The study of psychology provides a better understanding of human nature and behavior. Missouri Western’s program offers a degree in General Psychology. Psychology is a fascinating field of study on its own or combined with other studies, like business, science or health professions. Missouri Western’s program also provides a solid foundation for students who plan to attend graduate school.

Admission Requirements

To declare a psychology major you must have:

  • PSY101 completed with a grade of C or better
  • PSY200 completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • BIO101 completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • MAT110 or higher completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • ENG104 (or ENG112) completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher

If you are currently enrolled in any of the above courses you can be admitted conditionally on receiving the necessary grade in the in-progress courses. Please contact your academic advisor to declare a psychology major.


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Major Requirements
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
or BIO 105 Principles of Organismal Biology
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 200Intermediate Psychology3
PSY 300Introductory Psychological Statistics3
PSY 301Psychology Research Methods3
PSY 303Psychology Research Team3
PSY 445Senior Seminar3
Select one course from each of the following restricted elective core groupings:
Interpersonal/Intercultural Core3
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Communication
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Learning/Cognition Core3
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Biological/Comparative Core3
Introduction to Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Social Core3
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental/Lifespan Core3
Child/Adolescent Psychology
Adult Psychology
Adaptive Behavior Core3
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Introduction to Psychological Testing and Assessment
History and Systems Core3
History and Systems in Psychology
Psychological Elective6
Additional six credit hours of electives (at least three credits 300 or higher) in Psychology 1
Total Credit Hours91-96

At lease 3 credit hours numbered 300 or higher required. These electives may be chosen from the remaining courses in the restricted core electives above or from other offerings.

Note: It is recommended that all students preparing for graduate school take PSY 430 History and Systems in Psychology; this is a requirement for entrance to many graduate schools.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major?

Download, sign and submit the form to your academic advisor.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.