College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Psychology : Major Requirements

Psychology Majors have the choice of four options (or Tracks):

The General Psychology Option encourages breadth of study and allows flexibility in course selection. For students who wish to have a comprehensive exposure to the discipline, it provides a general knowledge of human behavior and psychological functioning that is useful in many types of careers.

General Psychology Major Option

Required courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design I
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Learning & Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

Two courses from the following (limited to one Developmental course):

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality

Electives in Psychology (minimum of 10 credit hours):

  • PSYC __________________
  • PSYC __________________
  • PSYC __________________

    Total credit hours for the General Psychology Major = 38

50% of the credits need to come from our institution

*PSYC 411 (Psychological Research and Design II) is strongly recommended for those students who plan to attend graduate school. (Prerequisite: PSYC 220 and 230)

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The Clinical/Counseling Psychology Option is for students who wish to have a career in the human services. In addition to providing a general knowledge of human behavior, this option offers basic counseling and clinical theory, supervised applied skills training and internship experience and prepares students for employment with various human service agencies or for graduate study.

Clinical/Counseling Major Option

Required courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 210 Communication and Counseling Skills
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design I
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 342 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 491 Clinical Procedures
  • PSYC 492 Clinical Practicum
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Learning & Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

    Total credit hours for the Clinical/Counseling Option = 42

*PSYC 411 (Psychological Research and Design II) is strongly recommended for those students who plan to attend graduate school. (Prerequisite: PSYC 220 and 230)

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The Experimental Psychology Option emphasizes the scientific aspects of psychology, including theory, research methodology, statistical and laboratory skills. The program prepares students for doctoral study, and/or careers in primary or applied research (e.g., government or industrial research labs).

Experimental Psychology Major Option

Required Courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design I
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 411 Psychological Research and Design II
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar


Two courses from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Learning & Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes


Two courses from the following (limited to one Developmental course):

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality

Six credit hours from the following:

  • PSYC 352 Research Techniques
  • PSYC 450 Independent Study

    Total credit hours for the Experimental Psychology Option = 42

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The Child Psychology Option is for students interested in the social and cognitive development of children from infancy through adolescence. The program includes a supervised experience working with children, either conducting research or applying counseling skills. This option prepares students for graduate study or employment in child-related fields.

Child Psychology Major Option

Required Courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods & Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design I
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 320 Parenting Seminar
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Learning and Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 471 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 472 Child Interventions

Four credits from the following:

  • PSYC 485 Practicum
  • PSYC 492 Clinical Practicum

Total credit hours for the Child Psychology Option = 41

PSYC 411 (Psychological Research and Design II) and either PSYC 302 (Psychological Measurement) or PSYC 352 (Research Techniques) are strongly recommended for those students who plan to attend graduate school (Prerequisite: PSYC 220 and 230).

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More Information

Psychology Overview
Psychology Minor Requirements
Psychology Faculty