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Undergraduate Program

Concentration: Psychology

Eleven courses of at least three (3) semester-hour credits 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 courses (PSY 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 courses used to fulfill the 100-level requirement may be independent study (i.e., an honors thesis student may use 1 semester of PSY 199 as an elective and 1 semester as a 100-level course, but these would be the only 2 independent study courses allowed to count toward major requirements).

Tufts does not offer any credits for the Psychology AP, but students with an AP score of 4 or 5 can place out of PSY 1. An AP score of 5 completely substitutes for PSY 1 within the major, meaning that a student needs only 10 additional courses to complete the major. An AP score of 4 also places out of PSY 1, but the student would need to take an additional psychology course (i.e., an additional elective) for the major in lieu of PSY 1. Successful completion of Child Study and Human Development (CSHD) 1 is treated in the same manner as an AP score of 4: students may substitute CSHD 1 for PSY 1 for prerequisite purposes, but they must take an additional psychology course in order to reach the 11 courses required for the major.

PSY 32 must be completed at Tufts. Double majors in Psychology and Mathematics can use MATH 162 as a substitute for PSY 31. Students who are double majoring in Psychology and Economics can use EC 13 as a substitute for PSY 31. Students double majoring in Biology or Community Health and one of the Psychology majors may use BIO 132 or CH/CEE 6 to fulfill their statistics requirement. These students should bear in mind that their stats course may not have covered analysis of variance (ANOVA), a technique with which they will need to familiarize themselves before taking PSY 32. The Department does not accept the Statistics AP as a substitute for PSY 31.

In recommending students for Latin honors, in addition to the general college requirements, the department does not normally recommend students for summa cum laude unless they have done independent empirical research supervised or approved by a faculty member in the department. Students graduating with a major in Psychology may choose either a B.A. or B.S.