Major in Psychology

Students are encouraged to review the detailed information below and utilize the checklist in planning for your major.  You can also review course descriptions and course syllabi to inform your plan.

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

Planning your major

Checklist

Use this PDF iconchecklist to guide you in preparing a successful request for approval of your major plan. It is intended to help you plan, but you are also welcome to seek advice from faculty members in the department for assistance in designing an effective and satisfying major.  If you have questions about the major requirements or your major plan, please contact Julia Abraham, PBS Department Administrator.  You may also visit our major advising office hours with Professor David Bucci.  During the summer term, advising office hours will be held Mondays, 2:00-3:00pm, Moore 263.

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, with permission, 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.
  • 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.