General Requirements for the Major
General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major; and 3) all courses taken for a major must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major degree requirements listed below.
Requirements for the Major
- Completion of ten units in Psychology.
- Satisfactory completion of cognate requirement: BIOL 101 or 111.
- Note: this cognate requirement is in addition to the ten units in psychology.
- BIOL 111 is strongly recommended for students with an interest in biological psychology or neuroscience.
- Satisfactory completion of PSYC 101 (Introductory Psychology). Students with a strong psychology background may petition the department to take an elective instead of PSYC 101.
- Satisfactory completion of both PSYC 201 and PSYC 301 (Applied Statistics & Research Methods I, II).
- Note: PSYC 101 is a prerequisite for PSYC 201. The prerequisite for PSYC 301 is completion of PSYC 201 with a grade of C- or better or permission of instructor.
- Satisfactory completion of two of four laboratory courses: PSYC 310, 311, 312, or 313.
- Note: All laboratory courses have PSYC 201 as a prerequisite. PSYC 312 also requires PSYC 301 or permission of instructor. PSYC 311 students participate in laboratories involving live animals.
- Satisfactory completion of PSYC 401 (Perspectives).
- Satisfactory completion of four psychology elective courses from the foundation, supporting, or advanced & independent categories.
- At least two of the four courses must be from the foundations category at any level.
- At least two of the four courses must be at the 300/400 level.
- Note: Foundation electives are PSYC courses numbered between 220-239 and 320-339. Psychology course numbers for the supporting elective category are as follows: Supporting elective courses (240-269 and 340-369); supporting elective seminars (370-379); and advanced and independent courses (490-499).
- Note: Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry cannot be used to fulfill major requirements.
- Note: Psychology majors may not use PSYC 225 to fulfill the Social Scientific Approaches core requirement.
- Note: PSYC 370 may only be counted once toward the major.
- Psychology majors must satisfy university core requirements other than First-Year Seminars outside of the Psychology department.
The Psychology Department does not offer a Minor in Psychology. Non-majors who are interested in psychology and who would like guidance in selecting courses are encouraged to speak to any member of the department. For students interested in a concentration in psychology, taking PSYC 201 is recommended, since this course is a prerequisite for most of the 300-level psychology classes. Non-majors who are interested in applying to graduate school in psychology or a related field (such as neuroscience or special education) are strongly encouraged to speak with a psychology faculty member early on regarding their course selections. Non-majors are also able to take a number of courses without completing any prerequisites, including: PSYC 101, 200, 220, 221, 225, 230, and 255; other courses such as PSYC 265 and 320 may be taken starting in the sophomore year with one previous course in psychology.