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Psychology (B.A.) Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 47+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Introductory Course

PSYC 103

Introduction to Psychological Science (3) PR: None

Experimental Foundations

PSYC 211*

Psychological Statistics (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 220

Research Methods (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 211

Note: *It is recommended that students take one or more mathematics courses prior to enrollment in PSYC 211.

Select two courses totaling 6 credit hours from the following:

PSYC 213

Conditioning and Learning (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 214

Behavioral Neuroscience (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 215

Cognitive Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 216

Sensation and Perception (formerly PSYC 313) (3) PR: PSYC 103

Note: Students may elect to enroll in more than the two required courses from this cluster. Students completing additional courses from this cluster can apply these credit hours towards the elective hours required for the major.

Select two courses totaling 6 credit hours from the following:

PSYC 221

Abnormal Psychology (formerly PSYC 307) (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 222

Psychology of Personality (formerly PSYC 308) (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 223

Social Psychology (formerly PSYC 310) (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 224

Lifespan Development (formerly PSYC 311) (3) PR: PSYC 103

Note: Student may elect to enroll in more than the two required courses from this cluster. Students completing additional courses from this cluster can apply these credit hours toward the elective hours required for the major.

Select four courses totaling 12 credit hours; 6 of these credit hours must be at 351-level or above:

PSYC 315

Special Topics in Psychology I (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 318

Comparative Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 321

Industrial Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 329

Environmental Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 333

Health Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 334

Psychology of Stress (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 335

Positive Psychology: Optimizing Psychological Well-being (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 344

Psychology of Substance Abuse (formerly PSYC 388) (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 221 (formerly 307)

PSYC 349

Psychology of Entrepreneurship (3) PR: MATH 104, or PSYC 211 or DSCI 232 and junior standing or instructor permission. Note: This course is cross-listed with MGMT 377. If a student has received credit for MGMT 377, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 349.

PSYC 350

Psychology of Gender (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 351

Principles of Neurobiology (3) PR: PSYC 103, BIOL 111, 112, and BIOL 211 or PSYC 214, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 351.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 351, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 351.

PSYC 352

Neurobiology and Behavior (3) PR: BIOL/PSYC 351 or PSYC 214, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 352.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 352, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 352.

PSYC 353

Hormones and Behavior (Cross-listed with BIOL 353) (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 214 or 216, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 353.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 353, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 353.

PSYC 355

Sport Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or instructor permission. Note: This course is cross-listed with PEHD 355. If a student has received credit for PEHD 355, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 355

PSYC 356

Behavioral Genetics (3) PR: PSYC 103 and BIOL 111, or instructor permission

PSYC 358

Nonverbal Communication (formerly PSYC 340) (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or instructor permission

PSYC 370

Tests and Measurements (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 372

Applied Behavior Analysis (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 213, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 375

Topics in Child and Adolescent Development (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 224 (formerly 311), 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 376

Mass Media and Human Development (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 224 (formerly 311), 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 378

Psychology of Language (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 215, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or instructor permission

PSYC 386

Behavioral Pharmacology (3) PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 214 or BIOL/PSYC 351; PSYC 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or BIOL 211 and MATH 250; or instructor permission

PSYC 387

Neuropsychology (3) PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 214 or BIOL/PSYC 351; PSYC 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or BIOL 211 and MATH 250; or instructor permission

PSYC 389

Child Psychopathology (3) PR: PSYC103, 221, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 390

Research Design and Interpretation (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 392

Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103, 221 (formerly 307), 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 394

History and Systems of Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and at least 12 additional credit hours in psychology

PSYC 397

Internship Experience (3) PR: This class is open to junior or senior psychology majors with an overall and major minimum GPA of 3.00. Students must have successfully completed the following courses before they are eligible to apply: PSYC 103, 213, 214, 215, 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220)

PSYC 404

Teaching Mentorship (3) PR: 103, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and open only to junior and senior PSYC majors with a minimum PSYC GPA of 3.00 or instructor permission

PSYC 410

Special Topics in Psychology (1-4) PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220); declared psychology major or instructor permission for non-majors. (No more than 6 credit hours in special topics may be applied to meet the requirements for the major.)

