Psychology Curriculum

The program includes courses often listed as prerequisites for graduate schools in the discipline as well as an emphasis on critical thinking, clear speaking and writing, project management, data analysis, and fruitful collaboration.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

For an Area of Concentration in psychology, eight specific courses are required (listed below). In addition, at least two advanced-level courses in psychology and the Psychology Senior Seminar (two terms) are required to complete the Area of Concentration.

1) Introductory Psychology Seminar: a prerequisite for most other psychology courses; usually taken in fall of first year; we will accept an Intro Psych class from another college as a substitute IF there is a transcript on file at the registrar’s office showing a grade of B or better.
2) Introduction to Statistics: provides the knowledge necessary to understand the experimental literature in psychology and to conduct statistical tests of their own data; usually taken in the second year or fall of third year.
3) Research Methods: develops the skills necessary to design, execute, and report empirical research; usually taken in the spring of the third year.
4-7) Four of the six following second tier courses must be taken; most students have at least three of them completed by the end of the third year:

  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

8) A laboratory course: Labs are taught in Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior; this must be a full semester or equivalent (i.e., two mods) activity; usually taken in the second or third year;

Plus

TWO Advanced-level Psychology classes and/or tutorials: these require at least one second tier class as a prerequisite, so they are usually taken in the spring of the second year or later; each must be full semester or equivalent (i.e., two mods) activity;

Plus

Psychology Senior Seminar: normally completed as part of the student’s final two contracts.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

The requirements for the “slash” AOC in psych are seven classes.

Introductory Psychology Seminar: a prerequisite for most other psychology courses; usually taken in fall of first year; we will accept an Intro Psych class from another college as a substitute IF there is a transcript on file at the registrar’s office showing a grade of B or better.

Introduction to Statistics: provides the knowledge necessary to understand the experimental literature in psychology and to conduct statistical tests of their own data; usually taken in the second year or fall of third year.

Research Methods: develops the skills necessary to design, execute, and report empirical research; usually taken in the spring of the third year.

Three of the six following second-tier courses must be taken; most students have at least two of them completed by the end of the third year:

  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

A “mini” laboratory course: (one mod credit) – See psych faculty for options; a full term lab will also fill this requirement; usually completed in the third of fourth year,

Plus:

ONE advanced-level Psychology course or tutorial: these require at least 1 second tier class as a
prerequisite, so they are usually taken in the spring of the second year or later; must be full semester or equivalent (i.e., 2 mods) activity.

Other Recommended Courses
In order to provide some breadth and perspective, psychology students are encouraged to take courses in other disciplines that will complement their programs. Recommended courses include those from the general areas of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, biology, physics, anthropology, sociology, political science and religion.