Psychology Major

Foundations of Psychological Science
PSY 250/250C/250HGeneral Psychology3.00
NS 260/260C/260HIntroduction to Brain and Behavior3.00
NS 261Intro to Brain and Behavior Laboratory1.00
PSY 422Research Methods & Behavioral Statistics3.00
PSY 423Research Methods & Behavioral Stats II3.00
PSY 424Research Methods & Behavioral Stats Lab1.00
Upper Division Requirements
PSY 493Senior Capstone3.00
Required Breadth Courses
In addition to courses listed above, 26 upper division semester hours of Psychology courses must be taken. Students must take one class per Group (except Group A), and two laboratories. 126.00
Group A – Developmental Science
Developmental Psychology I
Developmental Psychology II
Developmental Psychology Laboratory
Group B – Cognitive and Behavioral Science
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Group C - Biological Basis of Psychological Science
Behavioral Genetics
Sensation and Perception
Sensation and Perception Laboratory
Advanced Neuroscience Methods
Neurological Disorders
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Lab
Group D - Person and Society Science
Social Psychology
Social Psychology Lab
Psychology of Gender
Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Group E - Applied Psychological Science
Educational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Health Psychology
Psychology of Racism
Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Human Sexuality
Developmental Disabilities
Abnormal Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Neuropsychology Laboratory
Additional Psychological Science Courses
Independent Study/Psychology: 2
Research in Psychology:
Internship in Psychology:
Total SHs43

Students may choose laboratories from Groups A-E with corequisite class or NS 401 Advanced Neuroscience Methods as a standalone laboratory. The major advisor should be consulted about the best combination of courses to take from each group based on the student’s educational and career goals.


No more than 3 semester hours of PSY 490E-W Independent Study/Psychology: or PSY 491E-W Research in Psychology: can count towards the completion of the major.

Honors-in-Psychology Major

In addition to the major requirements listed previously, students who complete the following requirements may graduate with an Honors-in-Psychology major:

PSY 491E-WResearch in Psychology:2.00
PSY 499Senior Thesis2.00
Total SHs4
  1. Maintenance of an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher at the time of thesis proposal.
  2. Select a thesis committee comprised of an advisor and reader, and submit a preliminary thesis proposal that must be approved by the committee.
  3. Obtain IRB or IACUC approval as necessary.
  4. Write and submit a grant proposal to URSC or another funding source to support the proposed thesis project.
  5. Complete the proposed research project in PSY 491E-W Research in Psychology: (or equivalent). Credits may be spread across multiple semesters.
  6. Complete PSY 499 Senior Thesis by:
    1. orally defending the thesis before the thesis committee and other interested parties;
    2. presenting the research project in a public forum such as a lecture or a professional meeting;
    3. submitting a final thesis that conforms to APA guidelines and is approved by the thesis committee.

Note: Students in the Honors Program may substitute HO 499 Honors Thesis for PSY 499 Senior Thesis. The Honors Program spring presentation will fulfill the 6 (a), but not 6 (b), requirement.