Psychological Sciences

Exterior of the Weston A. Bousfield Psychology building. (Juanita Austin '14/UConn Photo)
Exterior of the Weston A. Bousfield Psychology building.

Course descriptions

The Department of Psychological Sciences recommends that its majors take a broad selection of psychology courses and electives to obtain a well-rounded introduction to the science. The Department encourages students to participate in its research activities, including laboratory courses, research seminars, and independent study experiences.

The Department advises students planning to major in psychology to secure a background in the basic sciences and relevant social sciences, preferably before their junior year. Suggested courses include BIOL 1102, 1107, or 1108; ANTH 1006 or 2000; and SOCI 1001. If at all possible, majors should take STAT 1100Q (or 1000Q) by their third semester.

A maximum of seven 2000-level or above transfer credits in psychology may count toward the major upon approval of the transfer coordinator in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Up to three credits of PSYC 3889 or 3899 can be used, and PSYC 3880 cannot be used.

All Department of Psychological Sciences majors are required to take two introductory-level psychology courses – General Psychology I (PSYC 1100) and either General Psychology II (PSYC 1101) or General Psychology II (Enhanced) (PSYC 1103) – followed by at least 25 2000-level or above psychology credits, which are grouped as follows:

Foundation

PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ.

Area I: Social, Developmental, Clinical, and Industrial/Organizational

PSYC 2300 or 2300W, 2301, 2400, 2600, 2700.

Area II: Experimental and Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 2200, 2500, 2501, 3201, 3500, 3501.

Area III: Cross Area (I and II)

PSYC 2110, 2201, 3100/W, 3102, 3105, 3400, 3601.

Area IV: Advanced and Specialty Lecture Courses

Includes Area III courses except for PSYC 3100/W: PSYC 2101, 2110, 2201, 2701, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105, 3106, 3200/W, 3300, 3301, 3400, 3470, 3502, 3503, 3600, 3601, 3670/W, 3770, 3883, 3884, 3885.

Laboratory Courses

PSYC 3150, 3250W, 3251, 3252, 3253, 3350W, 3450W, 3550W, 3551W, 3552.

Research

PSYC 3889, 3899, 4197W.

Tracks

After completing PSYC 1100 and 1101 (or 1103), students must select one of our tracks for their major: Standard (B.A. or B.S.); Research Concentration (B.A. or B.S.); or Honors (B.A. or B.S.). The requirements for each of these tracks are as follows:

Bachelor of Arts: Standard

25 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, One Area III course, Two other 2000-level or above PSYC courses from any areas, 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Bachelor of Science: Standard

25 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, one Area III course, two Area IV laboratory courses, 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Bachelor of Arts: Research Concentration

31 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, 3100 from Area III, two Area IV courses (lecture and/or laboratory), three credits of Area IV research, one other 2000-level or above PSYC course from any area, 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Bachelor of Science: Research Concentration

31 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, 3100 from Area III, two Area IV laboratory courses, three credits of Area IV research, one other 2000-level or above PSYC course from any area, 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Bachelor of Arts: Honors

(Available only to students accepted into the University Honors Program) 31 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, 3100 from Area III, two Area IV courses (lecture and/or laboratory) 3899 and 4197W from Area IV research, 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Bachelor of Science: Honors

(Available only to students accepted into the University Honors Program) 31 PSYC credits, including: 2100Q or 2100WQ, two Area I courses, two Area II courses, 3100 from Area III, two Area IV laboratory courses, 3899 and 4197W from Area IV research (4197W may be substituted for one of the laboratory courses. If substituted, student must take one other 2000-level or above PSYC course from any area.), 12 related 2000-level or above non-PSYC credits

Related 2000-level or above non-psychology courses

At least 12 credits. Must be approved by advisor prior to registration. Because of content overlap, COMM 3100, EPSY 3010, and HDFS 2100 may not be used.

Computer Technology

To satisfy the computer technology competency, all students must pass PSYC 2100Q/2100WQ. Other courses that will further enhance competency in computer technology include PSYC 3250W, 3350W, 3450W, 3550W, 3889, 3899, and 4197W.

Information Literacy

To satisfy the information literacy competency, all students must pass PSYC 2100Q/2100WQ. Other courses that will further enhance competency in information literacy include PSYC 1100, 1103, 3250W, 3350W, 3450W, 3550W, 3889, 3899, and 4197W.

Writing in the Major

To satisfy the writing in the major requirement, all students must pass PSYC 2100WQ. Other courses that will further help students develop writing skills in psychological science are PSYC 2300W, 3100W, 3200W, 3250W, 3350W, 3450W, 3550W, 3551W, 3600W, 3670W, 3770W, and 4197W. For students who have taken PSYC 2100Q rather than 2100WQ, any 2000-level or above PSYC W course may be used to satisfy the writing in the major requirement.

There is a minor in Psychological Sciences. A minor in Neuroscience is offered jointly by the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Physiology and Neurobiology Department. Both programs are described in the Minors section.

The Department of Psychological Sciences also offers a joint major with the Department of Linguistics. The description of the Linguistics-Psychology major appears under Linguistics.

 

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