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Psychology Major

All psychology majors are assigned faculty advisors. Students are encouraged to consult their advisors early in their programs to plan appropriate course selections. Consultation with an advisor is particularly recommended for students who are planning to attend graduate school in psychology.

The B.A. degree in psychology consists of a minimum of 50 term hours and a maximum of 72 quarter hours, including at least four psychology courses at the 300 level or above. All majors must also complete the requirements described below.

Required Courses in Psychology

The following courses are required for the psychology major:
PSY 101 - General Psychology
PSY 221 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSY 226 - Research Methods

A selection of courses from the following five areas is also required:
1. Biological - at least one course from the following
PSY 201 - Sensation and Perception
PSY 203 - Learning
PSY 312 - Physiological Psychology
PSY 314 - Comparative Psychology
PSY 327 - Human Psychophysiology
PSY 380 - Psychology of Health and Illness
PSY 490 - Selected Seminars in Biological Psychology*

2. Cognitive - at least one course from the following
PSY 304 - Human Learning and Cognitive Processes
PSY 305 - Human Memory
PSY 307 - Psycholinguistics
PSY 308 - Human Judgment and Decision Making
PSY 490 - Selected Seminars in Cognitive Psychology*

3. Developmental - at least two courses from the following
PSY 273 - Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY 275 - Educational Psychology
PSY 315 - Behavior Genetics and Individual Differences
PSY 374 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
PSY 376 - Psychological Disorders of Childhood
PSY 378 - Psychology of Gender
PSY 470 - Prenatal Influences on Development
PSY 490 - Selected Seminars in Developmental Psychology*

4. Clinical - at least two courses from the following
PSY 233 - Psychology of Personality
PSY 332 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY 341 - Tests and Measurements
PSY 351 - Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSY 430 - Psychoactive Drugs: Therapeutic Agents and Drugs of Abuse
PSY 490 - Selected Seminars in Clinical Psychology*

5. Social-Organizational - at least two courses from the following
PSY 261 - Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 310 - Motivation
PSY 336 - Social Psychology
PSY 337 - Social Psychology of Justice
PSY 361 - Advanced Organizational Psychology
PSY 362 - Personnel Psychology
PSY 490 - Selected Seminars in Social-Organizational Psychology*

*490 seminars that apply to the psychology area requirements are approved by the assistant chair for undergraduate studies when the seminar is offered. Some 490s do not apply to any area.

The following courses are recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school in psychology: PSY 233, PSY 273, PSY 304, PSY 312, PSY 321, PSY 332, PSY 336, and PSY 418.

In addition to a minimum of 50 hours of psychology coursework, majors are required to complete a series of extradepartmental courses selected from the natural sciences and either mathematics or computer science.

Major must complete three courses in ONE of the following natural science areas:
1) Biological Sciences,
2) Chemistry,
3) Environmental and Plant Biology,
4) Geography,
5) Geology, or
6) Physics

Courses that will fulfill this requirement are listed under the Natural Sciences Area Requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences section of the Catalog and in the Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences portion of students' DARS. Courses taken to fulfill the extradepartmental requirements simultaneously apply to College of Arts and Sciences Natural Science area requirement.

The three courses that you choose for your extradepartmental natural science requirement must have the same department prefix, with the following exception: If BIOL 101 is used as the first course completed, it may be followed by two Environmental and Plant Biology (PBIO) courses or two Biological Science (BIOS) courses. The intention of the extradepartmental natural science requirement is to provide a basic foundation in at least one natural science area, while allowing flexibility in the choice of area. However, students who are planning to attend graduate school in psychology are encouraged to complete the three courses in Biological Sciences (BIOL, BIOS).

Undergraduate psychology majors must also take two courses in either mathematics or computer science. Students may select any two courses in Mathematics (MATH) numbered 113 or above (except 251) OR any two courses in Computer Science numbered 200 or above. These courses are required to ensure that majors have at least a basic literacy in mathematics or computer science but allow students to select from a wide range of levels. MATH or CS courses chosen for the extradepartmental requirement may simultaneously apply to the Natural Sciences area for Arts and Sciences distribution requirements, except MATH 113, 115, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, and 320. You may choose MATH 250, but only if it is completed BEFORE you take PSY 221. Do not take MATH 251 because credit is not allowed for both MATH 251 and PSY 221. MATH 113 or a math placement of PL2 or higher is the prerequisite for taking PSY 221.

For qualified students, the Athens Psychology Department offers a departmental honors program. A detailed description is available from the Athens Psychology Department; apply to the assistant chair for undergraduate studies.

Requirements for all psychology programs are structured to provide you with exposure to several areas of psychology, while providing latitude in selecting courses to fit your needs and interests. Consult your academic advisor early in your program to plan appropriate course selections, particularly if you are considering graduate work in psychology.

At the graduate level, the Athens Psychology Department offers doctoral programs in clinical, experimental, and organizational psychology. Information about the graduate program is available from the assistant chair for graduate studies.

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