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Major in Psychology

Major Requirements

Psychology majors must fulfill the requirements listed below. Students must have earned a C- or better in any psychology course taken to meet the requirements listed as required courses.

All psychology majors are required to complete successfully the courses listed among the four areas in the requirements section. This system is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the field, a strong foundation in research methodology, the ability to understand research and apply it to theory and practice and opportunity to explore areas of the field in depth.

  • Students should plan to complete General Psychology, Statistics for Psychology and three other classes from the Foundations 1 and 2 areas by the end of the sophomore year.
  • PSY 406, 407 and 480 are electives which introduce students to some applied aspects of psychology as part of the department's counseling sequence.
  • Students interested in research who are considering eventual graduate education in psychology may apply to pursue Honors Research or Independent Study. Both options are available for students interested in pursuing clinical research.
  • All Psychology majors are required to participate in the senior year assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to provide an empirical basis for curricular improvement.

Requirements

Foundations of Psychological Sciences 1 (16 credits)

  • PSY 101 - General Psychology
  • PSY 205 - Statistics for Psychology
  • PSY 202 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 220 - Life Span Human Development
  • PSY 250 - Biological Bases of BehavioR

Foundations of Psychological Sciences 2 (6 Credits)

Choose two of the Following Courses.

  • PSY 304 - Social Psychology for Majors
  • PSY 308 - Cognitive Processes
  • PSY 320 - Psychology of Perception

Psychological Science-Methods 3a (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • PSY 390 - Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 391 - Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology
  • PSY 392 - Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 393 - Research Methods in Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 394 - Research Methods in the Psychology of Perception

Psychological Science-Depth 3b (3 credits)

Chooose one of the following that was not selected in 3a:

  • PSY 390 - Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 391 - Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology
  • PSY 392 - Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 393 - Research Methods in Psychological Psychology
  • PSY 394 - Research Methods in the Psychology of Perception
  • PSY 420 - Child Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 423 - Health Psychology
  • PSY 450 - Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSY 460 - Individual Differences
  • PSY 475 - Cognitive Change

Advanced Electives (6 credits)

Choose two additional Psychology courses at the 300 or 400 level. You may not select PSY 323.

Total Credits: 34

University Studies Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Psychology will meet their departmentally-determined University Studies requirements as follows:

Area E

Satisfied by three of the following:

  • PSY 101 - General Psychology
  • PSY 202 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 302 - Psychological Testing
  • PSY 304 - Social Psychology for Majors
  • PSY 406 - Counseling I
  • PSY 490 - Special Topics in Psychology

Area I, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

  • PSY 205 - Statistics for Psychology

Area W, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

PSY 210 or any of PSY 390, PSY 391, PSY 392, PSY 393 or PSY 394

Area O

Satisfied by any two of the following:

PSY 210, PSY 390, PSY 391, PSY 392, PSY 393, PSY 394, PSY 423, PSY 490

  • PSY 490 - Special Topics in Psychology

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