Major Requirements (B.S. Degree)
Ten courses are required including 101; 200; 300; one seminar (350-380); and 400, 401, or 402. Two courses must be methods courses: one must be 301, 302, 303, 304, or 305; and one must be 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, or 319. Of the ten courses, students must take at least one in each of the following areas:
Cognitive/Neuroscience courses: 276, 280**, 282, 284, 295*, 296*, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 323, 324
Clinical/Developmental courses: 220, 231, 234, 241, 242, 243, 245, 280**, 297*, 314, 315, 319
Social/Industrial-Organizational courses: 232, 235, 254, 260, 298*, 313, 316, 317, 318
The seminar requirement may not satisfy any area requirement.
In addition, all seniors must satisfactorily complete an oral interview conducted by a psychologist who is not a member of the department. An opportunity to fulfill this requirement is offered each spring semester.
A Bachelor of Science will be conferred upon students that complete the requirements of the psychology major.
*Course reserved for transfer credits.
**PSY 280 may count in either the Cognitive/Neuroscience area or Clinical/Developmental area, but not both.
The Department of Psychology considers for honors those senior majors who meet the general college requirements with a minimum 3.2 GPA overall, meet the stated requirements for a major in Psychology with a minimum 3.5 GPA, complete a third course from the research method series (301-318), and complete a senior thesis (PSY 400). Completion of these courses does not guarantee a recommendation for graduation with honors. The student’s work must be of superior quality. Evidence for such superior quality consists of generally high degrees of proficiency or exceptional creativity in course work, thesis, papers and projects. In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.
Rationale for Course Numbering
Psychology 101 is open to all levels of students and is the prerequisite (or scoring a 4 or 5 on AP/IB exam) for all other courses in the department.
The 200-level courses are survey courses suitable for all levels of students who have had PSY 101; exceptions are PSY 290 (Practicum) and PSY 292 (Collective Memory). PSY 290 is experience-based and requires students to get a faculty supervisor for their coursework. PSY 292 is grounded in psychology but multi-disciplinary so does not require PSY 101. PSY 200 is appropriate for first and second year students, with recommended completion by the end of the Fall semester of junior year.
The 300-level courses numbered between 301 and 349 focus on research methodology and/or participation in doing research. These are designed for majors, not open to first year students, and generally are taken after a few 200-level courses. The 300-level seminars (numbered between 350-380 and PSY 324/BIO 332) are generally restricted to juniors and seniors but not necessarily to psychology majors. PSY 300 is open to students of any class year, after completing PSY 200.
The 400-level courses are capstone experiences open only to senior psychology majors.