Psychology Major Requirements
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REQUIREMENTS FOR A PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR
A minimum of 36 credits is required. Click here to download the Psychology Major checklist form. One hundred and twenty credits are needed to graduate (not including courses you previously passed that have been repeated), with 39 credits of upper level classes (3000 level or above) required.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES
1130 General Psychology
2230 Intro to Experimental
3960 Behavioral Research I
3970 Behavioral Research II
4330 History and Systems
✱1830 Elementary Statistics (Math)
✱3000 Technical Writing (English)
✱Does NOT count toward 36 credits required for the major.
○ Successful completion of Junior Writing Exam
Elective Category 1: Applied Courses — select TWO from this section
2530 Psychology of Women
2930 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
3130 Child Psychology
3230 Adolescent Psychology
3990 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
4030 Theories of Personality
4830 Psychology and the Law
Elective Category 2: Experimental-Content Courses — select TWO from this section
3000 Cognitive Psychology
3030 Learning and Behavior
3430 Physiological Psychology
3530 Social Psychology
Elective Category 3: Clinical Courses — select TWO from this section
4430 Abnormal Psychology
4840 Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment
4850 Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Pop
4930 Techniques of Counseling
Plus at least four (4) elective credits: Select additional courses from Elective Categories
2010 Careers in Couns and Human Services (1 cr)
2030 Psychology of Personal Adjustment
3630 Psychology of Human Sexuality
3830 Psychology and Religion
4020 Contemporary Issues in Psych (1-3 cr)
4660 Cooperative Field Experience (1-8 cr)
4730 Independent Study in Psychology (1-3 cr)
4940 Adv Techn of Counseling and Psychotherapy
4950 Social Work Practice w/Groups and Families
- A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all psychology courses that contribute to the 36 hour requirement for a psychology major.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in 1130 General Psychology in order to enroll in 2230 Introduction to Experimental Psychology.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in 2230 Introduction to Experimental Psychology in order to enroll in 3960 Behavioral Research I and 3970 Behavioral Research II.
- Elementary Statistics (Math 1830) must be successfully completed (D or better) before taking Behavioral Research I (3960) and II (3970). (Math 1830 DOES NOT count toward the 36 required credits, but may be applied to university general requirements in Math.)
Departmental Writing Requirements: All psychology majors must successfully complete the following writing requirements:
- Completion of English Composition 1130 and 1230 with a minimum grade of “C,” or verification of testing-out by the Department of Humanities (English).
- Satisfactory completion of papers in those courses in which papers are required, which are evaluated for ability to communicate in written form as well as knowledge of psychological concepts.
- Satisfactory completion of the junior writing exam. During the first semester of a student’s junior year, each major will write an essay which will be evaluated for writing competence and psychological content. Successful completion of an essay is required for graduation as a psychology major.
- Four credits of CFE may count toward the 36 required credits for the major; up to eight credits of CFE may count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
PREREQUISITE NOTE: General Psychology 1130 is a prerequisite for ALL psychology classes (other prerequisites exist for some courses).
Effective Fall 1999
Revised 6/01;12/07;3/09; 5/09; 5/10; 11/11; 10/12
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