Department of Psychology

Dr. Gary E. Brown, Chair
325E Andy Holt Humanities Building

(901) 587-7542


Gary E. Brown, Phil E. Brown, David H. Cooper, David A. Gibson, Michelle M. Merwin, Jeremy G. Turner, William H. Zachry

The department offers a broad range of courses and provides the kind of educational experience needed to prepare students for post-graduate study or a career in some psychology-related field. Advanced training at the master’s or doctor’s level is required in order for one to become a professional psychologist or a psychology professor in college.

Students who do not go to graduate school will find an undergraduate degree in psychology helpful if they seek employment in such areas as advertising, public relations, personnel work and the news media. Also, persons with bachelor’s degrees in psychology are being hired to work under the supervision of doctoral-level psychologists in such settings as state institutions, mental health clinics, counseling centers, youth guidance centers, testing centers and corrections work. Solid job opportunities are found in the State of Tennessee as well as the nation at large.



The department is housed on the third floor of the Andy Holt Humanities Building. Laboratory and computer facilities are available to students for use in laboratory courses and for individual research projects. Sophisticated behavioral and physiological equipment is used to conduct research on both human and animal subjects.


Student Organizations

Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, is available to psychology majors or minors who have completed nine hours of psychology and are currently registered for, or have already completed, at least three additional hours. A minimum psychology GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are required.

The Psychology Club is available to anyone interested in psychology. Field trips, speakers, and various other activities are provided for members.


Psychology Major

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A major in Psychology must complete one of the following two options. All general requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree must be met. A minor is required for the B.A. curriculum but is optional for the B.S. curriculum.

Non-Graduate School Option. This option consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 475, 480; at least one course from each of the following three groups: (a) Psychology 312, 313; (b) Psychology 320, 330, 470; (c) Psychology 350, 450; and one upper division psychology elective. No more than six upper-division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better.

Graduate School Option. This option is for students wishing to pursue graduate study. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and take the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 312, 313, 320, 350, 450, 470, 475, and 480. No more than six upper-division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better.

Psychology/Business Administration Option

This option prepares students in behavioral science with application to business operations. The curriculum consists of a mojor in psychology with a minor in business administration. The course of study prepares students for entry level positions in management, sales, marketing, human resources, planning or information technology.


Psychology Minor

A minor consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120 and 12 additional hours of upper-division psychology courses.

Description of Courses