17. Are there any special recommendations about completing the requirements for the psychology major?
18. Are there any special recommendations about completing the requirements for the neuroscience major?
The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience offers three undergraduate degrees:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Neuroscience.
The B.A. and B.S. degrees in Psychology both provide liberal arts education with required courses in the humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science. The B.A. degree has a greater emphasis on the humanities and the B.S. degree has a greater emphasis on science and mathematics. The choice of the B.A. degree versus the B.S. degree is more a matter of your interests and abilities than a career choice, as most careers are equally accessible with the B.A. or the B.S.
Graduate and professional schools in psychology and other disciplines place much greater emphasis on the courses you take, your grade point average, and career-related experience than on whether your degree is a B.A. or a B.S. Approximately 85% of our majors earn the B.A. degree.
The pre-major is a collection of core courses that incoming students must complete prior to being admitted to either the PSY or NSC major. The material covered in these courses provides a broad introduction to psychological science that provides the foundation for more focused and detailed study as you progress through the major. The core courses of the pre-major are designed to present the material in sequence, which prevents you from getting overwhelmed or "in over your head."
Starting as a pre-major serves several purposes. First, it allows you to develop a solid discipline-specific knowledge base before progressing to more sophisticated concepts. Through this exposure, you are also better equipped to determine whether this major is the best fit for you academically. Second, it provides a clear map of a student's sequence of courses. Finally, our departmental research shows that students who struggle in these early courses are likely to struggle throughout the duration of the major. A poor GPA can have long-term consequences in terms of your post-baccalaureate plans such as finding employment or gaining admission into graduate or professional school. Therefore, we want to provide that feedback very early in a student's college experience, in order to allow that student time to find a more suitable major. For more information- click here.
For information on becoming a BA/BS Psychology major, please click here.
For information on becoming a BS Neuroscience major, please click here.
At the conclusion of every semester, we review the program of all pre-majors. If you meet the stated requirements, you will be admitted as a full-time major, and we will submit a Change of Major form on your behalf, usually before the start of the next semester. If you believe you have met the standards but have not yet been promoted, please contact Dr. Riley, the Undergraduate Program Director in Psychology and Neuroscience.
PSY 1101 and NSC 1101 are first-year experience courses required for all new and transfer students entering as Pre-Psychology or Pre-Neuroscience majors. We will introduce you to the faculty in the department, discuss the academic requirements of the major, and discuss ways in which you can make the adjustment to Baylor successful. This course satisfies BU1000 or U1000 requirements. For Fall 2020, these courses will be held online.
Goals Students will learn:
Once you declare Psychology or Neuroscience as your major, you must complete the requirements listed in your degree plan. The degree plan is how the university determines if you have met the degree requirements and are eligible to graduate. You should use the degree plan to help you plan which courses you need when you register. Degree audits may be obtained through the Office of the Registrar. Simply present your student ID and ask the Records Office personnel for your degree audit. Students may also access degree audits through BearWeb.
Please visit Psychology Degree Requirements for more information.
Please visit Neuroscience Degree Requirements for more information.
You may request admittance into a closed class by registering for the course in BearWeb which will automatically put you on the electronic waitlist. Once you are on the list, the system will notify you by Baylor email if a spot is open for the course. The student has exactly 24 hours from the time the email is sent in which to register for the course. If the student does not register for the course in the exact 24 hour time frame, their name will be dropped from the electronic waitlist and the next person on the list will be notified through their Baylor email. It is important for the student to consistently check their Baylor email daily to see if they have been notified of an opening in a course that they are waitlisted. If they have been notified and missed the 24 hour window, the student must get back on the waitlist by registering for the course again.
Although the catalog says you may get consent of the instructor for prerequisite waivers those decisions are made only by the department chair. Graduating seniors are given priority should a seat become available. Students are notified via e-mail regarding waivers and information on how to register is included.
Before adding or dropping a class, see if the courses and sections you need are available. Once you drop a class, it will show as an available seat and someone will likely be admitted to that class in your place. You may find yourself having dropped a seat in one class and unable to get into another class or even back into the one you just dropped.
In addition to meeting with an advisor, you will probably want to read the Undergraduate Catalog for a description of all of the courses that you are considering. Other students are also a good source of information about courses, although you must often evaluate this information within the proper context (e.g., how interested was the student in the course content). In preparing to register, you should have a list of 6-10 courses that you would like to take in the next semester. Then consult the Schedule of Classes for the availability of these courses and the class meeting times. Arrange your desired schedule and a back-up schedule.
The degree plan is how the university determines your eligibility for graduation. Therefore, you should get a copy of your degree audit every semester (you can access it on BearWeb 24/7/365) to make sure you are meeting all your necessary requirements for graduation. Information about preparing for graduation and filing a graduation card are available through the University's website. In addition, you should make an appointment each semester with the academic advisor for your degree programs (Psychology and Neuroscience Department, Honors College, BIC, and/or Pre-Health). Ask questions. Check BearWeb to determine who is designated as your academic advisor. Ultimately the responsibility to ensure you have the completed all your requirements rests on you, not your advising team.
Psychology majors: Advanced hours (also called upper-level electives) are achieved by taking any course that is at the "3000-4000" level. The university specifies that you must have at least 36 hours of advanced coursework. All 3000 or 4000 level psychology hours count toward this university requirement. Please note that when you complete the requirements for the psychology major, you will have only taken 19 or 20 hours of advanced courses. You must take an additional 16-17 hours of advanced courses. To complete the advanced hour requirement, you may take any combination of additional courses inside or outside the department.
Neuroscience majors: Advanced hours (also called upper-level electives) are achieved by taking any course that is at the "3000-4000" level. The university specifies that you must have at least 36 hours of advanced coursework. All 3000 or 4000 level neuroscience and psychology hours count toward this university requirement. Please note that when you complete the requirements for the neuroscience major, you will have only taken 29 hours of advanced credit hours. You must take an additional 7 hours of advanced courses. To complete the advanced hour requirement, you may take any combination of additional courses inside or outside the department.
Yes. Here are some specific suggestions:
Yes. Here are some specific suggestions:
Go to our page: Your Future: Careers in Psychology & Neuroscience.
In addition, you may set up an appointment with your advisor for career advice aimed specifically to your personal situation.
Baylor offers two graduate degrees in psychology, the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychology.
Being a Baylor undergraduate does not mean you are able to get an advanced degree from Baylor as well. Students from all over the country apply for these programs, and only a select few are chosen.