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Major in Psychology or BCN


The undergraduate program in Psychology offers two areas of study:

Psychology or
Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN)

Areas of Psychology

Biopsychology: The neural, hormonal, and evolutionary influences on behavior.

Clinical: Biological and behavioral influences on psychopathology.

Cognitive: Mind, brain, thinking, and language.

Developmental: Changes in behavior from infancy and childhood throughout the lifespan.

Personality and Social Contexts: Individual differences and environmental influences on behavior.

Social: Interpersonal interaction, groups, and cultural influences on behavior. 

Opportunities

The department offers opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills to succeed both in the classroom and in the work world. Attend one of our undergraduate events to connect with alumni, learn about graduate school options, or explore careers our majors have gone into.

The department's faculty are well recognized for their contributions to the field. This allows students to not only be taught by the top experts in the field, but also gives them the opportunity to work hands-on with faculty as research assistants or undertake independent study. Senior students have the chance to work more independently on advanced research such as an honors thesis.

We also offer unique opportunities to gain skills necessary to be competitive in today's job market such as working as a peer advisor, participating in experiential service learning opportunities, and joining any of our student organizations. We also strongly recommend studying abroad to gain a global perspective.

Not sure what you'd like to do after graduation? Look through our Alumni Profiles & Videos. You can narrow your career path, explore career options, and see which classes within your major relate to careers using our Curriculum and Career Guides. Our Internships section can also provide you with places to begin your search and help fund your internship.

Curriculum Tips & Resources

Curriculum Tips

  • Meet with a staff or Peer Advisor every semester. Plan early - don't wait until registration!
  • If you have earned credit for Psych 111 by AP Exam, you should begin by taking the stats pre-req and a social science breadth group course (250, 270, 280, 290, or 291) 
  • Your methods lab should be taken right after you complete the stats pre-req
  • Look through the methods lab courses early and talk with your advisor to make a tentative plan to complete both lab requirements
  • Don't wait until your last term to take your methods lab or 400-level course requirement as you risk not getting in and delaying graduation
  • The middle digit of each Psych class indicates which area of psychology the course is associated with. Check the last page of your worksheet for details! 

Resources

Courses Per Term Charts show how courses count towards each major by term and are available up to a year in advanced. 

Our Registration and Grades website explains researved seats, first year seminars, waitlist procedures, and has helpful registration videos.  

Beyond-the-Box Feature contains a number of minors and specialties of study in other LSA and non-LSA departments which Psychology and BCN students commonly pursue. 

Check out possible Co-Majors and Minors that other students pair with a Psychology or BCN major!

Psychology is a valuable liberal arts major, allowing one to explore, develop, and expand their interests in the field. Undergraduate courses in psychology give students an opportunity to learn what research has shown about how behavior is motivated; how we perceive, learn, and think; how individuals differ from one another; how the personality develops from infancy to maturity and is expressed by behavior; and how interpersonal factors affect human relationships in the home, on the job, and in the community.

Areas: Biopsychology, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Personality and Social Contexts, Social

If you are considering a more specific major within Psychology that focuses on the most natural science related areas and has ties to both cognitive science and neuroscience, the Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) major may be appropriate for you. The overall goal of the BCN major is to provide a course of study that integrates natural science components including neuroscience, cognitive science, and evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior.

Areas: Biopsychology, Cognitive, some Developmental, plus possible courses from other natural science areas 

Program in Neuroscience (Major)

Neuroscience is an Interdepartmental Program managed by the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience (UPiN), which represents a collaboration between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). All questions regarding neuroscience should be directed to the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience (link below).

NEUROSCIENCE INFORMATION 

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program managed by the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science in a collaboration between the Department of Psychology, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Philosophy. All questions regarding Cognitive Science should be directed to the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science (link below).

COGNITIVE SCIENCE INFORMATION