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The Psychology BA Program:
Academic Requirements and Concentrations

Effective Fall 2014:
In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all psychology majors (except those concentrating in cognitive neuroscience) must meet the following requirements:

  1. PSY 1530/Introduction to Psychology
  2. PSY 3560/Research Methods I: Statistics and Design*
  3. PSY 3561/Research Methods II: Application and Integration
  4. PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology
  5. Five electives in psychology (at least four upper-level)
    The following do not fulfill the electives requirement: independent studies, tutorials, internships, learning assistantships, and PSY 3850/Practicum in Child Development. Psychology 3000-level courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education may not be counted as upper-level electives, but one may be counted as the lower-level elective. Students may petition their academic advisor to have one upper-level psychology elective replaced by an upper-level elective in the liberal arts and sciences that is programmatically relevant.
  6. One of the following biology courses:
    BIO 1510/Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 1520/Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    BIO 1550/General Biology I
    BIO 1560/General Biology II
  7. One course in philosophy
  8. One course in anthropology or sociology
  9. PSY 4880 and 4890/Psychology Senior Seminar I and II
  10. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I
  11. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II

*Prerequisite: 40 credits, including PSY 1530 with a grade of C+ or higher

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Academic Requirements for the Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all psychology majors concentrating in cognitive neuroscience must meet the following requirements. Students who complete this concentration simultaneously earn a minor in biology.

  1. PSY 1530/Introduction to Psychology
  2. PSY 3560/Research Methods I: Statistics and Design*
  3. PSY 3561/Research Methods II: Application and Integration
  4. PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology
  5. PSY 3745/Human Memory or
    PSY 3770/Cognitive Psychology
  6. Two upper-level electives in psychology, including one of the following:
    PSY 3405/Psychology of Music
    PSY 3715/Human Neuropsychology
    PSY 3845/Gender Development
    PSY 4180/Seminar on Neurocognitive Aging
    PSY 4680/Seminar on the Psychobiology of Mental Disorders
  7. One additional elective in psychology (lower or upper level)
  8. BIO 1510/Human Anatomy and Physiology I or
    BIO 1520/Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  9. BIO 1550/General Biology I
  10. BIO 1551/General Biology I Lab
  11. BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
  12. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  13. CHE 1550/General Chemistry I
  14. CHE 1551/General Chemistry I Lab
  15. One course in philosophy
  16. One course in anthropology or sociology
  17. PSY 3561/Research Methods II: Application and Integration
  18. PSY 4880 and 4890/Psychology Senior Seminar I and II
  19. PSY 4990/Senior Project I
  20. PSY 4991/Senior Project II

*Prerequisite: 40 credits, including PSY 1530 with a grade of C+ or higher

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Minimum Grade Requirements

  1. a grade of C+ or higher in PSY 1530
  2. a grade of C or higher in all other required psychology courses, excluding the senior project, and in electives that are used to fulfill requirements for the major
  3. a grade of C- or higher in the biology course(s)

Students who do not meet these standards are required to retake or substitute courses as needed. Students who earn a grade lower than C in PSY 3560 or 3561 must petition the Psychology Board of Study for permission to retake the course.

Transfer Students
The psychology program is carefully structured to prepare students to carry out their senior projects, and all students must complete a four-semester sequence of required courses. Students who plan to transfer to Purchase College from another college should familiarize themselves with the degree requirements.


Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog

Added 8/22/14; for new and continuing students:

  • BIO 1520 added as an option in the biology requirements

Effective in 2014–15:

  • PSY 3560/Research Methods I replaces the requirements of PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics and PSY 3550/Experimental Psychology, and PSY 3550 is discontinued after Fall 2014. Students who declared the major before Fall 2014 and have successfully completed PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics and PSY 3550/Experimental Psychology will have satisfied the requirement.
     
  • PSY 3561/Research Methods II replaces the requirement of PSY 3890/Psychology Junior Seminar, which is discontinued after Fall 2014. Students who declared the major before Fall 2014 and have successfully completed PSY 3550/Experimental Psychology will have satisfied the prerequisite for PSY 3561.
     
  • The senior project (formerly PSY 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Effective Fall 2013:

  • In the cognitive neuroscience concentration, the wording changes …
    from:
    • Two upper-level electives in psychology, chosen from the following: ...
    to:
    • Two upper-level electives in psychology, including one of the following: ...
    • One additional elective in psychology (lower or upper level)

Updated Aug. 22, 2014

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Updates
Please direct updates for this page to the managing editor in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. For curricular revisions, please refer to the Faculty Handbook.


For current majors:
Eight-Semester
Graduation Plans

In consultation with your faculty advisor, the eight-semester plans on the Office of the Registrar’s site can be used as a general guide to assist you in your academic planning and progress toward graduation.