Psychology Department

Major and Minor Requirements

Major in Psychology

10 courses distributed as follows:

  • PSYC 290  Statistics  *
  • PSYC 295  Research Methods  ** 
  • 2 courses from Cluster A, at least one of which must have a laboratory:  
              PSYC 165  Comparative Animal Behavior in the Tropics (w/Lab) 
              PSYC 220  Brain and Behavior
              PSYC 260  Human Sexuality
              PSYC 280  Introduction to Psychopharmacology
              PSYC 300  Comparative Animal Behavior (w/Lab)
              PSYC 320  Cognitive Psychology (w/Lab)
              PSYC 323  Human Memory
              PSYC 330  Learning
              PSYC 335  Sensation and Perception
              PSYC 355  Evolutionary Psychology
              PSYC 360  Behavioral Neuroscience (w/Lab)
              PSYC 366  Behavioral Endocrinology
  • 2 courses from Cluster B:  
              PSYC 230  Social Psychology
              PSYC 240  Childhood and Adolescence
              PSYC 245  Adult Development and Aging
              PSYC 255  Stereotyping and Prejudice
              PSYC 352  Social Cognition
              PSYC 370  Personality
  • 1 course from Cluster C:  
              PSYC 400  Psychology of Gender
              PSYC 415  Psychology Practicum
              PSYC 425  History and Systems
              PSYC 480  Advanced Research
              PSYC 497  Senior Seminar
  • 3 electives from psychology listings at any level
  • A minimum of 4 of the 10 courses must be at the 300-level or above.

* PSYC 290  Statistics  is a prerequisite for PSYC 295  Research Methods
**PSYC 295  Research Methods  is a prerequisite for most other laboratory courses in the department.

 Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the psychology major consists of successful completion of a Cluster C course and the Major Field Test (MFT) in Psychology, which is intended as an assessment device for senior psychology majors. It consists of 140 multiple-choice items covering the major areas of psychology. The examination is normally taken during the spring semester of the senior year. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the student's score on the Psychology MFT.

Minor in Psychology

Six courses in psychology, of which three must be at the 300-level or above.


PSYC 415 Psychology Practicum does not count toward the minor.