School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Psychology Majors and Minors
The Department of Psychology offers courses designed to introduce students to the science and profession of psychology and to consider the psychological nature of people in the context of liberal education. In addition to preparing students for graduate training in psychology or related professions, psychology courses also educate in many basic skills important to other professional areas, including business, law, public administration and research. The department requires students to develop and conduct individual research projects as a means of developing these basic skills.
The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology requires the completion of a minimum of 13 psychology courses (40 credit hours) according to the following distribution:
Core/Research Group (four required)
Core/Content Group (four required)
Experimental Group (one required)
Elective Group (four required)
PSYCH 301 Principles of Psychotherapy
PSYCH 314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYCH 320 Sport Psychology
PSYCH 330 Psychological Testing
PSYCH 430 Personality
PSYCH 345 Human Sexuality
PSYCH 350 Special Topics
PSYCH 355 Sleep and Dreams
PSYCH 360 Environmental Psychology
PSYCH 365 Drugs and Addiction
PSYCH 370 Animal Behavior
PSYCH 380 Psychology of Gender
PSYCH 399 Research
PSYCH 405 History and Systems
PSYCH 480 Internship
plus any of the Experimental Group not previously completed
Special cases: Up to six credits of each of the following electives count toward the major: PSYCH 350 Special Topics and PSYCH 399 Research. Only three credits of PSYCH 480 Internship count toward the major.
Students should choose courses in consultation with an advisor within the department. Courses should reflect the student's career goals. Additional courses in mathematics or natural science may be recommended for acceptance into select graduate schools.
Biopsychology Interdisciplinary Major
The psychology department also administers a custom-designed biopsychology major under the University's interdisciplinary major program. Students interested in this major should contact the department chair to plan a program of this nature.
The requirements for a minor in psychology are at least six psychology courses:
PSYCH 100 Foundations of Psychology
Any five PSYCH courses for which prerequisites are met
Many of the department's elective courses are cross-listed with other exciting programs, allowing students to add further minors in environmental studies and gender studies.
► See the psychology course list for more details about the specific classes in each program.
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the Registrar's Office.