In addition to a minimum of 50 hours of psychology coursework, students are required to complete a series of extradepartmental courses selected from the natural sciences and either mathematics or computer science.
Majors must complete three courses in ONE of the following natural science areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Environmental and Plant Biology
Courses that will fulfill this requirement are listed in the Natural Sciences requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences section of the catalog and in the Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences portion of students’ DARS. Courses taken to fulfill the extradepartmental requirement simultaneously apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences area requirement.
The three courses you choose for your extradepartmental natural science requirement must have the same departmental prefix, with the following exception: If BIOL 101 is used as one of the courses, it may be combined with either two Environmental and Plant Biology (PBIO) courses or two Biological Science (BIOS) courses. The intention of the extradepartmental natural science requirement is to provide a basic foundation in at least one natural science area, while allowing flexibility in the choice of area. However, students who are planning to attend graduate school in psychology are encouraged to complete the three courses in Biological Sciences (BIOL, BIOS).
Undergraduate psychology majors must also take two courses in either mathematics or computer science. Students may select any two courses in Mathematics (MATH) numbered 113 or above (except 251) OR any two courses in Computer Science (C S) numbered 200 or above. These courses are required to ensure that majors have at least a basic literacy in mathematics or computer science, but to allow students to select from a wide range of levels. MATH or C S courses chosen for the extradepartmental requirement may simultaneously apply to the Natural Sciences area for Arts and Sciences distribution requirements, except MATH 113, 115, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, and 320. You may choose MATH 250, but only if it is completed BEFORE you take PSY 221. Do not take MATH 251 because credit is not allowed for both MATH 251 and PSY 221. MATH 113, 115, 163A, 263A, 266A, or a math placement of PL2 or higher is the prerequisite for taking PSY 221.
For qualified students, the Department offers a departmental honors program. A detailed description is available from the Department; apply to the assistant chair for undergraduate studies.
Requirements for all psychology programs are structured to provide you with exposure to several areas of psychology, while providing latitude in selecting courses to fit your needs and interests. Consult your academic advisor early in your program to plan appropriate course selections, particularly if you are considering graduate work in psychology.
At the graduate level, the Department offers doctoral programs in clinical, experimental, and organizational psychology. Information about the graduate programs is available from the assistant chair for graduate studies.