Students considering a major in psychology are advised to take PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology and MATH 118 Introductory Statistics (or MATH 238 Applied Statistical Models) during their first year. The order in which these courses are taken is not important.
In general, the department encourages flexible and individualized course planning both within and beyond the field of psychology. The chair or an adviser in the department can help with such program planning. The following examples serve as guides to planning an appropriate program.
- A student planning a career working with children, such as early childhood education, counseling, child guidance, or school psychology, should consider PSYC 235, 236, 241, 335, 336, and 339.
- A student planning a career in a hospital setting or another where physiological research may be involved should consider PSYC 243, 246, 247, and 302. Relevant courses in biology, chemistry, and computer science are also recommended.
- A student interested in a career in behavioral research, human factors, computer-based instruction, or computer science should consider PSYC 243, 246, 247, and 301. Students are also encouraged to attain some competence in relevant areas of mathematics and/or computer science.
- A student with career interests in the clinical and personality area should consider PSYC 230, 231, 241, 331, and 336.
- A student planning a career in social service or human resources should consider PSYC 230, 231, 241, 246, 248, and 348.