College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Areas of Study


The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide student with foundational knowledge and training across the entire discipline of psychology. However, flexibility within the degree requirements enables students to tailor their courses, research training, and experiential learning opportunities around more focused area of study. These are suggested areas of study only, NOT formal degree programs.


The following links provide some examples of how students could structure their training in select specialized areas:

Biological Psychology/Neuroscience
Students interested in biology and neuroscience, and how they relate to psychology, should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 470: Motivation
                  Psych 473 (M): Advanced Physiological Psychology
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory
                  Psych 491: Principles of Learning

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 265: Biopsychological Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
                  Psych 320: Health Psychology
                  Psych 498/499: Research Participation/Special Problems

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Chem 101: Introduction to Chemistry
                  Chem 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences
                  Biol 106: Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology
                  Biol 107: Introductory Biology: Cell Biology & Genetics
                  MBIOS 303: Introductory Biochemistry
                  Biol 125: Genetics and Society
                  Biol 301: General Genetics
                  Phil 350: Philosophy of Science
                  Phil 365: Biomedical Ethics
                  Neuro 301: Foundations of Neuroscience
                  Neuro 404: Neuroanatomy
                  Biol 251: Introduction to Human Physiology
                  Biol 315: Gross & Microanatomy
                  Biol 352: Cell Physiology
                  Biol 353: Mammalian Physiology

Child Development
Students interested in child development, and how it applies to psychology, should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 321: Introduction to Personality
                  Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology
                  Psych 361: Principles of Development \
                  Psych 363: Psychology of Aging
                  Psych 464: Behavioral Disorders of Children and Adolescents
                  Psych 440 (M): Clinical/Community Psychology

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 230: Human Sexuality
                  Psych 492: Psychology of Language

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  FS 110: Introduction to Food Science
                  FS 201: Science on Your Plate
                  HD 201: Human Development - Prenatal through Age 8
                  HD 202: Human Development - Middle Childhood Through Adolescence
                  HD 204: Family Systems: Understanding Family Interaction
                  Soc 351: The Family
                  Soc 362: Juvenile Delinquency
                  Soc 367: Juvenile Justice and Corrections
                  SHS 478: Language Impairment

Clinical Neuropsychology
Students interested in clinical neuropsychology should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 473 (M): Advanced Physiological Psychology
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 321: Introduction to Personality
                  Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology
                  Psych 363: Psychology of Aging
                  Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement
                  Psych 440 (M): Clinical/Community Psychology

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 220: Psychology of Stress
                  Psych 444: Basic Helping Skills
                  Psych 445: Undergraduate Practicum
                  Psych 492: Psychology of Language
                  Psych 498/499: Research Participation/Special Problems

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Biol 125: General Genetics
                  KINES 262: Human Anatomy
                  MBIOS 101: Introductory Microbiology
                  MBIOS 303: Introductory Biochemistry
                  Neuro 301: Foundations of Neuroscience
                  Neuro 404: Neuroanatomy
                  Biol 315: Gross and Microanatomy

General Clinical
Students interested in cclinical psychology should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 321: Introduction to Personality
                  Psych 324: Psychology of Women
                  Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology
                  Psych 350: Social Psychology
                  Psych 361: Psychology of Aging
                  Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement
                  Psych 440 (M): Clinical/Community Psychology

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 230: Human Sexuality
                  Psych 320: Health Psychology
                  Psych 328 (M): Self Control
                  Psych 365: Problems of Alcohol Addiction and Abuse
                  Psych 366: Treatment Approaches in Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism
                  Psych 444: Basic Helping Skills
                  Psych 445: Undergraduate Practicum
                  Psych 492: Psychology of Language

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  HD 204: Family Systems: Understanding Family Interaction
                  HD 301: Family Stress and Coping
                  HD 350: Diversity in Contemporary Families
                  HD 420: Application of Human Development Theories
                  Soc 351: The Family

