University of Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements for Psychology Majors

A total of 120 hours are required to graduate. Passing grades in all courses are required, as well as an overall GPA of 2.0 (C average).

Please note that requirements may change from year to year, and the student is responsible for following the requirements listed in the undergraduate catalog. The catalog may be obtained in Martindale Center.

The 120 required hours are made up of:

  1. Liberal Arts requirements (listed below)
  2. Psychology requirements (listed below)
  3. Requirements of your Minor (check with your Minor department)
  4. Elective courses

Forty of the 120 hours must be 300 level or higher.


  • English (12 hours)
    • 6 hours of Writing Composition. Writ 100 or 101 and Writ 102 or LIBA 102
    • 6 hours of English Literature. English 221,222,223, 224, 225, or 226
  • History (6 hours)
    • It is recommended that this requirement be filled by either the 101 and 102 sequence (Western Civilization), or the 105 and 106 sequence (US history). If you decide to take 300 level courses to fulfill the History requirement, you must wait until your sophomore year (Freshmen are not permitted to enroll in 300 level courses).
  • Mathematics (3 hours)
    • Mathematics 115 (Elementary Statistics), 121 (College Algebra), 123 (Trigonometry), 125 (Basic Mathematics for science and engineering), 261, 262 (Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 and 2), 267 (Calculus for business, economics and accountancy).
  • Science (9-11 hours:3 lecture courses and 2 laboratory courses)
    • Courses offered by the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Geology. Two courses must be in same scientific discipline.
  • Language (6-12 hours including 6 hours at the 200 level or higher)
    • If you choose Spanish, and have had 2 or more years of high school language, take SPAN 121 as your introductory course. You will then move into the 201 and 202 sequence.
    • For all other languages, you may enter the four semester sequence (101,102,201,202) according to you high school experience.
    • Another alternative is to take the 111-211 sequence when offered. 111 and 211 are 6-hour courses which allow 12 hours of language to be completed in one year. Please note that 111-211 is an intact sequence (111 is the prerequisite for 211; if you begin with 111, you must move into 211).
  • Social Science (6 hours)
    • Your Psychology courses meet this requirement
  • Humanities (3 hours)
    • African-American studies; Classical Civilization; Gender Studies 103, 201, 301, 333; Philosophy; Religion; Southern Studies 101, 102; Environmental Studies (ENVS) 101.
  • Fine or Performing Arts (3 hours)
    • Art, Music, Theater arts. Recommended courses: Art History 101, 102; Music, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105; Dance 200; Theater 201. Studio and workshop courses do not apply.

Psychology Requirements

  • 30 hours of Psychology are required with a minimum Psychology GPA of 2.0.
  • The following courses are required:
    • Psy 201. General Psychology (3)
    • Psy 202. Elementary Statistics (3)
    • Three of the following courses:
      • Psy 309 Learning (3) (Psy 201 is prerequisite)
      • Psy 319 Brain Science & Behavior (3) (Psy 201, or BISC 102 or BISC 160 are prerequisites)
      • Psy 320 Cognitive Psy (3) (Psy 201 is prerequisite)
      • Psy 321 Social Psy (3) (Psy 201 is prerequisite)
    • One of the following Laboratory in Psychology courses (Psy 201 and 202 are prerequisites):
      • Psy 390 Behavioral Neuroscience (Additional prerequisite: Psy319 or 322)
      • Psy 392 Experimental Social Psychology (Additional prerequisite: Psy315, 321, 324, or 340)
      • Psy 394 Cognition and Perception (Additional prerequisite: Psy320 or 326)
      • Psy 396 Laboratory in Psychology (Additional prerequisite: Psy309)
  • Additional Psychology courses:
    • Courses that have Psy 201 as a prerequisite:
      • 301 Developmental Psychology (3)
      • 308 Industrial Psychology (3)
      • 311 Abnormal Psychology (3)
      • 313 Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)
      • 315 Personality (3)
      • 323 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
      • 327 Psychology and Law (3)
      • 340 Multicultural Psychology (3)
      • 365 Environmental Psychology (3)
      • 419 Psychology of Parenting (3)
    • Courses that have Psy 201 and Psy 202 as prerequisites:
      • 303 Intermediate Statistical Methods (3)
      • 317 Tests and Measures (3)
    • Courses that have Psy 201, Psy 202 and a laboratory (Psy 390, 392, 394, 396) as prerequisites:
      • 460 Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)
      • 465 Psychology of Gender
    • Courses that have special prerequisites:
      • 100 Orientation to the major (1) (No prerequisites) Recommended for Fr./Soph. Psy majors
      • 215 Psychology of Instructional Technology (3)*
      • 322 Drugs and Behavior (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 324 Science of Emotion (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 326 Sensation and Perception (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 401 Undergraduate Internship (1-3)*
      • 405 Minor Research Problems (3)*
      • 410 Health Psychology (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 415 Introduction to Clinical Psy (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 417 Disasters & Mental Health (3) (9 hours of Psy or consent of Instructor)
      • 420 Special Topics (3)*
      • 430 Positive Psychology
      • 451 History and Systems (3) (12 hours of Psychology)
      • 470 Children and Families: Community Work (3) (Psy 301 or 419 and consent of Instructor)
      • *Permission of Instructor also required
    • Juniors and Seniors may take 500 level courses for undergraduate credit

