Major Requirements

Core Curriculum

Intended to give breadth and scope of the discipline, all psychology majors are required to fulfill the following nine courses: Psychology 1, 2, 3, 100, 103, 110, 140, 150, 160.

Course Prerequisites and Requirements

In addition to individual course prerequisites, Psychology 1 and 2 are generally required for admission to all upper-division psychology courses. A minimum grade of C– in all prerequisites is required for admission to all courses. Prerequisites may be waived at the discretion of the instructor.

Lower Division

Psychology 1, 2 and 3 are required for all psychology majors. A minimum grade of C– is required for all lower division courses

Upper Division

There are four major concentrations in the Department of Psychology. A student may elect to follow any one of these programs for a bachelor of science degree:

General Psychology

For the student who wants a general education in psychology, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to the core curriculum which must include Psychology 104, 105 or 106; Psychology 126, 127 or 128; and one course each from three of the following areas of concentration:

• Biological courses: 113, 115, 157

• Developmental courses: 141, 142, 143, 144, 148

• Personality courses: 147, 152, 174

• Social courses: 165, 172, 180

Experimental/Neuroscience Psychology

For the student with an interest in the biological bases of behavior, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to the core curriculum which must include Psychology 113 or 115; any two of the following: Psychology 104, 105 and 106; and any two of the following: Psychology 126, 127 and 128.

Developmental Psychology

For the student interested in working with individuals ineducational or social service settings, two tracks are offered:

Child / Adolescent Track: A sequence of upper-division courses which must include Psychology 141, 142, 144; any one of the following: Psychology 104, 105 or 106; and any one of the following: Psychology 147, 148, 165, 174 or Anthropology 113. A field study (Psychology 195) is strongly recommended.

Adolescent / Adult Track: A sequence of upper-division courses which must include Psychology 142; 143; any one of the following: 104, 105, 106; and any two of the following: Psychology 115, 128, 147, 157, 165, 174. A field study (Psychology 195) is strongly recommended. 

Social/Personality Psychology

Social Track: For the student interested in community or organizational psychology, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to the core curriculum which must include Psychology 165; 172; either 127 or 180; either 104, 105 or 106; and any one of the following: Psychology 115, 147, 157, 195, 199.

Personality Track: For the student interested in social work or counseling /clinical psychology, a sequence of upper division courses in addition to the core curriculum which must include Psychology 152; 174; either 127 or 147; either 104, 105, or 106; and any one of the following: Psychology 115, 128, 142, 143, 148, 157, 170, 195, 199.

Minor Requirements

The minor in psychology requires Psychology 1, 2 and 3, and three upper-division courses from the following five sets of options, no two of which are from the same set: Psychology 110, 115, 126, 127 or 128; Psychology 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 147 or 148; Psychology 150 or 152; Psychology 172 or 180; Psychology 160 or 165. Minors may fulfill only one upper-division course off-campus.

 

 

 

 

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