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Undergraduate Program
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Required Courses

For students who declared their major after August 27, 2013

Introduction to Psychology - Psychology 110 and 111

The student will be required to complete a two-semester sequence in Psychology: PSYC 110 (Introduction to Psychology: Biological Foundation and Cognitive Processes) and PSYC 111 (Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social Behavior, and Individual Differences). These courses will serve to provide all majors with a general orientation towards the methods, content areas, and central findings of Psychology. We recommend that they should be taken before any other Psychology course. Both PSYC 110 & 111 must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Oddities in Intro:

A/P Credit: Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Examination in Psychology will be granted an exemption from PSYC 111. The student will still be required to complete 10 additional courses in the major, including the first half of the Introductory Requirement, PSYC 110.

Transfer Credit: Students who took a one-semester Intro course at another college will probably receive credit for PSYC 111. The student will be required to take 11 additional courses in the major, including the first half of the Introductory Requirement, PSYC 110.

Introduction to Statistical Inference- QTM 100

Because adequate understanding of original source material in Psychology is impossible without basic statistical literacy, students will be required to take a course in statistics. Psychology majors must meet this requirement by taking QTM 100, the statistical inference course offered by the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods.

Laboratory Methods - Psychology 200

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of methods in Psychology through actual performance of experiments. Introduction to Statistical Inference (QTM 100) is a prerequisite and therefore must be taken prior to this course. We recommend that students take the sequence in Statistics and Laboratory Methods no later than their junior year in order to maximize the value they obtain from other Psychology courses. PSYC 200 must be completed by the end of first semester senior year; this course may not be taken in the semester the student plans to graduate.

Three Breadth Courses

Although the introductory sequence offers a general survey of Psychology, it only provides brief coverage of various sub-areas. The purpose of this breadth requirement is to insure that all majors acquire more systematic knowledge in what we view as three central areas of Psychology. Consequently, majors must take at least one of the courses listed for each of the following three areas:

Social, Personality and Applied

  • PSYC 210 Adult Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 211 Childhood Psychopathology
  • PSYC 212 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 315 Psychology of Family Relationships
  • PSYC 330 Personality Theories
  • PSYC 350 Behavior Modification

Neuroscience and Animal Behavior

  • PSYC 103 or 207 Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 303 Evolution of Acquired Behavior
  • PSYC 320 Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 322 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 323 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 325 Primate Social Psychology
  • PSYC 353 Behavioral Neuroscience

Cognition and Development

  • PSYC 205 Child Development
  • PSYC 209 Perception and Action
  • PSYC 215 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 218 Infancy
  • PSYC 302 Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 309 Brain and Language
  • PSYC 310 Cognitive Development
Five Electives

Any five additional psychology courses with the exception of 190: Freshman Seminar, 495A & 495BWR: Honors Program, and 498: Directed Reading. One enrollment in 499R: Directed Research for 3 or more credit hours may be counted as an elective. Graduate psychology courses can be counted towards the major as an elective credit if the student wishes.

Undergraduate Flow Chart

Please click on this link, required courses in pdf format, to download a copy of the psychology major undergraduate flow chart.

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