Psy 405 (Minor Research Problems) and Psy 420 (Special Topics)

Students interested in gaining research experience beyond their laboratory class can register for Psy 405 or Psy 420. Psy 405 is taken for a Z grade, and Psy 420 is taken for a letter grade. Scheduling your time for these courses is on an individual basis; it depends on the faculty members’ research schedules (see below) and the nature of the project.

Prerequisites for 405 and 420: permission of instructor.

Steps taken to enroll in Psy 405 or Psy 420.
1. Identify a research area or faculty member you would like to work with (see descriptions below).

2. Determine whether you have met the prerequisites (see individual faculty descriptions below).

3. Contact the specific faculty member to learn more about the research experience, and obtain permission to register. Add forms are available in Peabody 207.

Course and research descriptions for individual faculty members who supervise students in Psy 405 and Psy 420.

Dr. Michael Allen, Psychophysiology.
Dr. Allen’s areas of research are cardiovascular psychophysiology and cardiovascular behavioral medicine. He is currently working on a project that is examining the relationships of behavioral characteristics such as impulsivity and anxiety with measures of autonomic nervous system activity such as heart rate variability. Work in his lab would entail attending laboratory meetings, learning how to use psychophysiological equipment, and assisting in running studies. It is preferable that the student have completed PSY 202 and one of the laboratory classes in psychology.

Dr. Karen Christoff, Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Christoff’s areas of interest are in children’s social skills and friendships, and the factors that influence these. Projects of the last several years include an investigation of what influences, and what is related to, fifth-grade children’s assessment of the smartness of their peers; assessment of the relationship of loneliness and other social factors to whether or not Freshman college students return to campus for their sophomore year; an investigation of the relationship of preschool children’s activity levels and food choices to their parents’ activity levels and knowledge about nutrition.

Dr. Alan M. Gross, Clinical Psychology.
Students interested in working on ongoing research projects may inquire about the availability of opportunities to work with Dr. Gross, or a graduate student who is conducting research. Current projects involve:
1. Alcohol expectancies and sexual coercion
2. Emotional regulation and aggressive behavior in children
3. Contextual variables in Date rape

Dr. Elicia Lair, Social Psychology.
Dr. Lair’s research is focused on how feelings and thinking styles interact. Current work examines how feelings and thinking styles influence social impressions, voting preferences, moral judgments, and visual perceptions, among other topics. Research assistants working in the lab attend a weekly lab meeting (about 1 hour) and contribute approximately 8 hours per week to conduct ongoing research. Prerequisites include an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, a filled-out application form found on the lab website, and consent of the instructor.
For more information see: or contact Dr. Lair at

Dr. Danielle J. Maack, Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Maack is the director of the ADEPT lab. The research in the ADEPT lab broadly fits into the following domains: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion, Personality and Temperament. More specifically, current research interests are in the domains of disgust sensitivity, emetophobia (fear of vomiting), the constructs of reinforcement sensitivity theory and psychopathology.

