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About the Major

The department offers a psychology major leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The choice of degree program should be determined after consultation with a member of the department. Both degree programs emphasize research methodology and would be appropriate for students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology or allied fields. The B.S. program places greater emphasis on experimentation and research than does the B.A. program.

A major in psychology leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 42 credits in psychology and cognate fields distributed as follows:

  1. Three courses selected from PSYC 111, 112, 113, and 114 
  2. PSYC 120, 250, 304, 403, and either PSYC 202 or 210
  3. At least one additional course selected from PSYC 150, 202, 210, 215, 230, 235, and 240 
  4. Two courses selected from PSYC 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 261, 262, 265, and 269
  5. Eight or nine additional credits in psychology or cognate courses approved by the department.

A major in psychology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of 49 or 50 credits in psychology and cognate fields distributed as follows:

  1. Three courses selected from PSYC 111, 112, 113, and 114
  2. PSYC 120, 250, 304, 403, and 473
  3. Two courses selected from PSYC 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 261, 262, 265, and 269
  4. Six credits selected from PSYC 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 357, 361, 362, 365, and 369
  5. 12 credits in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics, exclusive of CHEM 100 and PHYS 150 and 151.

HONORS: An Honors Program in psychology is offered for qualified students; see department head for details no later than the winter term of the sophomore year.