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Psychology Major

Major Requirements instituted 2013-14 and going forward.

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Grading Requirement

A grade of C-minus or better is required for all courses used to fulfill the Major. If a lower grade is received for a required course the course must be repeated. Grades of D, D+, or CR will count toward graduation requirements but NOT toward Major requirements.

(See "Credit and Grades" in the Academic Policies section of CC's Course Catalog.)

Required Courses

A minimum of 12 courses over 13 blocks are required to complete the major - Ten (10) courses from within the Psychology Department and two (2) courses from outside the department. These courses are listed below.

Current course offerings can be found on Course Schedules on the Academics page.

Note: Any substitutions or transfer courses must be approved by the Psychology Faculty.
(Submit your requests to the Department Chair).

  1. ONE Introduction to Psychology Course:

    PY100 Introduction to Psychology: Bases of Behavior OR
    PY101 Introduction to Psychology: Enduring Ideas and Present Principles (2 block FYE) OR
    PY111 Introduction to Psychology: General Laws and Individual Differences (2 block FYE).

  2. ONE Methods and Statistics Course:

    PY202 Research Design (2 blocks)

  3. FIVE "Core" Psychology Courses, one from each content area, plus one:

    A) PY297 Neuroscience I*
    B) PY281 Personality* .....OR..... PY362 Abnormal Psychology
    C) PY309 Social Psychology .....OR..... PY374 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    D) PY332 Learning and Adaptive Behavior .....OR..... PY344 Cognition
    +1 Core (from those listed here or PY298 Neuroscience II**)

    PY202 is a prerequisite for all Core courses except for PY281, PY297, and PY298.
    **PY297 Neuroscience I is a prerequisite for PY298 Neuroscience II.

  4. TWO 400-Level Seminar Courses (chosen from the following):

    PY409 Social Cognition PY426 Sport Psychology
    PY412 Neuropsychology PY427 Moral Reasoning in Context
    PY413 Developmental Psychopathology PY430 Adolescence
    PY417 Advanced Neuroscience Seminar PY433 Neuropharmacology
    PY420 Cognitive Ethology PY435 Behavioral Game Theory
    PY421 Perception PY437 Evolutionary Psychology
    PY422 Emotion PY441 Remembering
    PY423 Psychology of Morality and Conflict PY449 History of Psychology
  5. ONE Block (at least) of Final Project

    PY451 Final Project    (additional blocks possible: PY452, PY453)

  6. ONE Mathematical Competency Course:

    MA126 Calculus

    Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to fulfill the Calculus requirement.

  7. ONE Scientific Breadth Course

    Any non-Psychology Natural Sciences Division course.

    Natural Sciences Division: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or Sport Science (not including adjunct certification courses).

    Some courses in Environmental Science and the Studies in the Natural Sciences may fulfill this requirement. The courses in EV that do not fulfill this requirement include any policy course or course that fulfills a social science credit. The courses in Studies in the NS that do not fulfill this requirement include any course that fulfills Social Science or Humanities requirements.

    MA117 (Probability and Statistics) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

    Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit cannot be used to fill this requirement.

Course Sequencing

The program of study for the Psychology Major is highly structured with most courses requiring the completion of key prerequisites. For this reason it is important to carefully plan your progression through the major and begin completing prerequisite courses early.

First Year:

PY100 Intro. (or PY100 or PY111) is a prerequisite for all required courses in the major.
Recommended: Take an Intro course during the first year.

First or Second Year:

Completing PY100 allows access to required courses: PY202PY281, and PY297.
Recommended: Take these 200-Level courses during the the first or second year.

Second and Third Years:

Completing PY202 allows access to required courses:  PY362,  (PY309 or PY374), (PY332 or PY344).
Completing PY297 allows access to optional core course PY298.
Recommended: Complete all five Core courses during the second and third year.

Fourth Year:

400-Level Seminars generally require an Intro course, PY202, and an additional Core course Recommended: Take 400-Level Seminars during the fourth year.

PY451 Final Project requires an Intro and PY202 and is usually taken during the fourth year.