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2017-2018 University Catalogue 
  
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalogue

Psychology Major


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For more information about the department, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the psychology department  page.

Major Requirement


The program (at least nine courses) required of majors is as follows (only two 300-level courses per term can be counted towards the major):

Required Courses


Four Additional Courses


  • These courses must be selected from the following list:
    • Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 250–259, PSYC 350–359)
    • Social/Personality/Clinical Psychology (PSYC 260–269, PSYC 340–349, PSYC 360–PSYC 369)
    • Neuroscience (PSYC 370–PSYC 379, PSYC 380–PSYC 389)
  • At least one of the courses must be taken at the 200 level, and at least two of the courses must be taken at the 300 level.
  • Students must take at least one course in the area of Cognitive and at least one course in the area of Social/Personality/Clinical.
  • Note that PSYC 291 , PSYC 391 , PSYC 491 , and PSYC 499  do not count as one of these four additional courses.

GPA Requirement


An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required in all courses counting toward the psychology major. A passing grade must be received for a course to satisfy a major requirement.

Senior Thesis


PSYC 498 - Senior Research  must be taken in the fall or spring term of the senior year. During the spring term of the junior year, students identify several areas of interest for their senior-year research experience. Students are then assigned to faculty research supervisors and assigned to the fall or spring semester sections based upon students’ interests and the availability of resources. Most students will take PSYC 498 ; on the rare occasions when PSYC 450 or PSYC 460 is offered students may substitute that seminar for PSYC 498. Students planning honors research are required to enroll in POSC 498  in the fall of the senior year, followed by PSYC 499  in the spring of the senior year. On occasion, students who are not pursuing honors or high honors may complete two semesters of senior research by taking PSYC 498  in the fall and PSYC 491  in the spring.

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