Psychology Major & Minor
The psychology major or minor studies a variety of areas within the broader discipline in preparation for graduate school or post-baccalaureate employment. This major is also a popular choice for teacher licensure students, especially those in the K-6 program. Students begin with basic content courses that introduce the areas within the discipline and basic skills courses that introduce research methodology and data analysis. A series of upper-level elective courses permit students to tailor their major programs to their personal and professional goals. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit for research or fieldwork. Students are encouraged to plan their curricula in consultation with psychology faculty who can advise them regarding options, prerequisites and realistic career objectives.
The neuroscience minor helps students understand brain science from different disciplinary perspectives. Students must complete at least 21 hours for the minor distributed as follows: BIOL 116; CHEM 111, 132; NEUR (PSYC) 216; 1 hour from NEUR 480; and 9 hours selected from the list of elective courses below. (Note: prerequisites for some of these courses may increase the total number of hours.) Six of the elective hours must be at the 300-400 level and must be outside the student’s major department. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of the neuroscience minor. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville. All minors require that a minimum of 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses be completed at UNC Asheville.
Psychology Major Course Requirements
Review UNC Asheville’s course catalog for official major requirements and course descriptions.
Declaration of Major or Minor
Students can declare their major or minor online.
A major in psychology may be formally declared after a student has:
- completed LANG 120 and the Liberal Arts Core requirement in Mathematics with a GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses
- completed PSYC 100, PSYC 201, and a 200-level PSYC elective and earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses
Psychology majors who are interested in teacher licensure should contact the Education Department for additional licensure requirements.