BA with a Major in Psychology–Applied Psychology Concentration

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Psychology degree requirements for the Applied Psychology Concentration are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements36
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours84
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology a4
PSCH 242Introduction to Research in Psychology3
PSCH 340Psychological Testing3
PSCH 343Statistical Methods in Behavioral Science b4
PSCH 385Field Work in Applied Psychology c6
Select at least one of the following:3
Behavioral Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Laboratory in Perception
Cognition and Memory
Laboratory in Cognition and Memory
Learning and Conditioning
Laboratory in Learning and Conditioning
Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Select at least one of the following: d3
Theories of Personality
Community Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Laboratory in Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Laboratory in Community and Prevention Research
Select at least one of the following:3
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Interviewing
Psychological Interventions
Psychology of Groups
Crisis Counseling Techniques I
Additional psychology courses for a minimum of 36 semester hours7
Total Hours36
a

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category. 

b

PSCH 343 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

c

PSCH 385 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

d

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine which of these courses are approved General Education courses. 

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign Language 4
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours14-16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Psychology Elective a 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PSCH 242 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
Psychology Selective b,c 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
PSCH 343 Statistical Methods in Behavioral Science d 4
Psychology Selective b, c 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PSCH 340 Psychological Testing 3
Psychology Elective e 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PSCH 330
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
or Psychology of Interviewing
or Psychological Interventions
or Psychology of Groups
or Crisis Counseling Techniques I
3
Psychology Elective e 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSCH 385 Field Work in Applied Psychology f 6
Electives 8
 Hours14
 Total Hours120
a

Psychology electives taken at this time are restricted to the 200-level, as 300-level PSCH courses cannot be taken until PSCH 242 is completed with a C or better.

b

At least one course must be taken from PSCH 262, PSCH 350, PSCH 351, PSCH 352, PSCH 353, PSCH 360, PSCH 361, PSCH 363, and PSCH 366. Consult a departmental advisor when choosing courses. 

c

At least one course must be taken from PSCH 210, PSCH 231, PSCH 270, PSCH 312, PSCH 313, PSCH 320, PSCH 321, PSCH 324, and PSCH 331. Consult a departmental advisor when choosing courses. 

d

A grade of C or better in PSCH 343 satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.  

e

A combined maximum of 8 hours of credit in PSCH 396, PSCH 397and PSCH 399 can be applied toward the degree.