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Program Overview

The Department of Psychology’s mission is to provide students with a wide variety of opportunities to study the science of psychology and, through discovery-based learning, to contribute new knowledge to the discipline. Our program encourages critical thinking as well as broad and deep understanding of historical trends, concepts, methods, and empirical findings in the core areas of psychology. Emphasizing synthesis, integration, and communication of knowledge, our approach stimulates students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. With numerous opportunities for internships and collaborative research, our program prepares students for novel problem solving and the changing demands of the work place as well as graduate and professional schools. We encourage students to be ethical, humble, respectful and tolerant. We seek to inspire all students to be lifelong learners who will lead productive and fulfilling lives as thoughtful and responsible citizens.

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Our Degrees

Course Sequence

Our program consists of 11 courses—three core courses and eight in the following areas: applied psychology, biopsychology, development, learning and cognition, social and health, and capstone. Our students are required to take at least one course in each of these categories. The remainder of your curriculum may focus on a particular area to build a core competency.

Download our major requirements checklist as an Excel spreadsheet to track your progress.

Core Courses

All core courses are required.

  • General Psychology (PSY-111)
  • Research Methods and Statistics I (PSY-201)
  • Research Methods and Statistics II (PSY-202)

Additional Requirements

Our majors are required to take eight courses—with at least one per category—from the following areas of study:

Applied

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY-218)
  • Psychometrics (PSY-314)*
  • Clinical (PSY-318)*
  • Organizational (PSY-215)*

Biopsychology

  • Animal Behavior (PSY 323)
  • Biopsychology (PSY-320)
  • Psychopharmacology (PSY-321)*
  • Functional Neuroanatomy (PSY 327)*

Development

  • Childhood and Adolescence (PSY-211)
  • Adulthood and Aging (PSY-213)

Learning and Cognition

  • Memory and Cognition (PSY-322)*
  • Learning (PSY-324)*

Social/Health

  • Social Psychology (PSY-212)
  • Health Psychology (PSY-214)
  • Personality (PSY-216)*

Capstone

  • Autism (PSY-404)*
  • Aging (PSY-413)*
  • Brain Imaging (PSY-416)*
  • Eating Disorders (PSY-418)*
  • Placebo Effect (PSY-415)*
  • Memory & Metacognition of Learning (PSY-485)*
  • The Sleeping Brain (PSY-414)*
  • Thesis (PSY-510)*

* —Denotes courses that are not offered every semester.

Other Electives

  • Psychology of Gender (PSY 282)
  • Applied Sports Psychology (PSY 283)

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must also complete:

One of the following math courses:

  • Integrated Precalculus/Calculus II (MTH-120 and 145)
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (MTH-150)

Two courses from the following:

  • Foundations of Biology (BIO-111)
  • Genetics (BIO-221)
  • Foundations of Chemistry (CHM-110)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHM-120)
  • CHM-210
  • Earth Systems (EES-110)
  • Environmental Science (EES-112)
  • General Physics I (PHY-111)
  • General Physics II (PHY-112)
  • Biopsychology (PSY-320)

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