Psychology Major and Minors

Thirty-eight credits in psychology are required for a major. Students declaring a major in psychology must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20 for all coursework. Meeting this standard is necessary for admission to upper division courses in the department.


PSY220 Person in Psychological Context  
PSY256, 257 Research Methods in Psychology I, II  
PSY447 Scientific and Philosophical Theories in Psychology  
PSY491 Senior Seminar  
One of the following:
PSY246 Clinical Psychology: Psychopathology  
 PSY311 Developmental Disabilities  
PSY322 Counseling Theory and Practice  
One of the following with its associated lab:
PSY340 Personality Theories  
PSY342 Cognitive Psychology  
PSY347 Animal Behavior  
PSY349 Physiological Psychology  
PSY352 Social Perception and Cognition  
Psychology electives (12 credits)

(Note: PSY340, 342, 347, 349 or 352 can be taken without their associated labs for psychology elective credit.)

Students considering graduate work or specific vocational objectives should consult with department faculty, especially their advisors, in choosing their electives. The department encourages students to take courses outside the department in areas that liberalize their understanding of human experience and nonhuman  behavior or improve their ability to use and apply psychological knowledge.

The department offers an extensive internship program in which students work under supervision in an off-campus setting (e.g., psychiatric hospital, crisis center, district court). The purpose of the program is to help students learn to apply their academic knowledge in a practical setting. This program is an elective option which upper division majors are encouraged to take. See course description for PSY425, 426.

Requirements for the Minor in Psychology
Nonmajors may minor in psychology by taking either of the following options
of 20 credits each. Departmental faculty must approve the option (A or B) and
electives chosen.

A. For students anticipating graduate work
PSY220 Person in Psychological Context
PSY256, 257 Research Methods in Psychology I, II
Psychology electives (8 credits)
B. For students interested in human services
PSY220 Person in Psychological Context 
Two of the following:
PSY243 Social Psychology
PSY244 Developmental Psychology
PSY246 Clinical Psychology: Psychopathology
PSY311 Developmental Disabilities
Psychology electives (8 credits)

Minors for Psychology Majors

Psychology majors may choose a departmental minor in any other major in the College (e.g., biology, computer science) or in an interdisciplinary minor (e.g., nonprofit organization management, peace and conflict transformation, prelaw, environmental studies). Requirements for departmental minors are listed under the appropriate major; other minors are listed under Interdisciplinary/Off-Campus Programs.

Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience
The minor in neuroscience offers an introduction to the study of brain function. It is an interdisciplinary program in human and nonhuman behaviors drawing from departments of psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics and kinesiology.

Required Courses (16 credits)
BIO316 Modern Genetics or BIO312 Animal Physiology
KIN450 Neurophysiological Basis for Movement
PSY349 Physiological Psychology and Lab
PSY475 Neuroscience Seminar
Select 8 credits from the courses listed below:
Cellular and Molecular Emphasis
BIO/KIN213 Human Anatomy and Psychology
BIO321 Molecular Cell Biology and Microscopy
BIO323 Developmental Biology
CHE111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHE211 Organic Chemistry I
Behavioral/Cognitive Emphasis
PSY250 Psychology of Memory
PSY281 Drugs and Behavior
PSY342 Cognitive Psychology
PSY347  Animal Behavior
KIN310 Motor Control and Learning
KIN350 Disorders of Voluntary Movement
KIN492 Research