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Psychology Major: Degree Requirements

Required Courses - All Concentrations

  • PSY 101 Introduction to the Psychology Major - 1 credit
  • PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics - 4 credits
  • PSY 247^ Research Methods I - 4 credits
  • PSY 327^^ Research Methods II - 4 credits
  • PSY 390 Professional Development - 1 credit
  • PSY 419 History and Systems of Psychology - 3 credits

Degree Requirements (Concentrations)

General Psychology
Behavior Analysis
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Mental Health Counseling

Admission to the Program

All students requesting admission the Psychology major should contact the secretary of the Department of Psychological Science. The student will be assigned an advisor within the department.

Degree Requirements

  1. All majors must complete at least 47 credits in psychology, exclusive of PSY 100.
  2. Students must complete PSY 227, PSY 247, and PSY 327 with a grade of C or better.
  3. Majors either follow the General Psychology curriculum or, as an alternative, choose a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, IndustrialOrganizational Psychology, Behavior Analysis or Mental Health Counseling.
  4. At least 18 credits of Psychology must be completed in residence at Eastern.
  5. A minimum overall 2.3 GPA in Psychology courses is required for graduation with a major in Psychology. Students may not include PSY 100 or Special Program courses in the calculation of the GPA. Students are therefore not allowed to use PSY 100. 480, 490, 491, 496, 497, or 498 in computing this required GPA. It is further noted that students should maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major to be considered for graduate studies in psychology.
  6. Consistent with the University’s liberal arts mission, written work is a required component of all Psychology courses.
  7. All Psychology majors must take the Psychology comprehensive exam and exit survey prior to graduation. Students who did not achieve a satisfactory grade on the comprehensive exam (as determined by the Department of Psychological Science) must successfully complete a remedial component before graduation.

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