The curriculum in the Department of Psychology is designed to provide an introduction to the subfields within the discipline. Emphasis throughout is on the scientific study of behavior and its underlying cognitive and biological processes.
Students with little or no background in psychology should take PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology.
Students who have had a year-long course in psychology while in high school may wish to skip Introduction to Psychology and take either
220 Brain and Behavior
230 Social Psychology
240 Childhood and Adolescence
245 Adult Development and Aging
255 Stereotyping and Prejudice
students should not enroll in PSYC 290 Statistics or PSYC 295 Research
students do not have a good background in psychology, the first psychology
course to take is PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology. A second
course at the 200-level should be chosen for the year. It should be emphasized,
however, that students who have had a year-long course in psychology while in
high school may wish to skip Introduction to Psychology and
take PSYC 220 Brain and Behavior, PSYC
230 Social Psychology, PSYC 240 Childhood and Adolescence,
PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging, or PSYC 255 Stereotyping and Prejudice.
Sophomore Psychology majors, students will frequently take PSYC 290 Statistics in the fall and PSYC 295 Research
Methods (a laboratory course) in the spring. Both Statistics and
Research Methods are required for the major and should be taken during the
sophomore year, if possible. These two courses must be taken in two different
semesters, with Statistics coming first.
taking the introductory and foundational courses listed above, students are
ready to take courses that explore psychological topics in depth. These courses
260 Human Sexuality
280 Introduction to Psychopharmacology
300 Comparative Animal Behavior (Lab)
320 Cognitive Psychology (Lab)
323 Human Memory
335 Sensation and Perception
340 Psychological Assessment
351 Health Psychology
352 Social Cognition
355 Evolutionary Psychology
360 Behavioral Neuroscience (Lab)
366 Behavioral Endocrinology
367 Psychology and Law
385 Abnormal Psychology
courses that are designed for students with a good background in psychology
380 Psychology Practicum
390 History and Systems
400 Psychology of Gender
480 Advanced Research
courses are typically taken in the junior or senior year.
Sequencing of Courses
- Statistics is a prerequisite for
- Research Methods is a
prerequisite for most other psychology laboratory courses.
- Students planning to go to
graduate schools that require the Psychology portion or the General portion of
the GRE are advised to take these tests at the end of the junior year or early
in the senior year.
- Students who have already taken
two or more psychology courses at the 200-level or above will not be allowed to
take Introduction to Psychology.
- Students who take PSYC 295 Research
Methods must take the corresponding lab section. For example, PSYC 295
L1 is the correct lab to accompany PSYC 295 01.
- PSYC 380 Psychology
Practicum will not count toward the minor.
- PSYC 165 Comparative
Animal Behavior in the Tropics is a summer course appropriate for
students at any level.