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Psychology Major

Recommended Sequence of Courses for the Undergraduate Major

Majors are required to complete 36 hours of psychology as detailed in the catalog

After you have completed Introductory Psychology (101), it is recommended that you take Statistics (268) and Experimental Psychology (269) as soon as possible to better equip you for your remaining course work, much of which requires 268 and 269. 

Early in your major, you may also wish to take some courses which have no requirements of only require Psyc 101. Courses with no pre-requisite include Developmental Psychology (Psyc 317), Social Psychology (Psyc 241), Cross Cultural Psychology (Psyc 235), and Neuroscience (Neur 241). Courses that only require Psyc 101 include Abnormal Psychology (Psyc 348) and Statistics (Psyc 268).  

  • If you intend to pursue graduate work in psychology, it is advised that you take more than the 36 required credits. You may wish to select those extra courses from a given study track.
  • If you are contemplating graduate work at the Ph.D. level, we also recommend some coursework in biology and computer applications.
  • Personality is the senior capstone course and should not be taken until your senior year.

After you have taken 20 credits of Psychology coursework, it is a good time to select an advanced seminar, which is usually a Psyc 481 course. The different topics have a different end number (such as 481-1, or 481-2).  

You may take up to 8 hours of internship, but only 4 hours will count toward the 36 required hours. The other 4 hours will be counted as general elective hours. Internships are a powerful way to better explore what sub-fields or sector of psychology you prefer in a career or vocational context. 

See all  courses available for the psychology major. 

Example Undergraduate Major Tracks

Psychology is a very large and complex field with more than 100 sub-fields. To help you choose a path through our course offerings we suggest you look at some example tracks recommended to prepare students for a few specializations that aim toward a large cluster of those 100-plus sub fields. 

Learn more about the courses you might choose for each track > 

  • Development Psychology Track
  • Social Psychology Track
  • Clinical or Counseling Psychology Track
  • Neuroscience Track