The Psychology Major

To major in Psychology, students must take a total of 66 credits distributed as follows:

Three Required Courses (Total 14 credits)

  • PSYC 110 Principles of Psychology (6 Credits)
  • PSYC 200 Measurement and Data Analysis (6 Credits)
  • PSYC 201 Measurement and Data Analysis Lab (2 Credits)

Four Mid-Level Courses (PSYC 210-260) (Total 24 Credits)

  • Take 4 mid-level Courses (PSYC 210-260 or MUSIC227)
    At least one from each of three content areas below (6 Credits each):
Biological and Behavioral Processes Cognitive Studies Social Behavior, Development, Personality and Clinical Psychology

PSYC 210: Psychology of Learning

  • PSYC 211: Laboratory Research Methods in Learning

PSYC 212: Comparative Cognition

PSYC 216: Behavioral Neuroscience

  • PSYC 217: Laboratory Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 218:  Hormones & Behavior

PSYC 220*: Sensation and Perception

  • PSYC 221: Laboratory Research Methods in Sensation and Perception

PSYC 263: Sleep and Dreaming

PSYC 267:  Clinical Neuroscienc

PSYC 220*: Sensation and Perception

  • PSYC 221: Laboratory Research Methods in Sensation and Perception

PSYC /CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes

  • PSYC/CGSC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Processes

PSYC 234: Psychology of Language

  • PSYC 235: Psychology of Language Laboratory

PSYC 238:  Memory Processes

  • PSYC239 Memory Processes Lab

CGSC 236: Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making

MUSC 227: Perception & Cognition of Music

  • MUSC 228: Lab in Perception & Cognition of Music


PSYC 224: Psychology of Gender

PSYC 248: Cross-Cultural Psychology 

PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology

PSYC 252: Personality

  • PSYC 253: Research Methods in Personality Laboratory

PSYC 254: Psychopathology

PSYC 256: Social Behavior and Interpersonal Processes

  • PSYC 257: Laboratory Research Methods in Social Behavior and Interpersonal Processes

PSYC 258: Social Cognition

  • PSYC 259: Laboratory Research Methods in Social Cognition

PSYC 260: Health Psychology

  • PSYC 261: Health Psychology Lab

PSYC 262: Interpersonal Relations

*Note: PSYC 220/221 Sensation and Perception will count in either the Cognitive or Biological core area in Psychology but NOT both.

Two Laboratory Courses (Total 4 Credits)

  • Two (2 Credits each) laboratory courses that accompany two of the mid-level courses taken. See above for courses offering labs.

Two Upper-Level Courses (Total 12 Credits)

  • Two upper-level courses including at least one seminar.
300 Level Courses Seminars
PSYC 318: Psychopharmacology
PSYC 354: Counseling Psychology
PSYC 358: Cross-Cultural Psychopathology
NEURO 300S.00: Vision
PSYC 300: Special Topics in Psychological Research
PSYC 362: Psychology of Spoken Words
PSYC 364: Psychology of Reading Words
PSYC 365: Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology
PSYC 366: Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 367: Clinical Psychobiology
PSYC 369: Neurochemistry of Sex and Love
PSYC 370: Neurobiology of Motivated Behaviors
PSYC 371: Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
PSYC 372: Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise
PSYC 373: Face Recognition
PSYC 374: Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education
PSYC 375: Language and Deception
PSYC 376: Neural Plasticity
PSYC 378: Consciousness
PSYC 379: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
PSYC 382: Topics- Social & Personality: Political Attitudes & Decision-Making
PSYC 383: The Social Psychology of Gender: Playing By the Gender Rules
PSYC 384: Psychology of Prejudice
PSYC 388: Social Neuroscience
CGSC 380: Preschool Cognitive Development
CGSC 385: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood                
CGSC 386: Adolescent Cognition   

Junior Colloquium

(Note: Beginning with Class '18 PSYC299/397,398,399 will move to Senior year)

  • PSYC 299 (3 Credits- First 5 weeks)
  • PSYC 397, 398 or 399 (3 Credits- Second 5 weeks)
    • PSYC 397: Biological and Behavioral Psychology
    • PSYC 398: Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 399: Social, Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology

Integrative Exercise ("Comps")

  • PSYC 400: integrative exercise (6 Credits)


Proposals concerning requirements, transfer credits, Comps, or similar matters must be submitted in writing to the Department chair. Include your specific request, and a brief statement of rationale. (It may be helpful to discuss your proposal with your advisor beforehand.) You will receive a written response from the chair concerning the action by the Department on your petition. Exceptions are granted only in the case of strong arguments.