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Psychology 4-Year Plan

This is the ideal structure of courses across four years to assure your timely completion of the psychology major. Things like transfer credits, course availability, and specific needs of an individual student will impact your precise progression through the program—so use this sequence only as a guide.

Specific courses should always be scheduled after consulting with your academic advisor.

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Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year

Freshman Year

This is a recommended plan for the freshman year towards meeting degree requirements.

Required Courses

  • UNIV 100 - First Year Seminar; 3 Credit(s).
  • ENGL 101 - Introduction to Academic Writing; 3 Credit(s).
  • ENGL 102 - Writing and Research About Culture; 3 Credit(s).
  • MATH 103 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals; 3 Credit(s) OR MATH 105 - Applied College Algebra; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 209 - General Psychology I; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 210 - General Psychology II; 3 Credit(s).
  • STAT 214 - Elementary Statistics; 3 Credit(s). (Grade of "C'' or better must be earned.)
  • BIOL 121 - Biological Principles and Issues I; 3 Credit(s).
  • BIOL 123 - Biological Principles and Issues I Laboratory; 1 Credit(s).
  • MODL (7 Credits)
    • Choice of foreign language will be selected from FREN, SPAN, GERM, or LATN in consultation with academic advisor. All MODL course requirements must be completed in a single foreign language.
      • MODL 101 (4 Credits)
      • MODL 102 (3 Credits)

Total: 32 Credits

Sophomore Year

This is a recommended plan for the sophomore year towards meeting degree requirements.

Required Courses

  • BIOL 122 - Biological Principles and Issues II; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 315 - Experimental Psychology I; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC (3 Credits)
    • Choose from:
      • PSYC 330 - Social Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
      • PSYC 340 - Theories of Personality; 3 Credit(s).
  • MODL (3 Credits)
    • MODL 201; 3 Credits.
  • ENGL (3 Credits)
    • Choose from:
      • ENGL 210 - Literary Genres; 3 Credit(s).
      • ENGL 211 - Thematic Approaches to Literature; 3 Credit(s).
      • ENGL 212 - Literature and Other Media; 3 Credit(s).
  • PHIL (3 Credits)
    • Choose from:
      • PHIL 202 - Critical Thinking; 3 Credit(s).
      • PHIL 340 - Philosophy of Mind; 3 Credit(s).
      • PHIL 342 - Philosophy of Science; 3 Credit(s).
  • HIST (3 Credits)
    • Any HIST that pre-requisites have been met.
  • Behavioral Science (3 Credits)
    • Choose from ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POLS, or SOCI in consultation with advisor.
    • NOTE: At least 6 credits of behavioral sciences coursework are required with 3 credits at the 200-level or above.
  • ARTS Elective (3 Credits)
    • Choose from an academic advisor-approved list from DANC, MUS, THEA, or VIAR, in consultation with academic advisor.

Total: 27 Credits

Junior Year

This is a recommended plan for the junior year towards meeting degree requirements.

Required Courses

  • ENGL 359 - Advanced Writing in Social Sciences; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 435 - Principles of Learning; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC (3 Credits)
    • Choose from:
      • PSYC 321 - Psychology of Substance Abuse; 3 Credit(s).
      • PSYC 425(G) - Principles of Physiological Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC Electives (6 Credits)
    • 6 credits chosen from PSYC offerings excluding PSYC 110 and PSYC 313.
  • Minor (9 Credits)
    • Courses towards fulfillment of a minor requirement in an approved area. At least 6 credits for the minor requirement must be from courses at the 300/400 level.
  • Physical Science Elective (3 Credits)
    • Chosen from CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS.
  • Humanities Elective (3 Credits)
    • In consultation with academic advisor, choose from HIST, ENGL, MODL, PHIL, HUMN, or CMCN.

Total: 30 Credits

Senior Year

This is a recommended plan for the senior year towards meeting degree requirements.

Required Courses

  • PSYC 400 - Professional Issues in Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 455 - Human Psychological Development; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC (3 Credits)
    • Choose from:
      • PSYC 415 - Experimental Psychology II; 3 Credit(s).
      • PSYC 442 - Psychological Measurement; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC Elective (3 Credit)
    • 3 credits chosen from PSYC offerings excluding PSYC 110 and PSYC 313.
  • Minor (9 Credits)
    • Courses towards fulfillment of a minor requirement in an approved area. At least 6 credits for the minor requirement must be from courses at the 300/400 level.
  • HIST (3 Credits)
    • Any HIST that pre-requisites have been met.
  • Behavioral ScienceElective (3 Credits)
    • Choose from ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POLS, or SOCI in consultation with academic advisor.
    • NOTE: At least 6 credits of behavioral sciences coursework are required with 3 credits at the 200-level or above.
  • Elective (4 Credits)
    • To be selected in consultation with academic advisor.

Total: 31 Credits