Requirements

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Program Requirements

The Psychology Program offers all students the opportunity to learn how the unique perspectives and empirical methods of psychology can illuminate human thought, emotions, and behavior. The language and analytical approaches of psychology have become a common basis for many professional endeavors, making students who concentrate in psychology well-equipped for graduate study in this field, as well as in a variety of related career pursuits.

Moderation Requirements

Prior to Moderation in psychology, students are required to complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher: Introduction to Psychological Science (Psychology 141) preferably in the first year (although a score of 5 on the AP Psychology exam fulfills the requirement); a sophomore sequence of Statistics for Psychology (Psychology 203) in the fall and Research Methods in Psychology (Psychology 204) in the spring; and at least two additional 200-level courses in psychology. Students who have completed Research Methods at the time of Moderation must have received a grade of C or higher; students who are enrolled in Research Methods at the time of Moderation must have a midterm grade of C or higher.

Graduation Requirements

Psychology students must complete the following requirements to graduate: A total of four 200-level courses in psychology (excluding 203 and 204); one course in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics (this excludes Biostatistics, if this was taken in lieu of Psychology 203, and Foundations in Mind, Brain and Behavior, Computer Science 131); two 300-level courses following Moderation, at least one of which must be completed before beginning the Senior Project; and the Senior Project. No more than a single 300-level course may be taken per semester, and taking these 300-levels with two different faculty members is strongly encouraged. At least one 200-level course must be completed from each of the following course clusters:

  • Cluster A: Abnormal and Personality Psychology (course numbers in the 210s).
  • Cluster B: Developmental and Social Psychology (course numbers in the 220s).
  • Cluster C: Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience (course numbers in the 230s).

Majoring in Psychology

Although the Psychology Program is housed in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, students decide at the time of Moderation whether they will pursue their degree in psychology from the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing (SM&C) or the Division of Social Studies (SSt). These divisional degrees are distinguished by two features: (a) an SSt degree entails at least two courses in one or more related disciplines in the Social Studies Division (see the Psychology Program website for particular courses that fulfill this requirement) and (b) the Senior Project for an SM&C degree must have an empirical focus, in which the student collects and analyzes data, or presents a detailed plan for doing so. The SSt Senior Project does not carry this requirement, though it may of course do this. An SSt degree may be particularly suited for those intending to pursue law, social work, or education; and an SM&C degree may be particularly suited for students intending to pursue a research degree in psychology, medicine, or the natural sciences.