Undergraduate Program

College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Psychology Undergraduate Admission Requirements

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.00 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of General Education Curriculum: Communication.
  • Completion of General Education Curriculum: Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Completion of General Education Curriculum: Second Language.

Completion of Department of Psychology admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • PSYC 1110.
  • One PSYC course at 200-level or above.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.)
    Concentration: Basics in Addiction Counseling.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (B.S.)
    Concentration: Basics in Addiction Counseling.

Major Study Requirements

Students wanting an introduction to psychology should take PSYC 1110. Students should then take multiple 200-level courses before registering for more advanced courses. Although the prerequisites for any course may be waived by permission of the instructor, it is strongly advised that students take the prerequisites in order to be adequately prepared for the course.

It is the department’s point of view that coursework older than ten years be subject to review. This is due to advancements and changes being made in the discipline, as well as time to degree completion considerations. In light of this, the department has established the following guidelines:

  • PSYC 1110 normally must be retaken if the course was taken over 10 years. Exceptions may apply (e.g., continuous enrollment with academic progress).
  • Other coursework over ten years of age may sometimes be applied, if PSYC 1110 is retaken.
  • Coursework is reviewed by members of the faculty in cases of special circumstances.
  • Undergraduate psychology advisors coordinate faculty reviews on behalf of students.

This policy is designed to ensure that students have the most relevant information in their chosen discipline. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to one of the undergraduate advisors in the Psychology department.

Acceptance of any transferred credit hours toward a major or minor in Psychology must be approved by the Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Education.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

To obtain a B.A. in Psychology a student must satisfactorily complete (i.e., a grade of "C" or better) 36 credit hours in Psychology (35 credit hours if an upper-division lab is taken. See item 6 below), and should minor in an Arts and Sciences Department.

The 36 credit hours of Psychology must include:

  • PSYC 1110 (3 credit hours).
  • PSYC 2510 (3 credit hours).
  • Four courses (12 credit hours) selected from the six 200-level core courses: PSYC 2110, 2120, 2220, 2250, 2270, 2320.
  • PSYC 302 (3 credit hours).
  • Four Psychology electives at the 300/400-level (12 credit hours).
  • One Psychology elective (3 credit hours). Students may elect to take an upper-division Psychology laboratory (2 credit hours).

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

To obtain a B.S. in Psychology a student must complete a second major in, or a minor in, or distributed among (see distributed minor policy): Anthropology (Evolutionary Anthropology concentration), Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics and complete (i.e., a grade of "C" or better) 35 credit hours in Psychology.

The 35 credit hours of Psychology must include:

  • PSYC 1110 (3 credit hours).
  • PSYC 2510 (3 credit hours).
  • Four courses (12 credit hours) selected from the six 200-level core courses: PSYC 2110, 2120, 2220, 2250, 2270, 2320.
  • PSYC 302 (3 credit hours).
  • Four psychology electives at the 300/400-level (12 credit hours).
  • One upper-division (300/400) psychology laboratory (2 credit hours).

Concentration in Basics in Addiction Counseling (B.A./B.S.)

The Basics in Addiction Counseling (BAC) concentration is designed for a select group of undergraduate Psychology majors who are interested in a career in the alcohol/drug counseling field. In addition to the standard Psychology major requirements, the BAC concentration involves a series of specialized addiction courses, as well as a multi-semester field placement at a substance abuse agency. Students admitted to the BAC concentration must have completed all coursework requirements to become a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) and/or Licensed Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).

To complete the BAC concentration, students must complete 45 credit hours in Psychology courses. In addition, students must earn a grade of "C" or better (grades of "C-" are not accepted) in all Psychology courses. Twenty-four credit hours must be taken at UNM to satisfy the residency requirement. Major requirements are only one portion of the undergraduate degree. Meet with an Undergraduate Program Advisor located in the department to discuss the University and College-level requirements in addition to the major. To earn the B.A. or B.S. degree in Psychology, students must declare a minor. To earn the B.A. degree, students must select a minor from the approved College of Arts and Sciences minor list. To earn the B.S. degree, students must declare a minor from: Anthropology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics; Physics; or Statistics. Meet with the minor departmental advisors to review minor requirements.

Application and Admission

All applicants are required to be Psychology majors and meet the following requirements:

  • Are enrolled in the equivalent of the fourth semester of full-time coursework toward a college degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a Psychology GPA of 3.5.
  • Are committed to a career in the alcohol/drug counseling field.
  • Have interpersonal skills appropriate for a counseling career.
  • Have the ability to meet the program standards (with or without reasonable accommodation).
  • Have read and acknowledged understanding of the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board standards for licensure.