Students working in the ADEPT lab are strongly encouraged to attend lab meetings and are expected to commit at least 4 – 10 hours per week for at least a semester (a two semester commitment is preferred). Students taking a 405 or 420 course work closely with all members of the ADEPT Lab (including faculty, graduate students, and other research assistants). Duties vary but can include assisting with subject recruitment; helping with laboratory studies; conducting semi-structured clinical interviews; coding, entering, and analyzing data; and helping to present study results at professional meetings and in scientific publications. Interested prospective students with GPAs of at least 3.5 may contact Dr. Maack at for further information and a lab application.

Dr. Mervin Matthew, Cognitive and Social Psychology.
Dr. Matthew focuses on how our social identities affect the processes through which we make decisions. Current projects examine 1) cross-cultural differences in decision processes and 2) the evolution of extreme attitudes toward relevant out-groups. Students working with Dr. Matthew will be expected to engage in a combination of testing subjects, conducting literature reviews, and performing other tasks in line with their qualifications. Proficiency with statistics and/or computer programming are especially welcome but not required.

Dr. Marilyn Mendolia, Social Psychology.
Dr. Mendolia (Office-Peabody 302 A) accepts from 3 to 5 students each Fall and Spring Semester to work on special research projects. Each student works for approximately 10 hours per week in the laboratory.

Dr. Mendolia’s research is in the area of emotion. Students attend weekly laboratory meetings and contribute to a specific research project.

Other laboratory responsibilities may include data entry (e.g., coding and entering data using a computer), minor statistical analyses, and discussion of various research articles.

Dr. Stephanie Miller, Developmental Psychology.
Dr. Miller’s research is focused on cognitive and social development in children from 18 months to early school age. Current work examines how children control their thoughts and behavior, and how that control is related to other social and cognitive factors like social understanding, friendship, and memory. Research assistants working in the lab attend a weekly lab meeting (about 1 hour) and contribute approximately 8 hours per week to ongoing research (including evenings and weekends). Prerequisites include an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and consent of the instructor. For more information see or contact Dr. Miller at

Dr. Nick Prins, Cognitive Psychology.
Dr. Prins studies visual perception. Most of your time in PSY 405 will be spent acting as a participant in research on low-level visual processes. Testing is self-paced and typically not very demanding. Scheduling of hours (about 4 hrs/week) is very flexible as you will learn how to get the experiment up and running yourself after which you can test without supervision. During meetings the background, purpose and results of the research will be discussed. Requirements are that you are reliable (i.e., show up for the times that you have signed up for) and take the testing seriously.

Dr. Matt Reysen, Cognitive Psychology.
Students interested in working on research projects involving: False memory, social influences on memory performance, and other basic memory phenomena, are invited to inquire about the availability of opportunities to work on these and other related projects.

Dr. Karen Sabol, Behavioral Neuroscience.
Student participation in Psy 405 and Psy 420 involves coming to the laboratory 6-8 hours/week to test rats in one of the ongoing experiments. Scheduling each semester depends on the needs of the experiment, and students’ individual schedules. Students learn how to handle rats, conduct the experimental procedure, read scientific articles relevant to the experiment, analyze and interpret data. Students attend weekly lab meetings to discuss the status of the different research; students are asked to present scientific articles to the research group during lab meetings. A term paper is required for Psy 420.

Research in Dr. Sabol’s laboratory focuses on the effects of the abused drug, methamphetamine in the rat. She is interested in determining the long-term effects of methamphetamine on attention, learning, and memory. Other areas of focus include an animal model of attention, and the neurochemical basis of temperature regulation.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; an A or B in 322 (Drugs and Behavior), 390 (Behavioral Neuroscience Lab), or Psy 319 (Brain and Behavior).

Dr. Stefan E. Schulenberg, Clinical Training Program, Department of Psychology.
Director, University of Mississippi Clinical-Disaster Research Center (UM-CDRC)

Research Program
Dr. Schulenberg’s research interests include clinical-disaster psychology, meaning and purpose in life (see for example, Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy), positive psychology, psychological assessment, serious mental illness, and adolescent psychopathology in the legal context.

