General Psychology Major

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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It differs from other fields that are concerned with the human condition in that it uses the scientific method. Psychologists attempt to understand the workings of individuals, animals and groups. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including universities and colleges, clinics and hospitals, business and industry, government agencies, law enforcement and the military. Psychology can be an academic or research discipline or an applied science.

The Psychology Department offers three majors: General, Developmental and Industrial/Organizational. All psychology students are required to take a common core of courses in the foundations of psychology. The General Psychology major is for students who intend to pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree for entry-level employment. The General major is designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate study.

Degree Requirements

General Psychology Major (36 credits)

Core: Topics and Methods to Illustrate Concepts, Principles and Theories in Psychology (12 credits)

PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
STA 2250 Statistics 3 credits
PYC 2010 Research Methods I 3 credits
PYC 2020 Research Methods II 3 credits

Psychological Science (6 credits)

One of the Following Courses with Lab:

PYC 4070 Biopsychology 3 credits
PYC 4080 Advanced Psychobiology Laboratory 3 credits


PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes, and 3 credits
PYC 4100 Perceptual and Cognitive Laboratory 3 credits


PYC 4140 Learning and Memory
3 credits
PYC 4150 Learning and Memory Laboratory
3 credits

Developmental Psychology/Family Life (6 credits)

PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology, and 3 credits

One of the Following:

PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Parenting
3 credits
PYC 2340 Child Development: Infancy and Early Childhood 3 credits
PYC 2360 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development 3 credits
PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging 3 credits
PYC 2750 Human Sexuality 3 credits
PYC 3510 Family Development 3 credits
PYC 4510 Death and Dying 3 credits

Clinical Processes (3 credits)

One of the following:

PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality 3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PYC 3430 Health Psychology 3 credits

Social Issues/Group Dynamics (6 credits)

PYC 2600 Social Psychology (formerly PYC 3600 + 3610) 3 credits

and, one of the following:

PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment
3 credits
PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion
3 credits
PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles 3 credits
PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 credits
PYC 4890 Group Dynamics 3 credits

Capstone: Integrative Experience (3 credits)

One of the following:

PYC 4120 History and Systems 3 credits
PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and Measurement 3 credits
PYC 4620 Leadership Capstone
3 credits
PYC 4910 Research in Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4990 Advanced Issues in Psychology 3 credits