The psychology department offers a B.A. degree in psychology with four concentrations: General/experimental psychology is a broad program containing theoretical and laboratory components based in the liberal arts context.
The early core courses in psychology provide the scientific background for later courses that build upon students' knowledge base, capacity to analyze and critical thinking skills. Upper-level courses allow students to explore more deeply specific areas in scientific psychology and further develop critical sophistication through directed research, exposure to psychological literature and senior internships.
Requirements for Departmental Major
All majors must take the following core courses:
- PSYCH1501 General Psychology
- PSYCH2207 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
- PSYCH2209 Physiological Bases of Behavior
- PSYCH2701 Research Methods in Psychology
- PSYCH3111 Cognition
- PSYCH4100 Experimental Psychology
Please note: In addition to these core requirements, students choose one of four tracks to suit their academic interests and professional goals. Each track (Neuroscience, Counseling & Health, Developmental and General/Experimental) includes additional course requirements.
Developmental psychology is a program that concentrates on developmental psychology through the human lifespan. Counseling and health psychology concentrates on interviewing skills and modern research on coping and dealing with stress and other health-oriented issues.
The neuroscience concentration is the result of a collaboration between the psychology and biology departments. This program of study is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the psychological, biological and chemical sciences.
**Once students declare their major and are assigned an advisor, they should consult with their department advisor as soon as possible.