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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

Students who successfully complete the psychology major will have:

  • A basic understanding of major areas of psychology such as development, personality, social, cognition, biopsychology, abnormal psychology;
  • The ability to read and comment on primary research in psychology;
  • The ability to design, carry-out, and evaluate research in psychology;
  • Knowledge in personally identified and selected specialties in psychology;
  • Basic knowledge of psychology as a scientific discipline.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The psychology major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the major.

For a major: A total of 41 credits including: 090, 101, 251, 252 and 485;

  • one introductory course from each concentration for a total of 12 credits:
    • social/personality (option A): 284 or 287
    • developmental/abnormal (option B): 281 or 286
    • biopsychology/cognition (option C): 282 or 283
  • one seminar from one of the concentrations and one other upper division course (may be another seminar) from a different concentration for a total of 8 credits:
    • social/personality (option A): 330, 347, 384, 387
    • developmental/abnormal (option B): 341, 352, 372, 381, 386
    • biopsychology/cognition (option C): 325, 382, 383
  • one research class
    • social/personality (option A): 492
    • developmental/abnormal (option B): 493
    • biopsychology/cognition (option C): 494
  • an additional 4 credits of electives in Psychology

For a minor: At least 20 credits including the following: 101, 251, 252; one course from 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287; one seminar, other than the Senior Seminar, or one elective upperdivision course numbered 300 and higher selected from eligible upper-division courses listed for the major.

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