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Every psychology major must complete thirty-six semester hours in psychology, as well as four hours in statistics. In addition to these forty semester hours, all students must satisfy the independent learning requirement of eight semester hours. Normally, at least four hours of independent learning should be in psychology. PSYC 380 Fieldwork in a Psychological Setting is a full-year course that meets the all-College requirement for independent learning, as do any two PSYC 350 courses. Alternatively, one course from the upper level research category may be counted as independent learning, provided it is followed by related work in PSYC 350.
The following five core courses are required:
To ensure that students receive sufficient breadth across substantive areas, as well as some depth within at least one area, the department also requires that students successfully complete at least one course chosen from each of the following five areas:
Social and Developmental
Clinical and Personality
Upper Level Theory and Application
Upper Level Research
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychological Science, is a prerequisite for all courses offered by the department except PSYC 220, for which the prerequisite is PSYC 101 or WGST 100. Upper-level courses have additional prerequisites as detailed in the course descriptions.
Recommendations: Students considering a major in psychology are advised to take PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science during their first year and MATH 118 Introductory Statistics in the fall semester of their sophomore year. In general, the department encourages flexible and individualized course planning both within and beyond the field of psychology. The chair or an advisor in the department can help with such program planning. The following examples serve as guides to planning an appropriate program.
Independent Learning in Psychology
The all-College Independent Learning Requirement (eight semester hours) can be met by taking two four-credit Psychology 350 (Independent Study) courses; Psychology 350 followed by Psychology 355: Psychology 380 (Fieldwork in a Psychological Setting), a one year eight-credit course; or Psychology 380 followed by Psychology 381. Normally, psychology majors should do at least four hours of independent learning in psychology. Arrangements should be made with the student's adviser and/or the PSYC 380 Fieldwork instructor before the end of the junior year. For further information about the program in neuroscience and behavior, contact Professor Rachel Galli in the Department of Psychology.
Students planning to attend medical, dental, or veterinary school should contact the health professions adviser as early as possible to be sure that to incorporate the courses required for admission to these professional schools.