The Psychology Major

The Psychology Department offers a bachelor of arts degree in general psychology. A major in Psychology requires completion of 11 psychology courses, totaling 35 credits (previously 12 psychology courses, totaling 39 credits).

  • Foundations: Introducing Psychology and its Methods
    • All students take two core courses, Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100) and Methods and Statistics in Psychology (PSY 260).
      • Please note that the one-semester Methods and Statistics in Psychology (PSY 260) course has replaced the two-semester Research Design and Statistical Analysis I & II (RDSA) course.
  • Breadth: Exploring Psychology from Diverse Perspectives
    • Students take at least one course from four domains: Understanding Individuals, Understanding Biological Processes, Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts, and Understanding Developmental Processes.
  • Depth: Developing Interests and Applying Research Methods to the Study of Behavior
    • Students then have the opportunity to specialize by taking at least one seminar course, one advanced laboratory course, and three electives.

The Neuroscience Certificate

The Department of Psychology offers a certificate in neuroscience in collaboration with the Department of Biology.

Four freshman psychology majors and four biology majors are accepted into the program each year. After completing Introduction to Psychology and General Biology I their first semester; students apply to the program in the spring semester of their freshman year.

Students can also earn the certificate without being formally admitted into the program if they complete all the required coursework.

Learn more about the Neuroscience Certificate.

Ready to Declare a Major in Psychology?

  1. Complete the Change of Major/Minor Form and submit your form following the instructions from the Registrar.
  2. Once your online form is received, you may be contacted to schedule an appointment with the Department of Psychology’s Chair or Assistant Chair.
  3. After your scheduled meeting, approved changes will be made on Cyberfriar.