Major in Psychology

All psychology majors are advised by the chair of the PBS Undergraduate Committee (for 2014-15, Prof. Catherine Cramer). Students are encouraged to review the detailed information about the requirements for the psychology major found on the PBS website, as well as course descriptions and course syllabi. The resources on this page provide a list of all the requirements to consider in designing a psychology major. This checklist (pdf) will guide you in preparing a successful request for approval of your major plan. It is intended to  help you plan, but should not replace your seeking advice from the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee or any other faculty member for assistance in thinking about how to design an effective and satisfying major.

Requirements for the Psychology Major

Prerequisites

  • PSYC 1 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • PSYC 10 (Experimental Design, Methodology, and Data Analysis Procedures)

Requirements for the Psychology Major

Requirements

  • PSYC 11 (Laboratory in Psychological Science)
  • One course from the set:
    • PSYC 23 (Social Psychology)
    • PSYC 24 (Abnormal Psychology)
    • PSYC 25 (Developmental Psychology)
  • One course from the set:
    • PSYC 21 (Perception)
    • PSYC 22 (Learning)
    • PSYC 26 (Physiological Psychology)
    • PSYC 27 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
    • PSYC 28 (Cognition)
  • One course numbered 50 or higher
  • Three electives numbered 21-89
  • One course numbered 60-87, which constitutes the Culminating Experience

Requirements for the Psychology Major

Notes

  • Students must obtain a grade no lower than C in PSYC 1. Students who fail to obtain a C or better in PSYC 1 may still complete a major in Psychology in the event that they earn C or better in their next two Psychology courses.
  • PSYC 10 may be taken concurrently with PSYC 1.
  • As a course prerequisite to the major, PSYC 10 should be taken at or before the time of declaring the major; otherwise it must be taken in the first offering following sign-up for the major. Though we recommend against substituting, some other statistics courses are permitted as alternatives to PSYC 10, specifically: ECON 10, GOVT 10, MATH 10 and SOCY 10. AP statistics (Math 10) may only be substituted if the departmental statistics placement test is also passed.
  • On occasion, by advanced planning and approval only, one of the seven electives may be taken from other related departments. Certain graduate courses may be taken by qualified and advanced undergraduates if permission is obtained from the course instructor.
  • The Department recommends that majors take more upper level (50, 60 and 80 level) courses than we require for the major.
  • Neither PSYC 88 nor PSYC 89 may be used to satisfy the Culminating requirement.
  • The Psychology major cannot be modified. Students who wish to have Psychology as the secondary part of a Modified Major (e.g., Biology Modified with Psychology) may do so, if the major forms a unified and coherent whole, as approved by the Chair of the Departmental Undergraduate Committee."