Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option: the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field. Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.
It is expected that all students receiving a BA degree with a psychology major will:
- demonstrate mastery of a basic core of psychological knowledge and theory;
- demonstrate an understanding of scientific methodology;
- enhance their development of interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity;
- demonstrate their ability to appropriately apply knowledge;
- understand the ethical issues and standards of psychology; and
- be able to integrate learning in psychology with the needs of a pluralistic
Declare Your Program
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.
All students are expected to have at least 40 credits in psychology during the course of their BA studies. This includes transfer credits as well as academic work completed at Metropolitan State. At least 24 credits in the major must be taken at Metropolitan State; and at least 30 credits must be 300-level or above.
In addition to psychology major requirements, students must complete the university's general education and liberal studies requirements.
Additional learning in psychology should be selected to form a coherent pattern appropriate to the student's goals and interests. Learning opportunities may include approved psychology-related courses, internships, faculty- or student-designed independent studies, prior learning assessments or theory seminars. With advisors' approval, students may select elective courses from among the following non-Psychology Department offerings.
Application of Knowledge
All students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge in their chosen area of psychology through an internship and its accompanying seminar, or through past work or community involvement.
Internships are expected for students entering psychology as a new field of study, and for students exploring a new area of psychology. Examples of possible internship settings include research laboratories, child care agencies, group homes, mental health agencies, and community centers working with children, teens and families, or the elderly. This requirement can also be met through departmental teaching assistantships or through research assistantships associated with the psychology laboratory. Students with experience in psychology-related areas may elect to apply for credit through the assessment of prior learning or theory seminars, or incorporate this learning into a student-designed independent study.
Graduation with Distinction
The Psychology Department uses the honor “Graduation with Distinction” to recognize students who have completed an academically challenging program while displaying academic excellence. This program is intended for highly motivated students who expect to pursue advanced study in Psychology. It enriches the academic experience for undergraduates in the Psychology major by offering opportunities for in-depth study and independent research. Students are encouraged to be involved in local and national professional conferences and advanced seminars and scientific presentations.
Application and Requirements
Students who meet the following criteria and wish to pursue the Graduation with Distinction in Psychology must submit an application.
Criteria: GPA of 3.25 or higher based on at least 30+ graded credits, and successful completion of PSYC 100 (or equivalent).
To Apply (Contact Psychology Department for more details)
- Student must be a declared Psychology Major
- Student must meet criteria above
- Produce a cover letter and writing sample on an assigned essay topic
- Copy of unofficial transcripts
- Send the application to the Psychology Department (Attn: Graduation with Distinction)
Required Coursework Includes:
Psychology B.A. requirements, which must include…
- Psyc 307 Data Analysis (4 credits) as one elective
- Application of Knowledge requirement met through completion of an Independent Research Thesis
Upon completing the curriculum above and graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in Psychology Courses taken at Metropolitan State University, students receive:
- “Graduation with Distinction” notation on their transcripts
- Psi Chi membership fees covered through scholarship fund
- Individualized mentorship