Majoring & Minoring

Students who major in psychology can choose to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; students who minor in Psychology can complement work toward other degrees (popular choices include biology/pre-med, sociology, and business).

Major in Psychology:  30 credits minimum [degree plan]
  • *PSY33-104 Principles of Psychology
  • Research Methods: one option from the following [Note: either 214/211 or 224/221 is required for Research Capstone]
    • PSY33-204 Survey of Research Methods (S; prereq: PSY33-104 and MAT52-114)
    • PSY33-214 Inquiry-Based Research Methods + PSY33-211 Lab for Inquiry-Based Research Methods (F, S, course and lab must be taken concurrently with the same professor)
    • PSY33-224 Inquiry-Based Research Methods w/ Animals + PSY33-221 Lab for Inquiry-Based Research Methods w/ Animals (F, course and lab must be taken concurrently with the same professor)
  • Core courses:  four courses from the following
    • *PSY33-334 Personality Theory and Research (S)
    • *PSY33-344 Lifespan Development (F,S)
    • *PSY33-374 Evolutionary Psychology (F)
    • *PSY33-384 Learning and Cognition (F)
    • PSY33-524 Abnormal Psychology (F)
    • PSY33-534 Behavioral Neuroscience (S)
    • PSY33-544 Health Psychology (S)
    • PSY33-564 Social Psychology (S)
  • Electives: One of the following or an additional Core course from the list above
    • PSC32-444 Political Psychology
    • PSY33-354 Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • *PSY33-434 Attraction and Close Relationships (May term)
    • *PSY33-474 Forensic Psychology (May term)
    • *PSY33-484 Human Sexuality (May term)
  • Capstone: either Internship or Research (application required)
    • 8 credits Internship (PSY948) (240 hours onsite, typically Summer) 
    • 8 credits Research (2 semesters)
      • PSY33-824 Research in Applied Psychology (Crockett)
      • PSY33-834 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience (Guarraci)
      • PSY33-844 Research in Clinical Psychology (Neighbors)
      • PSY33-854 Research in Comparative Psychology (Guarraci)
      • PSY33-874 Research in Social Psychology (Giuliano)
      • PSY33-884 Research in Cognitive Evolutionary Psychology (Perilloux)

* Courses that can be taken prior to completing Research Methods.

F = typically taught in Fall; S = typically taught in Spring

A minimum grade of C must be earned for a psychology course to serve as a prerequisite for a subsequent psychology course.

B.S. in Psychology requirements
Minor in Psychology: (Not required for graduation)
  • PSY33-104 Principles of Psychology
  • Four additional upper-level courses in Psychology