Degree Requirements for Majors and Minors

Students may earn a B.S. in Psychology,  B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience, or B.A. in Education (Elementary/Human Development), or a minor in Psychology or Sport Psychology.


See the Psychology Major Check List for with graduation requirements. All students who declare Psychology as their major after Fall 2013 must follow these requirements. 

The Psychology Major Checklist prior to Fall 2013 lists graduation requirements for students who declared the major prior to Fall 2013. Students who are declared Psychology as their major before Fall 2013 may choose either the new graduation requirements or the former graduation requirements.

 Psychology Major Check List

Psychology Major Requirements Check List (prior to Fall 2013)


The Department of Psychology participates in an Interdisciplinary Behavioral Neuroscience Major that provides students with the specialized preparation and technological sophistication critical for success in a variety of graduate training programs, including neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology, mental health, and neurobiology; and health care, including medicine and dentistry. For those students who do not anticipate pursuing post-graduate education, the interdisciplinary behavioral neuroscience major provides an excellent platform for entry level positions in such areas as biomedical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Visit the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Neuroscience Program for information on how to apply for the major, course listings, and graduation requirements.


The Human Development — Elementary, BAE major provides a solid background in psychology but has fewer requirements for statistics and methods courses and seminars in psychology. The Elementary/Human Development major consists 59-60 credits. The major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education, and results in a K-8 elementary endorsement.  Your psychology advisor can answer questions about the Psychology major, but you will need an advisor in Education to answer questions such as "How do I apply to the College of Education," or "When do I do my student teaching?"

Human Development Major Checklist


The Minor in Psychology is comprised of a minimum of 24 credits, 50% of which must be completed at Western Washington University.

Minor Requirements Checklist


This interdisciplinary program is designed to introduce students to the discipline of sport psychology. The minor emphasizes educational and behavioral approaches to sport psychology that can be applied in recreational, exercise, and athletic settings.

The sports psychology minor provides students with the behavioral knowledge and psychosocial educational techniques related to the psychosocial aspects of athletic, exercise, recreational and performance settings. This minor provides skills that will serve as preparation for incorporation of consideration and instructional techniques to enhance any human performance or health related field.

For declaration and advising information, please visit the Sports Psychology Minor page of the University Catalog.