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Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete39
Courses Required12
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I. Four foundation courses – All foundation courses must be completed no later than the end of the junior year.

  1. PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology I: Psychobiology and Cognition
  2. PSYC 111* Introduction to Psychology II: Development, Social Behavior, and Individual Differences
  3. QTM 100 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  4. PSYC 200W Laboratory Methods (QTM 100 is a prereq for Psyc 200)

*Students who have either (a) received AP credit from the college by scoring 5 on the advanced placement test in psychology, or (b) obtained a score of 6 or 7 for an international bacculaureate psychology course, will be exempted from Psychology 111. These students must take an additional elective course to replace Psychology 111. Students who completed a one-semester introductory psychology course at another institution will receive credit for Psychology 111.

II. Two Survey Courses

Majors must take AT LEAST one survey course in each of two areas, simply designated Area 1 and Area 2. These two areas generally reflect the content of Psychology 110 and 111.

Survey Area 1

  • 207 Brain and Behavior
  • 209 Perception and Action
  • 215 Cognition
  • 223 Drugs and Behavior

Survey Area 2

  • 205 Child Development
  • 210 Abnormal Psychology
  • 211 Childhood Psychopathology
  • 212 Social Psychology

Prior enrollment in Psychology 110 and/or 111 and QTM 100 is strongly suggested for the survey courses; individual instructors may create prerequisites for survey level courses if they prefer.

III. Four Depth Courses

Majors must take AT LEAST 4 courses at the 300 level or above. 300 and 400 level courses require 110, 111 and QTM 100 and at least one 200 level breadth course. Individual instructors may further require PSYC 200 and/or specify any additional pre-requisites. The major difference between 300 and 400 level courses is size. Whereas 300 levels are depth courses, they may still enroll up to 60 students. 400 level courses are conceptualized more as seminars, with enrollments at 15-20.

IV. Two Elective Courses 

Students must take two additional psychology courses offered by the department to fulfill the electives requrement. Elective options include Psychology 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses, with exceptions noted below. Note that students may count (ONLY) one (1) three-hour enrollment in Psyc 494R or 499R, Directed Research towards the major.

PSYCHOLOGY COURSES THAT DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE MAJOR: 190, Freshman Seminar; 495A/B, Honors; and 498R, Directed Reading do not count toward the major.