Complete Explanation Of Requirements And Recommended Sequences.

Category I : General Psychology

  1. All students must complete Psychology 100 or its equivalent as a prerequisite for other psychology courses.
  2. Psy 200, Orientation to the Psychology Major, is a one credit pass/no pass course that can help you explore career options with a Psych Major as well as learn more about the science and profession of psychology. Students are encouraged to enroll in this course after completing Psych 100.

Category II: Experimental and Research Methods

  1. You should plan to take Psychology 231/232 during your sophomore year or the beginning of your junior year (do you remember reading this before--GOOD! You were paying attention). This is a lecture/lab course that is Writing Emphasis. This will provide you with a writing emphasis course in the major, a general education requirement.
  2. Psy 231/232 is a prerequisite for several other upper level psychology courses and is required for entrance into the Psychology Honor's program.
  3. You do not need to have completed Math 145 prior to enrolling in Psy 231/232. Some students find that completing Psy 231/232 first helps them with Math 145.
  4. Psy 451 requires the completion of both Math 145 and Psy 231/232. It is usually taken at the end of junior year or during your senior year.

Category III: Developmental

  1. Psy 210 - Developmental Psychology is the pre-requisite for other Developmental courses. This is a good course to take following Psy 100 and as a sophomore. It is not the same course as Psy 212 and Psy 212 does not count toward the major.
  2. You need at least one other developmental course. Select this based on your personal and/or career interests.

Category IV: Psychopathology

  1. All students are required to take Psy 304, Abnormal Psychology. Prerequisites Psy 100 or 212 plus you must have second semester sophomore status to enroll in this course.

Category V: Social/Personality

  1. 6 credits required. Psy 402, personality is recommended for students interested in Human Services type work or graduate work in this area (social work, counseling, etc.). Prerequisites: Psy 100 or 212 and junior standing.

Category VI: Advanced Experimental and Biopsychology

Five credits are required (increased from 2 credits in the previous version of major).

  1. These courses all require Psy 231/232 as a prerequisite.
  2. Although not required, most students will be juniors or seniors when enrolling in these courses.
  3. Pay particular attention to when these courses are offered. Each one is usually only taught once per year.
  4. These courses are important for anyone planning to take the GRE Psychology Exam for graduate school and for students interested in allied health fields.

Category VII: Experiential

  1. One credit is required, but we strongly encourage many more. Additional credits gained here, as with categories III, V, and VI can be used as elective credit.
  2. There are a variety of types of experiential learning offered in this category, from volunteer experiences to teaching or research work.
  3. Psy 309 is a one credit course that you are encourage to take that offers you credit for volunteering in an appropriate organization or agency. You must be currently enrolled or have completed one of the following courses to enroll in Psy 309: Psy 310 Child Development, Psy 311 Adolescent Development, Psy 312 Adulthood and Aging and or Psy 304 Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psy 450 is an internship course in psychology. You can enroll for 1 to 3 credits. You must have junior status and be in an approved placement. Students may also gain additional internship credit by enrolling in CEI 450. Credits earned through this course number apply to graduation requirements only, and not the Psychology major.

Category VIII: Elective credit.

  1. Students need a minimum of seven elective credits. These can be taken from this category or through additional credits taken in categories III, V, VI and VII.
  2. Selection of courses here should be based on personal and career interests. Your advisor can help you select appropriate courses.