The concentration in psychology focuses on appreciating and understanding the human condition from a scientific, psychological point of view. Students completing this concentration should possess breadth of knowledge pertaining to the major principles, theoretical approaches and findings in psychology. They should also understand and be able to use basic research and quantitative methods in psychology and be able to gather and synthesize psychological findings. Finally, they should be able to understand the relevance and applicability of psychological principles, approaches and findings to individual, group and social issues. In so doing, they will be prepared as educated citizens to pursue productive careers and engage on a daily basis their increasingly complex, information-rich world.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 22 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 6 upper division PSY hours must be taken in courses offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Department of Psychology.
  • If a non-psychology statistics course is approved by the psychology department to substitute for PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, and additional psychology course must be taken to complete the 22 credit hours of required psychology coursework. Internship credit and teaching assistant credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement. For more information, please contact a psychology advisor.
  • * Prerequisites: Must have completed PSY 290 with a grade of C or greater.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.


Core Foundations of Psychology 10 Hours

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology, SB (3)M

PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, CS (3)(Prerequisites: PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; MAT 119, 170, 242, 243, 251, 260, 261, 262, 270, 271, 272, 274, 290 or 291 with C or better)

PSY 290 Research Methods, L or SG (4)(Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better; PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; ECN 221, JUS 302, POS 401, PSY 230, 231, QBA 221, SOC 390 or STP 226 with C or better)

Breadth 12 Upper Division Hours Required
Take one course each from four of the following five clusters.

Personality/Mental Health

PSY 315 Personality Theory and Research, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; Minimum 45 hours OR PSY 290 with C or better)

PSY 366 Abnormal Psychology, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; Minimum 45 hours OR PSY 290 with C or better)

Cognitive /Learning

PSY 320 Learning and Motivation (3)*
PSY 323 Sensation and Perception (3)*
PSY 324 Memory and Cognition (3)*


PSY 341 Developmental Psychology, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; Minimum 45 hours OR PSY 290 with C or better)


PSY 350 Social Psychology, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; Credit is allowed for only PSY 351 (PGS 351) or PSY 350 (PGS 350))

PSY 351 Honors Social Psychology, L or SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): Barrett Honors College student; PSY 101 (PGS 101); Credit is allowed for only PSY 350 (PGS 350) or PSY 351 (PGS 351))


PSY 325 Physiological Psychology (3) (Prerequisite(s): PSY 290 with C or better OR two of the following courses with C or better: BIO 181 (or 188), 182 (or 187), 201, 202)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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