B.A. Psychology - Incoming Year 2013 and Earlier

Major Requirements

A major in psychology requires 11 courses (31 credits):

  • PSY 1000 - General Psychology
  • PSY 4000 - Introductory Statistics
  • PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 4150 - Sem Professional Development
  • PSY 4200 - Biopsychology
  • PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 5150 - Foundations of Modern Psych
    PSY 5250 - Contemporary Issues in Psych
  • Four psychology elective courses (12 credits)

Courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatistactory (S/U) cannot be used as psychology electives to satisfy the major; S/U courses can only be used as liberal arts general electives.

Both PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psychology and PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology count as Writing Intensive courses for the liberal arts curriculum. PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psychology also fills the liberal arts Core Research Requirement.

Either PSY 5150 (formerly, PSY 4100) - Foundations of Modern Psych or PSY 5250 (formerly, PSY 4125) - Contemporary Issues in Psych is taken during the senior (final) year.

Recommended for Majors

PSY 5900 - Undergraduate Research is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology.

PSY 2993 - Psychology Internship is recommended for students who wish to gain real-world experience working in psychology. Internships usually involve a one-year commitment (fall and spring semesters) during the senior year.  Click on the document below to download the Psychology Internship Packet.

Qualifications for the Major

To qualify for the major in psychology students must:
take  PSY 1000 - General Psychology, which should be completed no later than the sophomore year.
Earn a "C+" or better in General Psychology OR have an overall GPA of 3.00 or better
Interested students who do not meet these minimum requirements may appeal directly to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences for special admission into the major.

Scheduling Guidelines

*Your anticipated graduation may be delayed if you are not able to start the major by the fall of your Junior year.

*Introductory Statistics (PSY 4000) and Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 4050) should be taken soon after declaring the major. They are prerequisites for other required psychology courses and for many upper level electives (PSY 5100 and above).

*If you cannot get into a section of Introducory Statistics or Research Methods in Psychology, you can still move forward by enrolling in psychology electives (PSY 3000 and below) that only have General Psychology as a prerequisite.

*Either Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 4050) or Introductory Statistics (PSY 4000) can be taken in the same semester as Biopsychology (PSY 4200) or as Cognitive Psychology (PSY 4500) as long as the other prerequisite (i.e., Research Methods or Statistics) has already been completed.

*Biopsychology (PSY 4200) should be completed before the senior year.

*The Seminar in Professional Development (PSY 4150) is only offered in the fall semester and should be taken during the Sophomore or Junior year.

*During the Senior Year, majors take either Foundations of Modern Psychology (PSY 5150) or Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PSY 5250). Students who are working in a research lab and who would do well participating in an intensive seminar-style course should enroll in Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PSY 5250). Otherwise, students should enroll in Foundations of Modern Psychology (PSY 5150).

*Special Topics Seminars (PSY 3005) are not offered during the spring semester. Three separate 1-credit Special Topics Seminar (PSY 3005) courses must be completed for them to be bundled together to count as one 3-credit liberal arts elective. Because they are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, these courses cannot be used as a psychology elective.