Independent Research

PSYC 88

Independent Psychology Research

The course is offered every term and is designed to enable specifically qualified students, usually seniors, to engage in independent laboratory or field research under the direction of a faculty member.  Students may take up to three terms of Independent Research. However, no more than two terms of 88, 89, or a combination of 88s and 89s may count toward the eight required courses for the major. Normally a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 both overall and in the major to enroll.  This course may NOT be used to satisfy the 60- or above requirement of the major.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6, and PSYC 10, and PSYC 11. Non-majors may request exemption from normal prerequisites and other requirements of PSYC 88.

To request permission for PSYC 88, complete the appropriate checklist below:

PSYC 89

Honors Psychology Research

This course is offered every term and is designed to enable especially qualified students, usually seniors, to engage in independent laboratory or field research under the direction of a faculty member. Students may take two or three terms of Honors Research, but no more than two terms of 88, 89, or a combination of 88s and 89s may count toward the eight required courses for the major. This course may not be used to fulfill the upper-level (60 or above) major requirement. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the major and 3.0 overall to enroll and must enroll before the end of the Fall term of their Senior year.  Consult the Psychology Honors page for further information, including the required checklist for enrolling in PSYC 89.

PSYC 90

Independent Neuroscience Research

This course is offered every term and is designed to enable Neuroscience majors to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member.  Students are required to write a final report of their research.  Students may take up to three terms of independent research (or honors research), but only two terms may be counted for credit towards the major.  If two terms are taken, one may count towards the culminating experience and the second may count as an elective numbered above 20, but cannot be used to fulfill the requirement for electives numbered above 40.

Prerequisite: PSYC 6 and PSYC 10.

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PSYC 91

Honors Neuroscience Research

This course is offered every term and is designed to enable especially qualified Neuroscience majors, usually seniors, to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member. Students must take at least two terms of PSYC 91. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the major and 3.00 overall to enroll and must enroll by the Fall term of the senior year.  Consult the Neuroscience Honors page for further information, including the required checklist for enrolling in PSYC 91.