Curriculum- Psychology, B.S.

Students who want to receive a Bachelor of Science degree must have their program approved by a Psychology advisor no later than the end of the first half of their junior year.

A. Liberal Education

Refer to Liberal Education Curriculum for specific requirements.

B. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirements 

In addition to meeting all the requirements for the B.A., students wishing to earn a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the following:

  • Math at the Pre-calculus level or higher (currently MA2090) AND
  • Two years (4 semesters) of science courses with laboratory (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics). Science courses for non-majors cannot be applied toward the B.S. degree.

Students wishing to earn the B.S. degree must have their program approved by a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department no later than the end of the first half of their junior year.

C. Core requirements 

  1. Math at the Pre-Calculus level or higher
  2. Two years (i.e. 4 semesters) of science courses with laboratories (e.g. Biology I & II  with lab and Chemistry I and II with lab)
  3. PY2010 Introduction to Psychology
  4. PY3110 Research Methods I: (Orientation)
  5. PY3120 Research Methods II: (Statistics)
  6. PY4100 Research Methods III (Advanced Research Skills)
  7. PY4130 Field Experience and Research
  8. One 5000 level Senior Seminar (Note: All 5000 level courses meet this requirement)

D. Five Electives

  1. Group A Platform Elective
  2. Group B Platform Elective
  3. Group C Platform Elective
  4. 3000/4000 Level Elective
  5. 4000 Level Elective

PLATFORM ELECTIVES

GROUP A- COGNITIVE & PHYSIOLOGICAL GROUP B-CLINICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, & SOCIAL GROUP C-DIVERSITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

PY3410 Cognitive Psychology

PY3215 Foundations of Child Development

PY2340 Community Psychology

PY3420 Learning & Motivation

PY3310 Abnormal Human Behavior

PY2530 Psychology of Prejudice

PY3610 Brain & Behavior

PY3311 Theories of Personality

PY2720 Psychology of Gender

PY3620 Drugs & Behavior

PY3510 Social Psychology

PY3710 Psychology & Social Justice

Note: 3000-4000 Level Electives can be picked from Group A, B, and C Electives. 4000 Level Electives can also be picked from Group A, B, and C Electives.

1. Group A Elective

Cognitive

  • PY3410 Cognitive Psychology
  • PY3420 Learning & Motivation
  • PY3430 Psychology of Decision-Making and Judgment
  • PY4403 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY4410 Psychology of Teaching & Learning

Physiological

  • PY3610 Brain & Behavior
  • PY3620 Drugs & Behavior
  • PY4230 The Psychobiology of Aging
  • PY4401 Developmental Neuropathology
  • PY4402 Neuropsychopharmacology
  • PY4610 Clinical Neuropsychology

2. Group B Elective

Clinical & Personality

  • PY3020 Health Psychology
  • PY3310 Abnormal Human Behavior
  • PY3311 Theories of Personality
  • PY3320 Peer Counseling
  • PY3330 Psychology of Addictions
  • PY3530 Forensic Psychology
  • PY4320 Counseling Psychology
  • PY4330 Behavior Modification
  • PY4340 Clinical & Educational Assessment
  • PY4520 Family Dynamics

Developmental

  • PY3215 Foundations of Child Development
  • PY3230 Adulthood & Aging
  • PY4210 The Exceptional Child
  • PY4420 Adolescent Development
  • PY4450 Infants & Toddlers

Social

  • PY3500 Personal & Professional Decision-Making
  • PY3510 Social Psychology
  • PY3520 Group Process
  • PY3540 Environmental Psychology
  • PY3550 Social Psychology of Work
  • PY3565 Organizational Psychology
  • PY4010 History of Psychology
  • PY4140 Internship in Applied Psychology
  • PY4350 Psychology of Violence

3. Group C Elective

Diversity & Social justice

  • PY2340 Community Psychology
  • PY2530 Psychology of Prejudice
  • PY2720 Psychology of Gender
  • PY2730 Psychology of Peoples of African Descent in the US
  • PY3710 Psychology and Social Justice
  • PY3740 Psychology of Latinos
  • PY3750 Psychology of Asian Americans
  • PY4720 Psychology of Women
  • PY4730 African-American Family Dynamics

E. Departmental GPA and Minimum Grade Requirements

  • Minimum Psychology GPA of 2.5 based on highest grade in each of the 11 courses required for the major
  • Minimum grade of C in Introduction to Psychology, Research Design and Analysis I, Research Design and Analysis II