Dr. Schulenberg co-organizes Out of the Darkness community walks with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves as a disaster mental health volunteer in the American Red Cross. He was a mental health consultant on a National Science Foundation research grant issued in response to Hurricane Katrina, and recently conducted evaluation research funded by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health relating to the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill).

Dr. Schulenberg serves as the Director of the University of Mississippi’s Clinical-Disaster Research Center (UM-CDRC), an integrated research, teaching, training, and service Center with a primary emphasis in disaster mental health and a related emphasis in positive psychology.

Students are expected to attend weekly lab meetings (2 hours per week) and to work an additional 6 hours in the laboratory (e.g., collecting data, entering/double-checking data, conducting literature searches, reading/discussing articles, developing papers or posters). Dr. Schulenberg’s research team is involved with a variety of research, teaching, training, and service projects, which presents varied opportunities for student participation in the community.

Required: An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, along with consent of the instructor.
Recommended: PSY 417 (Disasters and Mental Health) or PSY 430 (Positive Psychology).

Interested prospective students may contact Dr. Schulenberg at for further information.

Dr. Carrie Smith, Social Psychology
Dr. Smith is interested in studying how people’s conceptualizations of themselves and their motivations affect their interpersonal experiences (e.g., satisfaction, behaviors). For example, do people who have more interpersonal reasons for having sex have interactions that are more satisfying than people who have more self-focused motivations. She is also interested in examining people’s perceptions of their daily social experiences. More specifically, she focuses primarily on how various situational factors and individual differences affect the way people navigate their daily social lives – who are we friends with? What are social interactions like?

Working in Dr. Smith’s lab involves meeting approximately twice a week and being available to run studies (including evenings and weekends). Students will be exposed to all aspects of the research process, from idea generation to measure selection, data collection to data analysis. Dr. Smith has approximately 3-5 students in her lab each semester. Summer positions are also available.

Students interested in working with Dr. Smith must have taken both Psy 201 and 202, earning a B in each course. In addition, students must have taken or currently be enrolled in Psy 392 or 394. Students must have permission from Dr. Smith before enrolling in either 405 or 420.

Dr. Todd A. Smitherman, Clinical Health Psychology
Dr. Smitherman’s research focuses on clinical health psychology. In particular, he is interested in the psychological factors that affect migraine headaches and other pain conditions. His research focuses on the roles of depression, anxiety, sleep, and substance use in migraine pain and disability. He is also interested in identifying optimal strategies for treating headache patients who also have psychiatric disorders, as well as in behavioral approaches for managing migraine. Work in his lab would entail attending laboratory meetings, learning how to administer psychological interviews and surveys, data entry, database management, and assisting in running experiments. There are opportunities to be a co-author on conference presentations and/or journal publications. It is preferable (but not required) that the student has completed PSY 202 and maintains a 3.5 overall GPA.

Dr. Ken Sufka, Behavioral Neuroscience.
Dr. Sufka’s research is in the development, validation and utilization of animal simulations of clinical syndromes focusing mainly on stress, anxiety and depression models and chronic pain and analgesia models. The commitment is approximately 6-9 hours per week including weekends. Students acquire knowledge and skills in animal care, handling and testing, drug preparation and injections, brain extractions and dissections, experimental design, statistical analyses, data presentation, etc. Prerequisites include outstanding grades in Brain and Behavior or Drugs and Behavior. Students must also meet compliance with University and Federal requirements for working with research animals.

Dr. John Young, Clinical Psychology
Dr. Young is the director of the Scientific Infusion that Helps (SITH) lab. The research in the SITH lab focuses on evidence-based services for children and adolescents, dissemination efforts, and improvement of mental health care systems.

Students working in the SITH lab may perform a number of duties including the following: assisting with subject recruitment; helping with laboratory studies; conducting semi-structured clinical interviews; coding, entering, and analyzing data; and helping to present study results at professional meetings. Students who are interested, and meet the GPA requirement of 3.5, may contact Dr. Young at for a lab application.


  • Information about Psychology courses is available in the Undergraduate Catalog. You will need a reader such as Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.
  • If you would like more information than is listed in the Undergraduate Catalog, contact the faculty member teaching the course.