The Psychology major curriculum was developed based on recommendations of the American Psychological Association and with an eye towards making our students competitive for a variety of career paths. It also allows enough remaining free electives for psychology majors to consider a second major, incorporate a minor area of study, or compete the 5-year BS/MS program in psychology.
The psychology major curriculum requires the following:
- 6 "Core" courses (Introductory Psychology, Personality, Biological Bases of Behavior, Multicultural Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics for the Social Sciences)
- 1 Advanced Laboratory course (choosing from social-science based courses of Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology or natural-science based courses of Cognitive Psychology and Learning and Memory)
- 1 Research Seminar (choosing from social-science based courses of Depression, Media, Gender, Development or natural-science based courses of Neuropsychology, Emotion, or Sleep)
- 1 "Experiential" course (choosing from: Internship, Independent Study, Independent Research, Service/Learning, Study Abroad/Tour)
- 4 Psychology Upper-Level Elective courses (choosing from social-science based courses such as: Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and natural-science-based courses such as Health Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Learning and Memory, Comparative Animal Behavior, Psychopharmacology, Psychology of Emotion)
Within these requirements, students are asked to balance their psychology education from both the social science-based and natural science-based subfields of psychology. As such, students are required to alternate between natural-science and social-science based courses in the laboratory and research seminar course sequence. And students are asked to complete at least 1 psychology upper-level elective course from natural-science based courses and 1 elective from social-science based courses.