Course Planning

The Psychology Department recommends planning your courses a year or two in advance to ensure that you have the prerequisites necessary for upper level courses. There are 10 courses required to fulfill a psychology major:

  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 310 Psychology Research: Design and Analysis
  • One methods course from Cognitive/Neuroscience areas
  • One methods course from Developmental/Clinical or Social-I/O areas
  • At least one seminar
  • Four electives, any columns (can include seminars, tutorials, practica)
  • One capstone-level course (PSY 400, 401, 402)

You must also meet the major distribution requirement, at least one course from each of the three major areas of psychology, including cognitive and neuroscience, clinical and developmental, and social and industrial/organizational. Seminars do not count towards your major distribution requirement.

A third methods course is required to be eligible to be considered for honors.

To help ensure that you meet all of the necessary requirements, you may download this helpful course planning sheet (PDF).

Upcoming Course Offerings

The schedule below represents courses the Psychology Department expects to offer in coming semesters (Academic Year 2015-2016). Specific course offerings are not guaranteed because some scheduling changes may occur.

Fall 2015

Introductory Psychology Courses
PSY 101 General Psychology (Leyva / Boyd)
PSY 310 Psychology Research Design & Analysis (Tonidandel)

Cognitive/Neuroscience
PSY 303 Psychology Research: Behavioral Neuropsychology (Ramirez)
PSY 304 Psychology Research: Memory (Multhaup)
PSY 282 Learning (Smith)
PSY 284 Drugs & Behavior (Smith)

Clinical/Developmental
PSY 231 Abnormal Psychology (TBA)
PSY 314 Psychology Research: Clinical (TBA)

Social/I-O
PSY 232 Social Psychology (Good)
PSY 254 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Boyd)
PSY 318 Psychology Research: Social Psychology (Good)

Seminar
PSY 377 Life Stories (Multhaup)
PSY 355 Culture, Parenting, and Literacy (Leyva)

Capstone
PSY 400 Thesis (by arrangement with individual faculty)

Spring 2016

Introductory Psychology Courses
PSY 101 General Psychology (TBA)
PSY 310 Psychology Research Design & Analysis (Boyd)

Cognitive/Neuroscience
PSY 301 Psychology Research: Perception & Attention (Munger)
PSY 302 Psychology Research: Behavioral Pharmacology (Smith)

Clinical/Developmental
PSY 241 Child Development (Leyva)
PSY 245 Psychology of Aging (Multhaup)
PSY 315 Psychology Research: Child Development (Leyva)

Social/I-O
PSY 316 (Tonidandel)

Seminar
PSY 364 Topics (TBA)

Capstone
PSY 400 Senior Thesis (by arrangement with individual faculty)
PSY 401 Issues in Psychology (Multhaup / Boyd)
PSY 402 History & Systems in Psychology (Munger)