General Concentration Plan
This document is intended as a working document. The courses described below represent a broad selection of courses available through the Psychology Department. From time to time the Department will make additional courses available for election.
A concentration in Psychology can lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
- Psychology Concentration worksheet (Word file)
Prerequisites to Concentration
In order to concentrate in Psychology, you must complete one of the following courses with a grade of C or better. Only one of the introductory psychology courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite credits do not count toward the number required for the concentration.
Please note: Beginning in Fall 08, students will be required to take the following as prerequisites to the concentration: Intro Psych, Stats requirement, Two Breadth Group Courses. Additionally, the concentration will then require 24 concentration credits (in non-prerequisite courses).
PSYCH 111 : Introduction to Psychology (no credit granted to those who have completed 112 and/or 114)
PSYCH 112 : Introduction to Psychology as Natural Science (no credit granted to those who have completed 111 and/or 114)
PSYCH 114 : Honors Introduction to Psychology (no credit granted to those who have completed 111, or 112)
PSYCH 115 : Honors Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science (no credit granted to those who have completed 111, 112, or 114)
Psychology Concentration Requirements
A total of 34 credits in post-introductory courses, including:
Breadth (Gateway) Requirement
One course from each of the following three groups:
PSYCH 230 (330) : Introduction to Biopsychology 4 cr
PSYCH 240 (340) : Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 250 (350) : Introduction to Developmental Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 270 (370) : Introduction to Psychopathology 4 cr
PSYCH 260 (360) : Introduction to Organizational Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 280 (280) : Introduction to Social Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 290 (390) : Introduction to Personality Psychology 4 cr
Note: While it is not unusual for students to take more than one course from a breadth group, only one course from each group may be counted toward the Psychology concentration
To fulfill the lab requirement, students may complete either:
- two (at least 3 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based lab courses;
- one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Methods-based lab courses and one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Experiential lab courses (i.e., Community-based or Research-based); or
- the Psychology Honors Research sequence and one course (at least 3 credits) from the list of Methods-based courses.
Methods-Based Lab Courses
PSYCH 303 : Research Methods in Psychology 3 cr
PSYCH 331 : Advanced Lab in Biopsychology 4 cr
PSYCH 341 : Advanced Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 342 : Advanced Lab in Judgment and Decision Making 3 cr
PSYCH 351 : Advanced Lab in Developmental Psychology 3 cr
PSYCH 361 : Advanced Lab in Organizational Psychology 4 cr
PSYCH 371 (372) : Advanced Lab in Psychopathology 3 cr
PSYCH 381 : Advanced Lab in Social Psychology 3 cr
PSYCH 383 : Introduction to Survey Research 3 cr
PSYCH 391 : Advanced Lab in Personality Psychology 3 cr
Experiential Lab Courses
(3 Credits Minimum)
PSYCH 304 : Practicum in Teaching and Leading Groups 2-4 cr
PSYCH 305 : Practicum in Psychology 1-4 cr
PSYCH 306 : Project Outreach Group Leading 3 cr
PSYCH 307 : Directed Experiences with Children 3-4 cr
PSYCH 308 : Peer Advising Practicum in Psychology 2-3 cr
PSYCH 310 : Training in Processes of Intergroup Dialogues 3 cr
PSYCH 311 : Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues 3 cr
PSYCH 317 : Community-Based Research & Laboratory in Community Research 4 cr
PSYCH 319 : Empowering Families & Communities/Laboratory in Community Intervention 4 cr
PSYCH 325 : Practicum in the Multicultural Community 1-4 cr
PSYCH 485 : Gender, Mentoring, and Technology 3 cr
Credit/No Credit Courses
PSYCH 211 : Project Outreach 1-3 cr
PSYCH 404 : Field Practicum 1-12 cr
PSYCH 405 : Field Practicum 1-5 cr
NOTE: A total of six credits of Psychology letter graded Community-based courses may be counted towards the Psychology concentration. Credit/No Credit courses may fulfill the Community-based Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits.
Research-Based Lab Courses
PSYCH 326 : Faculty Directed Early Research for Psychology as a Natural Science 1-4 cr
PSYCH 327 : Faculty Directed Early Research for Psychology as a Social Science 1-4 cr
PSYCH 422 (505) : Faculty Directed Advanced Research/Natural Science 1-6 cr
PSYCH 423 (505) : Faculty Directed Advanced Research/Social Science 1-6
Credit/No Credit Courses
PSYCH 322 (408) : Field Practicum in Research Techniques/Natural Science (graded CR/NC) 1-4
PSYCH 323 (409) : Field Practicum in Research Techniques/Social Science (graded CR/NC) 1-4 cr
NOTE: A minimum of three credits of Research-based courses must be taken in a single semester to satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Research-based courses may be counted towards the Psychology concentration. Non-graded courses may fulfill the Research-based Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of Psychology credits required for the concentration.
Honors Research Sequence
(4-8 credits total)
PSYCH 424 (510) : Senior Honors Research I/Natural Science 2-4 cr
PSYCH 425 (510) : Senior Honors Research I/Social Science 2-4 cr
PSYCH 426 (511) : Seniors Honor Research II/Natural Science 2-4 cr
PSYCH 427 (511) : Senior Honors Research II/Social Science 2-4 cr
NOTE: Students wishing to pursue the Psychology Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their concentration before applying.
STATS 350 (402) : Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (Required) 4 cr
NOTE: Students interested in a stronger mathematical foundation in statistics may substitute:
STATS 425 : Introduction to Probability 3 cr and
STATS 426 : Introduction to Theoretical Statistics 3 cr.
You may take additional (graded) courses from psychology (PSYCH) to be used toward or beyond the required 34. It is stongly recommended that concentrators select at least one 400-level course.