Psychology Major Requirements

63 credits required for the major

  • 6 credits: The introductory course, PSYC 110. This requirement may be waived if the student received an AP score of 4 or 5 or a higher level IB score of 6 or 7.
  • 8 credits: The measurement and methods course and lab:
  • PSYC 200: Measurement and Data Analysis in Psychology
  • PSYC 201: Measurement and Data Analysis Lab

(ideally to be taken during the sophomore or junior year)

  • 24 credits (courses cannot count in two groups):

6 credits from the Biological and Behavioral Processes group 

  • PSYC 210: Psychology of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 216: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 218: Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSYC 220: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 263: Sleep and Dreaming
  • PSYC 267: Clinical Neuroscience · not offered in 2023-24

6 credits from the Cognitive Studies group

  • CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes
  • CGSC 236: Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making · not offered in 2023-24
  • MUSC 227: Perception and Cognition of Music · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 220: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 232: Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 234: Psychology of Language · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 238: Memory Processes

6 credits  from the Social Behavior, Development and Personality group

  • PSYC 244: Positive Psychology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 246: Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 248: Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 251: Lifespan Development · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 252: Personality · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 254: Psychopathology
  • PSYC 256: Social Behavior and Interpersonal Processes
  • PSYC 258: Social Cognition · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology

6 credits from any of the above courses listed in the groups

  • Two laboratory courses (in addition to PSYC 201) (4 credits):
  • CGSC 233: Laboratory in Cognitive Processes
  • MUSC 228: Perception and Cognition of Music Lab · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 211: Laboratory Research Methods in Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 217: Laboratory Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 219: Laboratory Research Methods in Hormones, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSYC 221: Laboratory Research Methods in Sensation and Perception · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 235: Psychology of Language Laboratory · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 253: Research Methods in Personality · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 257: Laboratory Research Methods in Social Behavior and Interpersonal Processes
  • PSYC 259: Laboratory Research Methods in Social Cognition · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 261: Health Psychology Lab
  • Two upper-level courses (12 credits):
  • CGSC 382: Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 318: Psychopharmacology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 354: Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 358: Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Cross-Cultural Psychopathology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 365: Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 366: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 367: Neuropsychology of Aging · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 370: Behavioral Neuroimmunology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 371: Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 373: Topics in Professional Psychology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 375: Language and Deception
  • PSYC 379: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 382: Topics in Social and Personality: Endings
  • PSYC 384: Psychology of Prejudice
  • PSYC 386: Intervention Science: Using Psychology to Advance Social Good · not offered in 2023-24

only one of which may be PSYC 318, PSYC 354 or PSYC 358

  • The capstone seminar (6 credits):
  • PSYC 358: Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Cross-Cultural Psychopathology · not offered in 2023-24
  • PSYC 399: Capstone Seminar
  • The integrative exercise PSYC 400 (3 credits)

Particular courses in biology, education, linguistics, mathematics and computer science, economics, philosophy, and sociology may also be recommended, depending on an individual’s interests and plans.

Majors will take the capstone seminar during the fall term of their senior year and their integrative exercise during the winter term of their senior year.