Psychology

 

Program Overview:

The Psychology concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. Requirements for the concentration include introductory and survey courses, specialized seminars, laboratories, and a research thesis. Psychology is intrinsically interdisciplinary, as the field lies at the nexus of the biological and social sciences. Consequently, students concentrating in psychology benefit from coursework taken outside of the field as well. Most students seeking careers in psychology and related disciplines will go on to graduate school, as most clinical and applied positions require an advanced degree. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology should work closely with a member of the psychology advisory board to insure a sufficient preparation in each of the major academic sub-disciplines of psychology (i.e., Biological, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychologies). Our undergraduate concentration is broad and research-based in order to best prepare our students for entry into this competitive field.

Psychology


Advisory Board

Dr. Julie Earles
Dr. Kevin Lanning
Dr. Laura Vernon



Available options:

Concentration in psychology; Minor in psychology
Alternative Requirements for students entering prior to Summer 2021

Psychology Advising Worksheet

 

Concentration

A. Foundations in Psychological Science. (7 credits)

Course # Course Name Credits
PSY 1012  Honors General Psychology  3
PSY 3213, 3213L * RI: Honors Research Methods in Psychology/Lab  4

*Note: PSY 3213 and PSY 3213L must be taken concurrently and should be taken in the sophomore or junior year. The only prerequisite for these courses is PSY 1012.

B. Foundations in Biology and Neuroscience (7-8 credits)

Required:

Course # Course Name Credits
BSC 1010, 1010L Honors Biological Principles/Lab  4

 

Electives:

One of more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
PSB 3340  Honors Behavioral Neuroscience  3
PSB 3441  Honors Drugs and Behavior  3
BSC 2084 Honors Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology  3
PCB 3703, 3703L  Honors Human Morphology and Function 1/Lab  4
PCB 3063  Honors Genetics  3
ZOO 4742  Honors Human Neuroanatomy  3
BSC 4930  Honors Science of Addiction  3

Note: Students in the Max Planck Honors Program may count Introduction to Neuroscience Research (PSB 4003, 1 credit) and two distinct MPHP Enrichment courses (1 credit each) as their 3 credit, Group A elective.


C. Foundations in Mathematics and Computational Science (6-7 credits)

Required:

Course # Course Name Credits
STA 2023  Honors Introductory Statistics  3


Electives:

One of more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
STA 3164  Honors Intermediate Statistics  3
MAC 2311  Honors Calculus  4
PSY 4302, 4302L  Honors Psychometrics/Lab 4
COP 3076  Honors Introduction to Data Science  3


D. Surveys of Psychology as a Social Science (6 credits)

Two or more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
PPE 3003  Honors Personality  3
DEP 3053  Honors Psychology of Human Development  3
SOP 3004 * Honors Principles of Social Psychology  3

*Note: The only prerequisite for SOP 3004 is PSY 1012.


E. Surveys of Psychology as a Natural Science (3 credits)

One or more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
PSB 3441  Honors Drugs and Behavior  3
EXP 3604  Honors Cognition 3
PSB 3340  Honors Behavioral Neuroscience  3


F. Surveys of Psychology as a Health Science (3 credits)

One or more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
CLP 4143  Honors Psychopathology
(Abnormal Psychology) 
3
CLP 4314  Honors Health Psychology 3


G. Seminars and Advanced Coursework in Psychology (9 credits)

Three or more of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
PSY 4923  Honors Advanced Seminar in Psychology  3
ISS 4304  Honors Computational Social Science  3
EXP 4631  Honors Thinking and Decision- Making  3
EXP 3202  Honors Sensation and Perception  3
PCB 3411  Honors Animal Behavior  3
PSY 4930  Honors Evolutionary Psychology  3
DEP 4463C  Honors Lab in Cognitive Aging  3
DEP 4464  Honors Psychology of Aging  3
PSY 4604  Honors History and Systems of Psychology  3
ANT 4495 Honors Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology  3
DEP 4095 Honors Personality and Social Development  3
POS 4206  Honors Political Psychology  3
PSY 4930  Honors Positive Psychology  3
PSY 4930  Honors Psychotherapy Systems  3

Note: In lieu of three classes from Group G, students may take two classes from G and one additional class from Group D, E, or F.

H. Advanced Writing and the Honors Thesis (7 credits)

Course # Course Name Credits
PSY 4933 

ISC 4933 
Honors Advanced Writing in Psychology (or)
Honors Interdisciplinary Science  and Math Seminar 
1
IDS 4970  RI: Honors Thesis  6 (2 X 3 credits) 
  Total Credits 48-50

Notes: Students must earn at least a B- in PSY 1012 and a C in all other courses for these to count towards the psychology concentration. 

At least five psychology courses in Groups C - G must be taken at the Honors College. 

Interdisciplinary courses (prefixes IDS, ISS, etc.) may be substituted for coursework in psychology with the permission of a member of the psychology advisory board. 

A course used to fulfill one concentration requirement may not also be used to fulfill another concentration requirement.

Minor

The Psychology minor concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. To complete the psychology minor concentration, students complete the following courses totaling 21-22 credit hours: 

  • PSY 1012 Honors General Psychology (3 credits)
  • STA 2023 Honors Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • One course in advanced statistics or research methods, such as:
    • PSY 3213 Honors Research Methods in Psychology and PSY 3213L (4 credits)
    • COP 3076 Honors Introduction to Data Science (3 credits)
    • STA 3164 Honors Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)
  • Four additional 3-credit upper-level psychology courses (12 credits). These electives should reflect the breadth of the discipline, and so must include at least one course from each of Groups D (Surveys of Psychology as a Social Science), E (Surveys of Psychology as a Natural Science), and F (Surveys of Psychology as a Health Science). 

At least four of the psychology courses in Groups C - G must be taken at the Honors College. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.