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Kayleen Islam-Zwart PhD
Department Chair
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6227
fax: 509.359.4366

Psychology BA Advising

Bachelor in Psychology Advising

To declare psychology as a major, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have taken and passed PSYC 100 or its equivalent with a 2.0 or higher.

Required courses          Cr Prerequisites
PSYC 100 General Psychology 5 Must receive a 2.0 or higher
PSYC 309 Scientific Principles of Psychology     5 200 Level English and Math 104 or higher or learance by test,  must receive a 2.0 or higher
CSBS 320 Introductory Statistics 5 Math 104, or clearance by test. Math 155 Req., must receive a 2.0 or higher
PSYC 313 Research Methods in Psychology 5 PSYC 309 AND CSBS 320, must receive a 2.0 or higher






Focus Experience Courses (3 credits total in any combination) Prerequisites

PSYC 395/495

Intership or Permission of instructor, must receive a 2.0 or higher
PSYC 398/498 Seminar or Permission of instructor, must receive a 2.0 or higher
PSYC 399/499 Directed Study Permission of instructor, must receive a 2.0 or higher




Students are required to take at least four (4) of the following courses: (18-20 Credits)
Cluster A: Core Courses CR Prerequisites
PSYC 301 Theories of Personality 5 None                                               
PSYC 302 Abnormal Psychology 5 None
PSYC 303 Foundations of Psychotherapy 5 PSYC 301 and 302
PSYC 305 Child & Adolescent Development 4 ENGL 201; Math proficiency recommended
 or PSYC 306 Adult Development 4 ENGL 201; Math proficiency recommended
PSYC 316 Human Memory & Cognition 5 Junior level standing or Instructor permission
PSYC 324 Conditioning and Learning 4 None
PSYC 340 Emotion and emotional Intelligence 5 PSYC 100 or Equivalent
PSYC 381 Social Psychology 5 PSYC 309 Recommended
PSYC 420 Biological basis of Behavior 5 Psyc 309
PSYC 474 Cultural Psychology 5 Psyc 100
Students are required to take at least three (3) of the following courses:(11-15 Credits)
Cluster B: Applied/Lab Courses CR Prerequisite
CSBS 321 Computerized Statistical Analysis 4 CPLA 12 OR Equivalent, CSBS 320        
PSYC 314 Tests and Measurement 5 CSBS 320
PSYC 317 Health Psychology 5 PSYC 309
PSYC 318 Computerized Research Techniques in Psychology 4 PSYC 309, CSBS 320
PSYC 323 Drugs and Behavior 5 None
PSYC 325 Cognitive Behavior and Learning 4 PSYC 100
PSYC 331 Psychology of Women 4 ENGL 201 or Equivalent
PSYC 359 Human Sexuality 5 None
PSYC 425 Psychology of the Legal System 5 PSYC 100 or POI
PSYC 427 Psychology of Intimate Relationships 5 PSYC 100 and Junior Standing or POI
PSYC 430 Human Psychophysiology 5 CSBS320
PSYC 431 Stress and Coping 3 None
PSYC 433 Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy 3 PSYC 100, PSYC 302 preferred
PSYC 440 Happiness and Positive Psychology 5 Junior Standing
PSYC 450 Trauma: Theory, Assessment and Treatment 4 Recommended PSYC 302
PSYC 452 Social influences 4 Junior Standing or POI
PSYC 461 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 5 Junior Standing or POI
PSYC 470 Childhood Psychopathology and Treatment 5 PSYC 302
PSYC 481 Prejudice and Stereotyping 5 PSYC 381 or POI
PSYC 496 Experimental Course 1-5 POI, Chair, and college dean
PSYC 497 Workshops, Short Courses, conferences 1-5 As approved by department chair


The remainder of courses required to complete the 70 credit major may be chosen from any of the above psychology courses that are not used to meet the group requirements or as approved by the Department Chair. Only 1 developmental course (PSYC 305 OR 306) will count as credit towards the BA in psychology.

The University capstone requirement can be met by PSYC 490, Senior Capstone: The Tradition of Psychology (6 credits), which also counts as an elective.

Note: The following is a list of important considerations for undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.

  1. Before declaring the major in psychology, the student must pass PSYC 100, General Psychology, and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.
  2. You are responsible for making sure you have completed all EWU general undergraduate requirements as delineated in the EWU Catalog. You are strongly encouraged to complete mathematics and computer literacy as early as possible. The University foreign language requirement is two years at the high school level or one year at college level. PSYC/WMST 331 meets the University Culture and Gender Diversity course requirement and PSYC 474 Cultural Psychology meets the University International Studies course requirement.
  3. Map out a general schedule identifying when you plan to take each course. Not all major courses are offered each quarter. Check with your Departmental Advisor and the University Catalog to identify course prerequisites. Complete prerequisites early so you have flexibility to take other courses when they are offered. 
  4. The Psychology Major is 70 credits. There is no minor requirement. Only 25 online credits will be allowed as part of this degree program. You must have earned 180 credits total to graduate from the University.
  5. PSYC 309 is a prerequisite for many classes and must be taken before PSYC 313. PSYC 309 and CSBS 320 can be taken in any order or at the same time, although we recommend taking PSYC 309 first. PSYC 309 and CSBS 320 should be completed before PSYC 313, and the three courses must be completed prior to PSYC 490. it is recommended that you take PSYC 490-Senior Capstone: The Tradition of Psychology in spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year. Only 1 developmental course (PSYC 305 OR 306) will count as credit towards the BA in psychology.
  6. Students must achieve a C (2.0 or better) in all Required Courses (PSYC 100, PSYC 309, CSBS 320, PSYC 313, PSYC 395/495, PSYCH 398/498, and PSYC 399/498).
  7. Your application for graduation should be submitted two full academic quarters before you plan to graduate and needs to be signed by the Department Chair. Submission deadlines are listed in the quarterly EWU Course Announcement.

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