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Major and Minor Course Requirements

All psychology majors and minors, regardless of area of concentration, take a common set of core courses. Majors participate in an end-of-major assessment activity. We reassess our curriculum frequently and make changes to our major and minor to improve the preparation of our students. To view detailed requirements of the major or minor of any catalog year, please see the university catalog for the appropriate year at

Course substitutions

Please see the "Transfer Students" section under the "Applicants" link for more information about substituting classes.

Math Pre-requitsites for PSY 362

Background in college-level mathematics is required prior to enrollment in this course. At a minimum, you should have taken MATH 130, Finite Mathematics. If you have taken a more advanced mathematics course, then it may not be necessary to take MATH 130. Please consult with your advisor or the department chair prior to enrolling if you have any doubt concerning the appropriateness of your mathematics background.

Please note that, although the University's General Education requirements specify that you may either take PHIL 201, CS105 or MATH 130 to satisfy the General Education curriculum, PHIL 201 and CS 105 cannot be used to satisfy the prerequisite requirement for PSY 362.

BIOL 101 or 201 prerequisite for PSY 450 & 478

Background in college-level biolology is required prior to enrollment in PSY 450 - Sensation and Perception or PSY 478 - Physiological Psychology.

End-of-Major Assessment

Graduating senior psychology majors are required to complete the department's end-of-major assessment examination. Students should register for the examination in the department office. The purpose of this requirement is to enable us to assess whether the Department has fulfilled its instructional objectives and to provide us with information that will enable us continuously to improve our programs and courses.

PSY 490 (Cooperative Education)

PSY 490 is a contracted field experience with a business, industry, government, or social service agency. The contractual arrangement requires the development of a student learning plan in consultation with a faculty advisor and with a cooperating employer supervisor. Prior approval of your arrangement is required before you can register.

The university requirements for a contracted field experience are explained in a brochure that can be obtained at the Cooperative Education Center (Barge 202). You should be aware, however, that the Psychology Department has additional requirements that must be met if permission is to be granted to enroll in PSY 490. These requirements are as follows:

  • You must have senior standing
  • You must be registered in a 60-credit psychology major
  • You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • You must have completed the following psychology core courses with an average grade of 3.0 or higher: PSY 101, 300, 301, 362, and 363.

At the discretion of a supervising faculty member, these requirements may be waived if you provide three letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your ability to do the anticipated work. Such waivers are not routine; they are not often granted.

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