The Psychology major is designed for students to study the science of human and animal behavior. Departmental courses provide the student with the opportunity to gain a general understanding in three different core areas: Brain and Behavior, Development and Potential, and Society and Relationships. Courses include lecture, didactic, seminars and hands-on laboratory and field work experiences for students to gain competency and skills within the field of Psychology.

Courses within the department are designed to equip students with marketable skills for a complex dynamic global workforce and to prepare students for graduate studies in a variety of fields ranging from legal, medical, research and business.

Student learning opportunities culminate in senior capstone experiences including a required senior research thesis and options for internships in a variety of legal, clinical, educational, political and business settings. Additional research or field experience can be achieved through Independent Study.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017

Please refer to the Online College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond

Freshman Year

Conversatio IConversatio II

Language or Natural ScienceLanguage or Natural Science

Freshman EnglishCore Elective

Psychology 101Psychology Elective

In the sophomore year: Psychology majors generally take Behavioral Statistics and the Foundations in Research Methods courses. They may also want to begin their electives in one of the three content areas. Depending on their placement, they may also be finishing their language requirement and may choose to fulfill other core requirements.

In the junior year: Psychology majors would be looking to take electives in the three content areas as well as the "Research Methods in.." course in one of the areas listed above. They would also be completing core requirements. Eligible juniors may look to complete their upper level research course, Advanced Research Seminar, depending on their readiness. The rest of their schedule would be filled with core requirements or electives.

In the senior year: Psychology majors would be completing their Advanced Research Seminar in one of the two semesters and may look to take Internship in one of the two semesters as well. It is expected they would complete their Psychology electives in the three content areas and the Research Methods area if not already completed. They would complete the rest of their schedule with electives.

The Psychology major is designed for students to study the science of human and animal behavior. Departmental courses provide the student with the opportunity to gain a general understanding in three different core areas: Brain and Behavior, Development and Potential, and Society and Relationships.  Courses include lecture, didactic, seminars and hands-on laboratory and field work experiences for students to gain competency and skills within the field of Psychology.

Courses within the department are designed to equip students with marketable skills for a complex dynamic global workforce and to prepare students for  graduate studies in a variety of fields ranging from legal, medical, research and business.

Student learning opportunities culminate in senior capstone experiences including a required senior research thesis and options for internships in a variety of legal, clinical, educational, political and business settings. Additional research or field experience can be achieved through Independent Study.

Major requirements include:

 

  • PY 101 - General Psychology
  • PY 301 - Behavioral Statistics
  • PY 302 - Foundations of Research Methods
  • PY 401 - Advanced Research Seminar

Four additional courses, at least one from each of the following areas:

    Brain and Behavior:

    • PY 205 - Psychology of Addiction and Dependency
    • PY 304 - Cognitive Psychology
    • PY 305 - Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PY 307 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PY 311 - Neuropsychological Assessment
    • PY 313 - Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    • PY 314 - Childhood Psychopathology
    • PY 316 - Sensation and Perception

    Development and Potential:

    • PY 202 - Child Psychology
    • PY 203 - Adolescent Psychology
    • PY 204 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
    • PY 206 - Health Psychology
    • PY 212 - Sports and Exercise Psychology
    • PY 306 - Psychology of Personality
    • PY 310 - Humanistic Psychology

    Society and Relationships:

    • PY 201 - Organizational Psychology
    • PY 207 - Psychology of Gender
    • PY 208 - Psychology and Law
    • PY 209 - Political Psychology
    • PY 211 - Cross Cultural Psychology
    • PY 308 - Clinical Psychology
    • PY 312 - History and Systems of Psychology
    • PY 315 - Social Psychology

    At least one "Research Methods in" course selected from the following:

    • PY 317 - Research Methods in Cognition and Developmental Psychology
    • PY 318 - Research Methods in Brain and Behavior Sciences
    • PY 320 - Research Methods in Applied Psychology
    • PY 319 - Research Methods in Personality and Social Psychology

    Note:

    Psychology majors are expected to complete a research proposal that is either theoretical, applied or empirical in orientation either within a content course, a "Research Methods in.." course or as an independent endeavor.  They must have a proposal in place prior to their registration for PY 401 Advanced Research Seminar.