Undergraduate courses in psychology give students an opportunity to learn what research has shown about:
- how behavior is motivated;
- how people perceive, learn, and think;
- how individuals differ from one another;
- how personality develops from infancy to maturity and is expressed by behavior; and
- how interpersonal factors affect human relationships in the home, on the job, and in the community.
The curriculum in psychology is intended to enhance one's understanding of behavioral science and of oneself and others in terms of concepts developed by study. To that end, we offer three concentrations: in Psychology; in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science; and in Neuroscience. To help you focus your studies around your particular set of interests, we offer ten curriculum guides (lists of recommended courses for students interested in a particular field of study).
Psychology Waitlist Procedure (beginning Fall 2009)
All sections of all undergraduate courses have a waitlist (except courses that are “Instructor Consent,” First-Year Seminars, and Independent Studies).
After the Early Registration period, the Department will provide permission to register as seats become available in classes using the following guidelines:
- Upper level courses - seats will be offered to senior concentrators (85+ credits), then junior concentrators (55-84 credits), sophomore concentrators (25-54 credits), then non-concentrators. BBCS and Neuroscience students will be given priority for BBCS/Neuroscience eligible courses.
- Breadth courses — seats will be offered first to concentrators by class rank, then all others in waitlist order.
- 100-200 level courses - waitlist order with freshmen and sophomore students receiving priority.
Students will have 72 hours to register for the class before the permission expires. Being on a waitlist does not guarantee a spot in the class.
Be aware that the waitlist closes on the first day of the term. That is, students cannot add themselves to the waitlist once the term begins.
IT IS CRITICAL THAT STUDENTS ATTEND CLASSES FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM. EVEN THOUGH STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED OFFICIALLY FOR A COURSE, THE DEPARTMENT MAY REQUEST THAT THEY BE DISENROLLED IF THEY DO NOT ATTEND INITIAL CLASSES.
All sections of courses meet from the first day of classes, even if the discussion or lab section is scheduled before the first lecture. Students must attend class from the beginning of the term or risk being dropped from the class.
Some instructors will choose to close the class on the first day of the term so that all enrollment requires permission. If the enrollment has not reached the posted maximum, instructors will have a process for admitting students who have been attending class.
Questions about enrollment and permission to register should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Concurrent Enrollment in STATS 350 and a Gateway/Breadth Group Course
The Psychology Department will allow concurrent enrollment in STATS 350 and a Gateway/Breadth Course that requires STATS 350 as a pre-requisite. If students are interested in this option, they will need to fill out the form at the Registration Policies link above, indicating their top choices. The student may choose up to three discussion sections of each Gateway/Breadth Group Course. The Gateway/Breadth Group Courses that require STATS 350 as a pre-requisite are: PSYCH 230, PSYCH 240, PSYCH 260, PSYCH 280, and PSYCH 290. Permissions will only be given after students who have the enforced pre-requisites have been given a chance to register.