2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog


Psychology is available as a major and minor on both the BA and BS degrees.

Although the programs may be used to achieve a variety of objectives, they are designed to:

  • Provide majors with a strong background for graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields;
  • Educate intelligent consumers who can seek, evaluate and apply selected psychological services effectively; and
  • Provide fundamental information for a critical understanding of psychological knowledge and problems.

In addition to basic coursework, the programs offer learning experiences that include research projects, individual career planning, special seminars and supervised off-campus activities. Such courses, primarily for juniors and seniors, require approval from the students' adviser or the instructor during the semester prior to the one in which the student intends to enroll. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic adviser at least once each semester to plan an appropriate selection of courses to meet their individual goals. Further information regarding the psychology curriculum may be obtained from the chair of the department.

Honors College

A student wishing to complete Departmental Honors in psychology must be enrolled in the Honors College and complete PSYC 30003 and PSYC 40003. It is recommended that students enroll in PSYC 40003 for the fall semester of the senior year.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements.

Up to (but no more than) 3 hours earned in elective courses that are offered only on a pass/no-credit basis may be applied to meet major or minor requirements within the College of Science & Engineering. Additional hours in such courses may be used as free electives or for majors or minors in other colleges (as permitted by those colleges).

Psi Chi

The department sponsors the TCU Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.