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Undergraduate Program

Concentration: Psychology

Eleven courses are needed. They are distributed as follows:

  1. Mandatory (1):
  2. One (2) 10-Level Course from among:
  3. One (3) 20-Level course from among:
  4. Mandatory Labs (4 & 5):
  5. Two (6&7) Other Advanced Psychology Courses numbered above 100
  6. Two (8&9) Other Courses Offered By The Psychology Department
  7. Two (10&11) Approved Advanced Courses in Related Fields (view current list)

Courses taken to fulfill the major (including Related Field) normally may not be taken pass-fail (PSY 99 is an exception when used as an elective). No more than 2 independent study course credits (Psychology 91 and 92, 97 and 99, 191 and 192, 195, 197, and 198, 199; note that 181 and 182 are not independent study) may be counted toward the major. Only 1 of the 2 course credits used to fulfill the 100-level requirement may be independent study (i.e., an honors thesis student may use 1 PSY 199 credit as an elective and 1 as a 100-level course, but these would be the only 2 independent study credits allowed to count toward major requirements).

Students who score 4 or 5 on the Psychology AP test place into two-digit psychology courses and may skip PSY 1. Please note that the AP does not translate into a University credit (that is, it does not count toward the 34 credits needed to graduate). A score of 5 completely substitutes for PSY 1 within the general major, meaning that students need only 10 courses to complete the major; students with an AP score of 4 need 11 courses for the Psychology major, and must take an additional psychology course in lieu of PSY 1. Successful completion of CSHD 1 is treated the same way as an AP score of 4.

Students double majoring in Mathematics and one of the Psychology majors can take Math 162 (Statistics) instead of PSY 31. The Department does not, however, accept the Statistics AP as a substitute for PSY 31. Students who are double majoring in Economics and one of the Psychology majors can use Econ 13 (Economics Statistics) as a substitute for PSY 31; these students should bear in mind that their stats course likely did not cover analysis of variance (ANOVA), a technique with which they will need to familiarize themselves before taking PSY 32. Students double majoring in Biology and one of the Psychology majors may use Bio 132 to fulfill their statistics requirement (Biopsychology majors choose either PSY 31 or BIO 132, as spelled out below).

Psychology majors can select either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In recommending students for honors and awards, in addition to the general college requirements, the Psychology Department gives special attention to research experience. To graduate summa cum laude, the department requires that a student conduct independent research supervised or approved by a faculty member in the department.