PSYC 446

Special Topics in Neuroscience (3) PR: Junior or senior standing and instructor permission

PSYC 447

Seminar in Neuroscience (3) PR: BIOL/PSYC 351/352; CO: BIOL/PSYC 448 or instructor permission. Students engaged in independent research or a bachelor’s essay will be given priority for enrollment.

PSYC 448

Bachelor’s Essay in Neuroscience (6) PR: BIOL/PSYC 351 and 352 and permission of both the student’s major department and the neuroscience program director

PSYC 460

Advanced Conditioning and Learning with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 213, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 462

Advanced Social Psychology with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 223, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 464

Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 214, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 466

Advanced Sensation and Perception with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 216, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 468

Advanced Cognitive Psychology with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 215, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 469

Advanced Developmental with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 224, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 497

Tutorial (formerly PSYC 399) (3) PR: PSYC 103, 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220); junior or senior standing; tutor permission; and department chair permission

PSYC 498

Independent Study (formerly PSYC 400) (1-3) PR: PSYC 103, 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220); Open to junior and senior psychology majors with the permission of a faculty member as supervisor and of the department chair. Formal written application stating the nature of the project and presenting evidence of sufficient background knowledge for the enterprise must be submitted prior to registration. Open only to students having a GPA of at least 3.00 in psychology courses. (No more than 6 credit hours in independent study may be applied toward the major.)

PSYC 499

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: PSYC 103, 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220); Open to psychology majors with an overall GPA of at least 3.40; senior standing, tutor permission and department chair approval. Formal written application stating the nature of the project and presenting evidence of sufficient background knowledge for the enterprise must be submitted prior to registration.

Note: Independent Study/Special Topic limitations: A maximum of 6 credit hours of PSYC 498 may apply to the major requirements; a maximum of 6 credit hours of PSYC 410 may apply to major requirements.

Math Requirement: Select two MATH courses at the 104-level or above totaling at least 6 credit hours:

MATH 104

Introductory Statistics (3) PR: MATH 101 or placement

MATH 105

Calculus for Business and the Social Sciences (3) PR: MATH 101 or placement

MATH 111

Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 101 or placement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 207

Discrete Structures I (3) PR: MATH 105, 111 or 120

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

MATH 250

Statistical Methods I (3) PR: Either MATH 111, 120 or instructor permission

Note: For higher level MATH courses that can count for this requirement, please consult with the Psychology Department. Honors math courses may also fulfill this requirement as long as they are calculus classes or have calculus as a pre-requisite.

Science Requirement: Select 8 credit hours of an introductory sequence or higher in biology, chemistry, or physics of which 2 credit hours must be earned in the accompanying laboratories:

BIOL 101

Concepts and Applications in Biology I (4) PR: None; CO: BIOL 101L

BIOL 101L

Concepts and Applications in Biology I Lab (0) CO: BIOL 101

BIOL 102

Concepts and Applications in Biology II (4) PR: BIOL 101 and 101 lab; CO: BIOL 102L

BIOL 102L

Concepts and Applications in Biology II Lab (0) CO: BIOL 102

BIOL 111

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3) PR: None; CO: BIOL 111L

BIOL 111L

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1) CO: BIOL 111

BIOL 112

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L; CO: BIOL 112L

BIOL 112L

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms Lab (1) CO: BIOL 112

 

 

CHEM 101

General Chemistry (3) PR: None; CO: CHEM 101L

CHEM 101L

General Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 101

CHEM 102

Organic and Biological Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 101 and 101L; CO: CHEM 102L

CHEM 102L

Organic and Biological Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 102

CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR/CO: CHEM 111L; Unless students exempt MATH 111 (via diagnostic testing) or have completed this course as a pre-requisite, they are required to take MATH 111 as a co-requisite.

CHEM 111L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 111

CHEM 112

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 111 and 111L

CHEM 112L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 112

 

 

PHYS 101

Introductory Physics I (3) PR: None; CO: PHYS 101L

PHYS 101L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 101

PHYS 102

Introductory Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or HONS 157; CO: PHYS 102L

PHYS 102L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 102

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) CO: PHYS 111L; PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L; CO: PHYS 112L; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

Note: The above listed 8 credit hour natural science sequences are at the introductory level. Higher level sequences (e.g. BIOL 201-202) taken at the College or transferred from another school may also satisfy this requirement.