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Program Overview

The undergraduate major in Psychology (BA or BS) can provide the foundation for further training in psychology at the graduate level, the background necessary for graduate training in other fields such as the health professions, social work or counseling, or the liberal arts background necessary for entry level positions in many fields such as business, communication, and human services and mental health positions. To function specifically as a psychologist, a graduate degree is required.

The Department of Psychological Sciences has several animal and human experimental laboratories furnished with a wide range of psychophysiological equipment. The department also operates three facilities (Community Psychological Services, the Center for Trauma Recovery, and Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis) which provide training opportunities for students in Psychology, as well as providing psychological assessment services for citizens of the region.

The BA in Psychology requires at least 34, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Department of Psychological Sciences. In addition, candidates for the BA are required to satisfactorily complete 13 credit hours in one foreign language. The BS in Psychology requires at least 37, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the department. No psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be applied to the major.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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