The Psychology BA Program | Academic Requirements & Concentrations | Student Learning Outcomes | Minor in Psychology | Courses | Faculty | Facilities | Internships | Alumni | Psychology Links
- PSY 1350/Introduction to Psychology:
Should be taken early in the program because it is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses except independent studies, tutorials, and internships. Grades of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology exam satisfy this requirement.
- PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics:
Covers both descriptive and inferential statistics, including t-tests and analysis of variance. This course is a prerequisite for advanced standing in psychology, and thus is a prerequisite for Experimental Psychology and the Junior Seminar. Ideally should be taken the semester before Experimental Psychology.
- PSY 3550/Experimental Psychology:
Lecture/lab course in research methods; a lab section must be taken as part of the course. Should be taken before the Junior Seminar. The prerequisite for this course is advanced standing in psychology. This course is a prerequisite for the Senior Project.
- PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology:
Offered only in the spring semester; usually taken in the junior year.
- Five elective courses in psychology, at least four of which must be upper level (3000- or 4000-level):
- The following courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement: independent studies, tutorials, internships, teaching assistantships, and PSY 3850/Practicum in Child Development.
- BPS 3000-level courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education cannot be counted as upper-level electives for this requirement (but one can be used as the lower-level elective).
- PSY 1530/Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for upper-level electives; PSY 2650/Child Development is also a prerequisite for some upper-level courses in the area of developmental psychology.
- Students interested in the psychobiology concentration must consult with their advisors regarding appropriate biology electives and additional course requirements.
- PSY 3890/Psychology Junior Seminar:
Guided production of a critical literature review of primary research on a topic in the instructor’s area of expertise. The prerequisite for this course is advanced standing in psychology; completion of Experimental Psychology is also highly recommended. This course is a prerequisite for the Senior Project.
- PSY 4990/Senior Project:
A two-semester research project conducted by the student under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. The project is typically an empirical study, and in some cases is conducted at an off-campus placement. The student meets regularly in tutorial sessions with the sponsor and must submit a thesis at the conclusion of the project. Grades of C or higher in Experimental Psychology and the Junior Seminar are prerequisites for the Senior Project.
- PSY 4880 and 4890/Psychology Senior Seminar I and II:
A one-credit course taken concurrently with Senior Project for two semesters in which seniors present their research projects to other seniors and to faculty in a weekly seminar.
- One biology course:
BIO 1550/General Biology I or
BIO 1560/General Biology II or
BIO 1510/Human Anatomy & Physiology I: Anatomy & Physiology
Lab not required. This course should be taken as early as possible in the program, and a grade of C- or higher is required.
- One anthropology or sociology course:
Any anthropology or sociology course meets this requirement. A lower-level course is recommended.
- One philosophy course:
Any philosophy course meets this requirement. A lower-level course is recommended.
For additional information:
Overview of typical progress through the psychology major
Updated July 7, 2006
Return to top | Return to Academic Requirements