Psychology Department

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Psychology Major

For course descriptions, click here.


Attention: We are transitioning to a new major. Students in the Class of 2015, 2014, 2013 or earlier - click here to see your major requirements.

Beginning with the Class of 2016:

The major is designed to permit a wide range of selectivity while maintaining requirements which will give an excellent background in and knowledge of what constitutes the science of psychology.

In total, psychology majors take at least 10 psychology courses. Many students take more than 10 by the time they graduate. A minor in psychology is not offered, but students from other majors across the college are welcome to take any psychology course for which they have the prerequisites (PSY 101 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses).

Majors are required to take:

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology

PSY 103: Psychological Statistics (and its math pre-req)

PSY 104: Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 490: Advanced Research in Psychology
(OR successful completion of the Senior Thesis Program)

Two Elective Courses
(chosen from any course offerings except PSY 270; only one credit of PSY 960, 970, 975, or 976 can count toward the major as an Elective; Pre-K-4 Ed students may count EDU 104 or 105 as an elective.)

Four Additional Courses (1 from each Content Area below)
Note: Special Topics (28x, 38x, 48x) courses can fulfill a Content Area requirement. Check the course descriptions on Capstone prior to each semester to see the Content Area designation.

Biological, Behavioral & Cognitive Processes

PSY 212 Learning & Behavior
PSY 214 Sensation & Perception
PSY 215 Biological Psychology
PSY 311 Cognitive Processes
PSY 312 Psychopharmacology
PSY 410 Memory and Amnesia

Sociocultural Processes

PSY 220 Social Psychology
PSY 221 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 320 History of Psychology
PSY 322 Psychology of Women
PSY 425 Contemporary Racism
PSY 426 Existential Psychology

Developmental Processes

PSY 230 Child Development
PSY 231 Adolescent Development
PSY 232 Personality Psychology
PSY 330 Developmental Psychopathology
PSY 430 Development: Inclusion-Exclusion

Clinical & Applied Psychology

PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 241 Interpersonal Communication
PSY 340 Psychotherapy & Counseling
PSY 341 Psychological Assessment
BUS 360/361 Organizational Behavior
PSY 440 Clinical Case Studies
PSY 441 Health Psychology
PSY 960 Internship Seminar
Pre-K-4 Ed students only:
EDU 201 Sp Ed: Diverse Learners/Incl Classrooms

Note: Of the 4 Content Area courses and 2 Electives, at least 2 courses must be numbered 300 or higher.

Also consider individualized instruction:

PSY 270 Research Apprenticeship
(0.5 course units; Pass/Fail only)
PSY 970 Independent Study/Research
PSY 975/976 Senior Thesis I & II


For course descriptions, click here.

For Major Requirements for students entering with the Class of 2013 or earlier, click here.