Human Factors
Student interested in human factors, and how it applies to psychology, should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 401(M): Historical Development of Psychology
                  Psych 470: Motivation
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 350: Social Psychology
                  Psych 363: Psychology of Aging
                  Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 220: Psychology of Stress
                  Psych 306: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
                  Psych 307: Human Factors
                  Psych 466: Environmental Psychology
                  Psych 498: Research Participation

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Cpt S 111: Introduction to algorithmic Problem Solving
                  Cpt S 121: Program Design and Development
                  Cpt S 122: Data Structures
                  Cpt S 223: Advanced Data Structures
                  Cpt S 224: Programming Tools
                  KINES 262: Human Anatomy
                  Math 171: Calculus I
                  Math 172: Calculus II
                  MGMT 301: Principles of Management and Organization
                  MIS 250: Managing Information Technology
                  Phys 101: General Physics
                  Phys 102: General Physics

Industrial/Organizational
Students interested in industrial/organizational psychology should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 401 (M): Historical Development of Psychology
                  Psych 470: Motivation
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 350: Social Psychology
                  Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 306: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
                  Psych 307: Human Factors
                  Psych 365: Problems of Alcohol Addiction and Abuse
                  Psych 366: Treatment Approaches in Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  MGMT 301: Principles of Management and Organization
                  MGMT 401: Leadership Skills for Managers
                  MGMT 450: Personnel and Human Resources Management
                  W St 315: Women in Management and Leadership

Learning and Cognition
Students interested in learning and cognition, and how they apply to psychology, should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 401 (M): Historical Development of Psychology
                  Psych 470: Motivation
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory
                  Psych 491: Principles of Learning

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 350: Social Psychology
                  Psych 361: Principles of Development
                  Psych 363: Psychology of Aging
                  Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 307: Human Factors
                  Psych 328 (M): Self Control
                  Psych 492: Psychology of Language
                  Psych 498/499: Research Participation/Special Problems

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Cpt S 111: Introduction to algorithmic Problem Solving
                  Cpt S 121: Program Design and Development
                  Cpt S 224: Programming Tools
                  Phil 350: Philosophy of Science
                  SHS 205: Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
                  SHS 372: Hearing and Hearing Disorders
                  SHS 377: Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech Production
                  SHS 378: Speech and Hearing Sciences
                  SHS 473: Language and Learning Literacy
                  SHS 478: Language Impairment

Sensation and Perception
Students interested in sensation and perception, and how they apply to psychology, should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 372: Biological Basis of Behavior
                  Psych 384: Psychology of Perception
                  Psych 401 (M): Historical Development of Psychology
                  Psych 473 (M): Advanced Physiological Psychology
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  (Any)

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 306: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
                  Psych 307: Human Factors
                  Psych 498/499: Research Participation/Special Problems

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Cpt S 121: Program Design and Development
                  Cpt S 122: Data Structures
                  Cpt S 223: Advanced Data Structure
                  Cpt S 224: Programming Tools
                  Cpt S 543: Human-Computer Intereactions
                  EE 489: Introduction to Control Systems
                  FA 101: Introduction to Art
                  FA 110: Drawing
                  Phys 443: Optics

Social
Students interested in social psychology should consider using the following psychology courses to fulfill various degree requirements. They may also consider supplementing their curriculum with the following courses from other disciplines:

      Group I Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 490: Cognition and Memory

      Group II Psychology Courses:
                  Psych 321: Introduction to Personality
                  Psych 324: Psychology of Women
                  Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology
                  Psych 350: Social Psychology
                  Psych 361: Principles of Development
                  Psych 363: Psychology of Aging

      Other Psychology Electives:
                  Psych 306: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
                  Psych 320: Health Psychology

      Courses in Other Departments:
                  Soc 360: Social Deviance
                  Soc 361: Criminology
                  Soc 373: Media, Culture, and Society
                  MKTG 360: Marketing
                  MKTG 407: Consumer Behavior
                  MGMT 401: Leadership Skills for Managers
                  Pol S 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
                  Pol S 420: Political Parties and Interest Groups
                  Pol S 424: US National Security Policy
                  W St 316: Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective

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