School of Natural Science and Mathematics
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:
Special cases: Up to six credits of each of the following electives count toward the major: PSYCH 350 and 399. Only three credits of PSYCH 480 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:
Any five PSYCH courses for which prerequisites are met
The following courses are typically not open to minors: PSYCH 390, 399, 480, and 498.
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.