision on admission to the major for conditionally admitted students is made after completion of 12 hours of psychology courses at UIS. Those 300-level courses should be completed within two semesters of the conditional admission. The 2.5 GPA requirement is for entrance to the major. There is no required GPA to maintain the Psychology major.

Grading Policy

Psychology majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better in all Psychology courses to use them for completion of degree requirements (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted).

Assessment of Learning within the Discipline

All Psychology majors are required to complete, at program entry and exit, an assessment designed to evaluate scientific critical thinking skills, as well as a broad range of content knowledge and skill application within the discipline. PSY 301 Orientation and Entrance Assessment is a non-credit course used to track assessment completion at entry. Students must register for PSY 301 during their first semester of enrollment as Psychology majors. Students who do not complete the entrance assessment during their first semester will not be allowed to register for additional Psychology course work until the assessment has been completed. Students will complete the assessment a second time as part of the required, credit-bearing, capstone course PSY 471 Senior Seminar. Exit assessment scores are used for Psychology Department curriculum review and planning, and do not impact progress toward graduation.

Ethical Conduct

The Psychology department supports and adheres to the UIS Academic Integrity Policy (which can be found online at Students aware of cheating or plagiarism by others should report it to their advisors, another member of the department faculty, or the department chairperson. Possible sanctions for students who have been found to violate the Academic Integrity Policy are outlined in the policy.

Course Waiver Policy

Lower-division courses

Because academic work at the University of Illinois is considered to be a continuation of the student’s previous education, students who have earned a grade of B or better (grades of B- or lower will not be accepted) in a lower-division psychology course beyond an introductory psychology course at another institution (and have taken the course within the past six years) may petition to use it to waive the required course in a Psychology concentration. A waiver based on lower-division course work does not reduce the total number of credit hours required in the major.

Transfer Policy

Upper-division courses

Students must take at least 16 hours of psychology credit from UIS. Students who have earned a grade of C or better (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted) in upper-division psychology courses at other institutions within the past six years may, in consultation with an academic advisor, use those upper-division credits to reduce the total number of credit hours required for the Psychology major at UIS.

Degree Requirements

Psychology majors are required to take a minimum of 36 hours in Psychology. Eight of these hours must be PSY 302 Research Methods In Psychology (or its equivalent) and PSY 471 Senior Seminar. It is strongly recommended that PSY 302 be taken during the first semester and that PSY 471 be taken during the final semester. Students must save graded writing assignments from their courses for further use in PSY 471. The additional 28 hours will vary depending on the concentration selected or the individualized concentration designed by each student. All Psychology majors must declare their concentration selection by completing a Change of Curriculum form and submitting it to Records and Registration.

Degree Plan*

*Listed below is a SUGGESTED Degree Plan.  For OFFICIAL program information, please refer to the catalog content above and consult your academic advisor.

Year 1
Fall   Hours
ENG 1012 Rhetoric and College Writing 3
Freshman Seminar (Humanities)2 3
Visual/Performing Arts Humanities Requirement2 3
Math Skills2 3
General Education Requirement or Elective 3
  Hours 15
ENG 1022 College Writing and Civic Engagement 3
Comparative Societies (Social Sciences)2 3
Humanities2 3
COM 1122 Oral Communication 3
PSY 2011 Principles Of Psychology 3
  Hours 15
Year 2
Lab Science (life or physical science)2 4
Social Science2 3
PSY 3011 Orientation and Entrance Assessment 0
PSY Elective4 4
ECCE U.S. Communities3 3
  Hours 14
Social Science2 3
Math Applied2 3
PSY 3024 Research Methods In Psychology 4
ECCE Global Awareness3 3
Non-lab Science (life or physical science)2 3
  Hours 16
Year 3
Core Concentration Course4 4
Core Concentration Course4 4
PSY Elective4 4
Upper division elective or minor course 5 4
  Hours 16
Core Concentration Course4 4
Upper division elective or minor course 5 4
PSY 467
IPL 3003
ECCE: Specialized Internship Applied Learning 3
UNI 3013 ECCE: Speakers Series 1
Elective 3
  Hours 15
Year 4
PSY Elective4 4
Core Concentration Course4 4
Upper division elective or minor course5 3
Upper division elective or minor course 5 4
  Hours 15
PSY 4714 Senior Seminar 4
Elective or minor course5 3
Upper division elective or minor course5 4
Upper division elective or minor course5 4
  Hours 15
  Total Hours: 121

These courses are Lower Division Foundation course requirements – 3 hours


These courses fulfill General Education requirements – 43 Hours


Students must complete ECCEs in at least two of the three ECCE categories – U.S. Communities, Global Awareness, Engagement Experience, in addition to Speakers Series – 10 Hours


Psychology Major course work – 36 Hours


Upper Division Electives – minimum 12 hours that can be selected to earn a minor and can be outside of major