Interested applicants provide:

  • Letter of interest.
  • Current resume (work and academic experience).
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the qualifications, character, and motivation of the applicant. These letters may come from employers, professors, or supervisors; these are not personal references.
  • College transcripts.
  • Completed BAC application.


The required 45 credit hours of Psychology courses to complete the BAC concentration include:

Core Courses
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2250 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYC 2510 Statistical Principles for Psychology 3
PSYC 302 Psychological Research Techniques 3
Total 12
200-level courses Choose three:
PSYC 2110 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2120 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 2220 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 2270 Psychology of Learning and Memory 3
PSYC 2320 Health Psychology 3
Total 9
Required 300- and 400-level electives
PSYC 332 Abnormal Behavior 3
PSYC 335 Clinical Psychology 3
PSYC 347 Drugs and Behavior 3
PSYC 411 Treatment of Addictions 3
PSYC 430 Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders 3
Total 15
Laboratory* Choose one:
PSYC 335L Clinical Psychology Laboratory 2
PSYC 445L Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory 2
PSYC 480L Health Psychology Laboratory 2
Total 2
Additional Requirements
PSYC 313 Case Management in Addictions 1
PSYC 412 Applied Clinical Experience in Addictions Counseling Field Work 6
Total 7

*There are alternative options to these Laboratory courses. Other upper-level psychology labs may also satisfy the requirement, or working in a psychology professor's research lab as part of PSYC 499 experience may count. These options must be approved in advance by a BAC Advisory Committee member.

Distributed Minor for Psychology Majors

A distributed minor is appropriate when a combination of courses from different departments better serves the student’s career objectives and overall program of education than does a minor in a single department. Distributed minor petitions must be approved by the Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Education. See Department Advisor for details.

The requirements for a distributed minor with a Psychology major are:

  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework in related departments.
  • At least 12 credit hours of those included in the student proposed distributed minor shall be at the 300- or 400-level (upper-division).
  • At least one advanced (300-level or above) course in each of the distributred areas.
  • An approved petition on file with the department.

For the B.S. degree, the minor must be distributed among courses selected from Anthropology (Evolutionary Anthropology concentration), Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics.

For petition details and specific credit hour requirements please refer to the A&S Distributed Minor Requirements.

Minor Study Requirements

To obtain a Psychology minor, students must complete 18 credit hours in Psychology.

  • PSYC 1110 (3 credit hours).
  • 15 credit hours in Psychology, 6 of which must be from upper-division courses.

One quarter of Psychology credit hours (6 credit hours) must be successfully completed (i.e., a grade of "C" or better) while in residence at the University of New Mexico.

Departmental Honors

Superior sophomore students, especially those anticipating graduate study in psychology or interested in research training, are invited to apply for admission to the Undergraduate Honors Program to begin in the Fall semester of the junior year. Students participating in this program are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if recommended by the faculty on the basis of outstanding performance.

The Honors program requires 33 credit hours beyond 3 credit hours of general psychology, including PSYC 2510; PSYC 302, 391, 392, 491, 492 and four courses from the six 200-level core courses. The usual requirement of an upper-division laboratory for B.S. majors is waived for honors majors.

NOTE: Students enrolling in PSYC 391, Junior Honors Seminar, must have taken PSYC 2510 and either PSYC 2220 or 2270 as prerequisites and PSYC 302 as a prerequisite or corequisite.


PSYC 1110. Introduction to Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2110. Social Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2120. Developmental Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2220. Cognitive Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2250. Brain and Behavior. (3)

PSYC 2270. Psychology of Learning and Memory. (3)

PSYC 2320. Health Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2330. Psychology of Human Sexuality. (3)

PSYC 2510. Statistical Principles for Psychology. (3)

PSYC 2996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)

PSYC 302. Psychological Research Techniques. (3)

PSYC 313. Case Management in Addictions. (1)

PSYC 324. Infant Development. (3)

PSYC 329. Adolescent Psychology. (3)

PSYC 331. Psychology of Personality. (3)

PSYC 332. Abnormal Behavior. (3)

PSYC 335. Clinical Psychology. (3)

PSYC 335L. Clinical Psychology Laboratory. (2)

PSYC 342. Evolution and Human Behavior. (3)

PSYC 344. Human Neuropsychology. (3)

PSYC 345. Neuroscience of Aging and Dementia. (3)

PSYC 346. Introduction to Forensic Psychology. (3)

PSYC 347. Drugs and Behavior. (3)

PSYC 360. Human Learning and Memory. (3)

PSYC 364. Psychology of Perception. (3)

PSYC **367. Psychology of Language. (3)

PSYC 373. The Psychology of Horror. (3)

