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:  40 credits minimum (56 maximum)
  • *PSY33-104 Principles of Psychology
  • PSY33-204 Research Methods I (F; prereq: MAT52-114 statictics)
  • PSY33-214 Research Methods II (S; must be taken with same professor)
  • Core courses:  at least three courses from the following:
    • PSY33-224 Developmental Psychology (F,S) or *PSY33-244 Lifespan Development
    • PSY33-234 Personality Theory and Research (S)
    • PSY33-424 Abnormal Psychology (F)
    • PSY33-464 Social Psychology (S)
    • PSY33-544 Health Psychology (S)
  • Core courses:  at least two courses from the following:
    • PSY33-434 Behavioral Neuroscience (S)
    • PSY33-444 Cognitive Psychology (S)
    • PSY33-454 Psychology of Learning (F)
  • Capstone:
    • 8 credits Internship (PSY948) (240 hours onsite; consent required; P/D/F) or8 credits Research (usually 2 semesters; instructor consent required)
    • 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 
    • PSY33-864 Research in Developmental/Cognitive Psychology 
    • PSY33-874 Research in Social Psychology (Giuliano)
  • Electives:  PSY courses may be taken as optional electives up to a maximum of 56 total credits in Psychology.  Note: ANY course may be an elective after requirements are met.
    • *PSY33-254 Animal Behavior (also ANB09-254; S)
    • *PSY33-333 Educational Psychology (F; Education major/minors or  consent)
    • *PSY33-364 Exotic Sensory Systems (F)
    • *PSY33-374 Forensic Psychology (May term)
    • *PSY33-384 Human Sexuality (May term)
    • PSY33-954 Independent Study (instructor consent)
    • PSY33-984 Honors (departmental approval required)

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

Additional requirements for the BS in Psychology are in the Catalog (p.21)

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

A minimum grade of C must be earned for a psychology course to serve as a prerequisite for a subsequent psychology course.
Minor in Psychology: (Not required for graduation)
  • PSY33-104 Principles of Psychology
  • Four additional upper-level courses in Psychology