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The minor in psychology provides the opportunity to study the scientific nature of the behavior and mental processes of individuals and groups.

The minor program in psychology provides students with the opportunity to study the scientific nature of the behavior and mental processes of individuals and groups.

The study of psychology includes basic and applied courses in the subfields of clinical, developmental, organizational, cross-cultural and social psychology, cognitive systems and behavioral neuroscience, and this program emphasizes the development of wide-ranging skills in critical thinking and reasoning, quantitative and qualitative research methods, working collaboratively on teams and presentation of information in oral and written form.

The psychology minor prepares students for more advanced study in psychology at the graduate level, in either graduate or professional schools.

At A Glance

Psychology (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in psychology consists of 22 credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division). A minimum of six credit hours must be taken from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A maximum of three credit hours of research (PSY 399 Supervised Research and PSY 499 Individualized Instruction) may be used to fulfill minor requirements. PSY 484 Internship may be taken for elective credit only. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Foundations of Psychological Science -- 10 credit hours
Upper-Division Social/Developmental Focus Area -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Cognitive Science Focus Area -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Psychology Elective Course -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor consists of 22 credit hours in psychology, including the following:

Foundations of Psychological Science

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology, SB (3)
PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, CS (3)
PSY 290 Research Methods, L or SG (4)

Social and Developmental Core

Choose one course from the following list:
PSY 315 Personality Theory and Research, SB (3)
PSY 341 Developmental Psychology, SB (3)
PSY 350 Social Psychology, SB (3)

Neuroscience Core

Choose two courses from the following list:*
PSY 320 Learning and Motivation (3)
PSY 323 Sensation and Perception (3)
PSY 324 Memory and Cognition (3)
PSY 325 Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY 330 Statistical Methods, CS (3)
PSY 369 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 470 Psychopharmacology (3)

Psychology elective

PSY upper-division elective (3)

*At least one choice must be PSY 320, PSY 323, PSY 324 or PSY 325. A maximum of three credit hours of research (PSY 399 Supervised Research and PSY 499 Individualized Instruction) may be used to meet the minor requirements. PSY 484 Internship may be taken for elective credit only. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) or higher.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in psychology (including all concentrations)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in psychology is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor in psychology is a strong addition to any major and prepares students for careers in diverse areas such as education, government, business and industry, healthcare and social services.

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