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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science Degree •
School of Arts and Sciences

Psychology Major

Program Details

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. While most psychologists are interested primarily in human behavior, many focus much of their research on the behavior of animals. All, however, use carefully controlled methods of observation, such as the survey or the experiment, in their effort to understand behavior. Psychology, like other sciences, seeks to describe, explain, predict and control the events it studies. Thus, psychology attempts to answer questions about the underlying processes that determine the complexity of behavior.

Majoring in psychology may provide a variety of career opportunities within the fields of Public/professional service, Research, and Education.

Most of the careers require training in addition to a major in psychology, and this curriculum provides a broad background in psychology for those students intending to pursue advanced studies in graduate or professional institutions and to seek employment as psychologists in research, industry, college teaching, clinical applications, and as school psychologists and guidance counselors. Students interested in advanced training should investigate the specific requirements for entrance into their professions or professional schools and carefully plan their pre-professional curricula in consultation with their advisers.

The major in psychology also provides a general liberal arts education with a diversity of career opportunities for students wishing to seek more immediate employment. Students planning participation in ancillary professions such as social, human, or community services (with no plans for graduate study) should plan their curricula in accordance with their advisers’ recommendations and their own particular needs.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education - see academic programs or download our current catalog.


(See also General Education Core)

Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55 1,2,3,4
Major Course Requirements
Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 1
Psychology 202 Advanced General Psychology 3 2
Psychology 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences 3 2
Psychology 312 Introduction to Experimental Methods in Psychology 4 2,3
Psychology 406 History of Psychology 3 4
One course from each category 19 3,4
At least one of these courses must include a psychology laboratory.
Psychology 311 Psychological Testing and Assessment
Psychology 311L Laboratory in Psychological Testing
Psychology 361 Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 462 Theories of Personality
Psychology 223 Life Span Developmental Psychology
Psychology 321 Infancy and Childhood
Psychology 322 Adolescence
Psychology 327 Adulthood and Aging
Psychology 331 Social Psychology
Psychology 331L Laboratory in Social Psychology
Psychology 337 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology 354 Cognitive Psychology (includes laboratory)
Psychology 343 Sensation and Reception (includes laboratory)
Psychology 347 Psychobiology
Psychology 256 Principles of Behavior Change
Psychology 351 Learning and Behavior (includes laboratory)
Psychology 352 Motivation and Emotion
Psychology 453 Theories of Learning
Senior Experience*
Psychology 411 Senior Seminar
Psychology 412 Research Seminar
Psychology 470 Practicum in Psychology

* Students considering graduate study in psychology are encouraged to take two. Students enrolled in the Major Honors in Psychology program must complete the Honors Tutorial, Psychology 489-499, in lieu of the Psychology 411, 412, or 470 requirement. Consult your adviser and the catalog for other requirements.

Psychology Electives
(May include Anthropology 375) 6 3,4
Elective Sequence
Nine hours of related coursework approved by the student’s adviser. Courses used in this sequence may not be used to fulfill the student’s core requirements. Completion of a double major or a minor fulfills this requirement.


Additional Course Requirements
Students desiring to earn the B.S. degree in Psychology must take two additional courses in the major at the 300- or 400-level