Curriculum


The psychology major curriculum is designed to train students in the science of the mind, brain, and behavior. Undergraduate study in psychology provides:
•     Knowledge of the concepts, theories, and research findings in psychology
•     An understanding of how psychological principles can be applied in everyday life, including to address societal needs
•     Training in scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving
•     An appreciation of individual, sociocultural, and international diversity
•     Opportunities to build skills in writing and oral communication

Major Curriculum at a Glance
Core Courses:
•     PSYC 001: Introduction to Psychology
•     PSYC 201: Research Methods and Data Analysis I
•     PSYC 202: Research Methods and Data Analysis II
•     PSYC 203: Research Methods and Data Analysis III
 
Breadth Courses:
•     Four 100-level courses with a minimum of one from each of the following 3 areas:
   1) Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience: PSYC 117 Cognitive Psychology | PSYC 176 Cognitive Neuroscience
   2) Developmental Psychology: PSYC 107 Child Development | PSYC 109 Adulthood & Aging
   3) Social & Personality Psychology: PSYC 121 Social Psychology | PSYC 153 Personality
​   Additional 100-level Options: PSYC 130 Introduction to Health Psychology | PSYC 138 Abnormal Psychology
•     One 100-level recitation section accompanying one of your 100-level courses
 
Advanced Seminars:
•     BA students: Four 300-level seminars
•     BS students: Five 300-level seminars
 
Student Portfolio:
•     Students are required to complete a portfolio of written work that provides a record of their learning and accomplishments throughout the major
 
Collateral Courses:
•     The BS degree also requires 9 collateral courses taken in math or computer science, natural science, and other social sciences. (See BS degree requirements)

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