PSYC 374. Cultural Psychology [Cross-cultural Psychology]. (3)

PSYC 375. Psychology of Gender [Psychology of Women]. (3)

PSYC 376. The Psychology of Love. (3)

PSYC 391. Junior Honors Seminar. (3)

PSYC 392. Junior Honors Seminar. (3)

PSYC *400. History of Psychology. (3)

PSYC *405. Crisis Worker Practicum. (1, may be repeated five times Δ)

PSYC 408 / 508. Psychological Research with Diverse Populations. (3)

PSYC 411. Treatment of Addictions. (3)

PSYC 412. Applied Clinical Experience in Addictions Counseling (Field Work). (1-6 to a maximum of 9 Δ)

PSYC 416 / 516. Health Disparities. (3)

PSYC 421 / 521. Advanced Developmental Psychology. (3)

PSYC 422. Child Language. (3)

PSYC 423. Human Emotions. (3)

PSYC 430. Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders. (3)

PSYC 433. Depression: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention. (3)

PSYC 434. Behavior Therapies. (3)

PSYC 439 / 539. Child Psychopathology. (3)

PSYC 440. Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreaming. (3)

PSYC 441. Sleep: Scientific Investigation. (3)

PSYC 443 / 643. Psychobiology of Emotion. (3)

PSYC 444 / 644. Advanced EEG Analysis in MatLab. (3)

PSYC 445L. Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. (2, may be repeated once Δ)

PSYC 450 / 650. Special Topics in Psychology. (1-3, no limit Δ)

PSYC 450L. Special Topics in Psychology Laboratory. (2, no limit Δ)

PSYC 454. Positive Psychology. (3)

PSYC 455L. Positive Psychology Laboratory. (2)

PSYC 465L. Gorilla Observation Laboratory. (3)

PSYC 472. Psychology of Prejudice. (3)

PSYC 491. Senior Honors Seminar. (3)

PSYC 492. Senior Honors Seminar. (3)

PSYC 499. Undergraduate Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

PSYC 501. Advanced Statistics. (3)

PSYC 502. Design and Analysis of Experiments. (3)

PSYC 503L. Advanced Statistics Laboratory. (1)

PSYC 504L. Design and Analysis of Experiments Laboratory. (1)

PSYC 505. Research Seminar. (2)

PSYC 506. Seminar in Mathematical Psychology. (3)

PSYC 507. Teaching Seminar. (2)

PSYC 508 / 408. Psychological Research with Diverse Populations. (3)

PSYC 514. Health Psychology Interventions. (3)

PSYC 516 / 416. Health Disparities. (3)

PSYC 521 / 421. Advanced Developmental Psychology. (3)

PSYC 528. Seminar on Cognitive Development. (3)

PSYC 531. Pre-Clinical Practicum. (1)

PSYC 532. Seminar in Psychopathology. (3)

PSYC 533. Psychological Evaluation: Cognitive and Neuropsychology Functions. (3)

PSYC 535. Psychological Evaluation: Personality Functions. (3)

PSYC 538. Introduction to Clinical Science. (3)

PSYC 539 / 439. Child Psychopathology. (3)

PSYC 540. Biological Bases of Behavior. (3)

PSYC 541. Introduction to Functional Neuroimaging. (3)

PSYC 542. Seminar in Recovery of Function and Epilepsy. (3)

PSYC 551. Graduate Problems. (1-3, no limit Δ)

PSYC 554. Positive Psychology. (3)

PSYC 561. Cognitive Processes I. (3)

PSYC 565. Seminar in Thought and Language. (3)

PSYC 569. Seminar in Psycholinguistics. (3, no limit Δ)

PSYC 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

PSYC 601. Multivariate Statistics. (3)

PSYC 604. Latent Variable Modeling. (3)

PSYC 605. Advanced Latent Variable Modeling. (3)

PSYC 610. Case Conference Practicum. (1, no limit Δ)

PSYC 629. Culture and Human Development. (3)

PSYC 630. Seminar in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. (3)

PSYC 631. Psychotherapy Practicum. (1-3, no limit Δ)

PSYC 634. Ethics and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology. (3)

PSYC 636. Diversity Multicultural Perspectives in Clinical Psychology. (3)

PSYC 637. Empirically Supported Treatments. (3)

PSYC 641. Seminar in Cognition, Brain and Behavior. (2, no limit Δ)

PSYC 643 / 443. Psychobiology of Emotion. (3)

PSYC 644 / 444. Advanced EEG Analysis in MatLab. (3)

PSYC 650 / 450. Special Topics in Psychology. (1-3, no limit Δ)

PSYC 691. Clinical Internship. (1-6)

PSYC 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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