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Bachelor of Science: Psychology

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Tech despite the demanding curriculum emphasizing research and culminating with a senior thesis.

Our bachelor's degree program offers a broad range of courses to explore including: Developmental Psychology, Learning and Cognition, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Industrial\Organizational Psychology, Bio-Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Counseling, Experimental Psychology, and Data Analysis.

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  • Bachelor's Degree Requirements

    Students must take a total of 43 credit hours in psychology and are encouraged to sample courses in the diverse areas of the field to fulfill personal interests and explore vocational possibilities.

    The degree program has 39 elective credit hours for students to sample additional courses in psychology or other disciplines.

    Undergraduate Checklist  2021-22 Course Catalog

  • Minor in Psychology

    A minor in psychology consists of 15 hours of PSY courses and must include 6 Upper Division hours (3000 level or higher).

  • Human Behavior Data Analytics Certificate

    Psychology majors have the opportunity to receive extensive training in applied statistics, research design, and the interpretation of statistical relationships in human behavior.

    These skills are highly desirable in fields such as health care informatics. 

    Students who complete the courses below with an average GPA of 3.75 (in those courses) meet the criteria for the certificate.

    Courses – 16 hours

    PSY 3010 Statistics and Experimental Design
    PSY 3110 Experimental Psychology
    PSY 4930 Senior Thesis
    PSY 4931 Senior Thesis
    PSY 4600 Data Analytics in Psychology

  • Student Advisement

    Professional advisors have been trained to help you select courses and complete the registration process.

    Psychology majors are advised by the College of Education's Student Success Center each semester to register for classes.

    NOTE: Juniors and Seniors need to meet with their faculty mentor prior to registering for classes through the Student Success Center.

    Student Success Center 

    Located in the T.J. Farr Building
    Rooms 202 & 302 | 931-372-6036

  • Mentoring by Faculty

    Each student is assigned a faculty mentor when they become a psychology major.

    Our majors can meet with a faculty member to discuss career plans, courses to take for different career paths, graduate school, and opportunities to get involved in research and/or  psychology-related activities.

    Please contact one of the Student Success Center advisors to identify your faculty mentor or email Elizabeth Honeycutt, in the departmental office.

    Please make an appointment to talk with your faculty mentor in advance.

  • Applied Experience: Practicums, Field Trips, and Conferences

    In addition to the formal classroom and laboratory training, practicums are available for the students to gain experience and test their vocational aspirations in a variety of applied settings.

    We also have an active psychology club that invites guest speakers of interest, makes field trips, and attends state and/or regional psychological conventions.

    Tennessee Tech has a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

  • Instruction, Facilities, and Research

    The personal approach to research necessitates close contact with instructors and fosters an apprenticeship system. To facilitate this approach, research-oriented courses typically are small and have fewer than 15 students.

    The psychological laboratories are equipped for studies in group dynamics, learning, cognition, perception, development, human physiology, and industrial psychology. In addition, the laboratories include facilities for computerized data collection and analysis.

    This research training culminates in a senior thesis of the student's own design. Some of these research projects are presented at regional and national psychological conventions or published in scientific journals.

  • Fast Track to Your Graduate Degree

    Please contact your advisor to determine eligibility.

    The Fast Track program is designed to enable Tech undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework in Counseling and Psychology while still pursuing their undergraduate degree and to transition to the Counseling and Psychology graduate program smoothly, with accelerated completion.

    Up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework can be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

    These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech.
    Students who successfully complete the Fast Track program are exempt from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) graduate admission requirement.

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    Minimum Admission Requirements

    Enrolled as a Tech undergraduate Psychology major with senior standing;

    Overall GPA of at least 3.0 or better;

    Approval from our graduate faculty or graduate faculty advisor and Chairperson.


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