Psychology Major (BS)

New Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students in the Class of 2021 and later.

For a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology, students complete the following:

PY 0101General Psychology3
PY 0201Statistics for Life Sciences4
PY 0202Research Methods in Psychology4
Select at least one course from each of the following five content areas: 115
Understanding Biological Processes
Behavioral Neuroscience
Drugs and Behavior
Understanding Developmental Processes
Developmental Psychology for Majors
Developmental Psychology for Majors with Lab
Understanding Cognitive and Learning Processes
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Understanding Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes
Social Psychology
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Theories of Personality
Understanding Clinical Processes and Applied Contexts
Abnormal Psychology for Majors
Human Neuropsychology
Psychological Testing
Select at least three elective courses from the content areas above or from the following:9
Experiential Learning
Internship in the Teaching of Psychology
Supervised Research 2
Neuroanatomy and Behavior
Internship in Applied Psychology 3
Independent Research 2, 3
Additional Electives
Psychology and the Law
Gender and Mental Health
Theories in Psychotherapy
Sensation and Perception
Drugs and Behavior
Special Topics (Shell)
Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Select one Senior Seminar3
Total Credits38
1

When a student takes more than one course in one of the five content areas, the additional course counts as an elective.

2

May be taken only once.

3

Permission of the instructor is required. Students are allowed a maximum of two applied internships and one teaching internship.

Note: Psychology majors may be required to participate in a departmental assessment during their senior year, such as an exit questionnaire, interview, focus group, or Major Field Test in Psychology.

Previous Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students in the Class of 2020 and earlier.

For a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology, students complete the following:

BI 0170
0170L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
BI 0171
0171L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Lab
4
CH 0111
0111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 0112
0112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 0211
0211L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 0212
0212L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
Select two consecutive courses in mathematics, including at least one calculus course at or above the level of MA 01196
PS 0115
0115L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PS 0116
0116L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
PY 0101General Psychology3
PY 0261Behavioral Neuroscience3
PY 0211Developmental Psychology for Majors3-4
or PY 0212 Developmental Psychology for Majors with Lab
PY 0201Statistics for Life Sciences4
PY 0202Research Methods in Psychology4
Select four elective courses, including at least one from each of the following groups:12
Group I
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology for Majors
Theories of Personality
Group II
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Select one Senior Seminar3
Total Credits70-71

Permission of instructor is required prior to taking PY 0391PY 0392, and PY 0395. Students are allowed a maximum of two applied internships and one teaching internship. Students may take PY 0295 only once and PY 0395 only once.

In their senior year, psychology majors may be required to participate in a departmental assessment, such as an exit questionnaire, interview, focus group, or Major Field Test in Psychology.

Concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience

Psychology majors may complete a concentration in behavioral neuroscience by completing the following:

Note: Psychology majors with an interest in behavioral neuroscience should focus on these courses when completing the major.

PY 0261Behavioral Neuroscience3
PY 0236Human Neuropsychology3
Select three additional courses from the list below:9
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Hormones and Behavior
Drugs and Behavior
Special Topics (Shell) 1
Supervised Research 2
Senior Seminar: Current Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroanatomy and Behavior
Senior Seminar: Special Topics (Shell) 1
Independent Research 2
Total Credits15
1

When offered with an emphasis on Behavioral Neuroscience.

2

With a project in Behavioral Neuroscience.