Advising for Psychology Major and Minor

Requirements for Psychology Major

There are three general categories of courses that together make up the psychology major. All must be completed with a “C” or better.

Category I Courses are major requirements. You must complete all of these courses in order to graduate with a psychology major. Consequently, these courses are always offered annually (i.e., once a year) if not biannually (i.e., every semester).

Category II Courses are major elective requirements. You must complete one 4-credit course from 4 of the 5 sub-discipline areas in order to earn your psychology degree at Pacific University. However, you may take more than one of these courses for credit toward the major. Course offerings vary from AD LIB (i.e., as needed) or biennial (i.e., every other year) to biannual (i.e., every semester). Category III Courses are elective course options, emphases, and special topics courses that count toward the major. Students must earn an additional 16 credits by taking a variety of elective courses.

Category I: Major Requirements

Complete all of the below courses:
  • PSY 150, Introduction to Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSY 348, Research Methods (4 credits)
  • PSY 349, Research Methods Laboratory (2 credits)
  • PSY 350, Behavioral Statistics OR SOC 301, Social Statistics (4 credits)
  • PSY 451, Senior Directed Research (4 credits)

Category II: Required Breadth Elective Options

Complete at least one course from four of the five groups below:

Group A
PSY 252, BIOPSY I: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience with Laboratory (4 credits)
OR
PSY 352, Sensation and Perception with Laboratory (4 credits)
 
Group B
PSY 202, Health Psychology (4 credits)
OR
PSY 211, Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
OR
PSY 309, Personality Psychology (4 credits)
 
Group C
PSY 316, Psychology of Studying (4 credits)
OR
PSY 314, Memory and Mind (4 credits)
OR
PSY 416, Cognitive Science (4 credits)
Group D
PSY 240, Child Development (4 credits)
OR
PSY 281, Lifespan Development (4 credits)
Group E
PSY 358, Psychology of Ethnic Diversity in the US (4 credits)
OR
PSY 308, Social Psychology (4 credits)
OR
PSY 310, Community Psychology (4 credits)

Category III: Electives

Category III courses are elective options, emphases and special topics courses that count toward the major. Students must take an additional 16 credits electives, 8 must be
upper division. Any course you do not take to fulfill Category II may be used for an elective, as can of the other Psychology courses except those required in Category I and the Professional Development courses.
Additionally, the following classes from programs outside of psychology can electively be used electively towards the major or minor (no more than 8 credits total):
  • BIOL 330, Genetics
  • PHIL 310, Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 314, Philosophy of Mind
  • SOC/GSS 316, Gender and Sexuality
  • SOCWK 325, Counseling and Interviewing Techniques
TOTAL: 50 credits required for Major with the B.A. degree
TOTAL: 58 credits required for Major with the B.S. (an additional 2 lab NS classes)

Professional Development Courses

The following courses are recommended for any student interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree. These courses DO NOT count toward upper division credits within the Major. However, they do fulfill upper division credits toward CORE.
These courses include:
  • PSY 351, Directed Research
  • PSY 448, Mentoring in Psychology
  • PSY 451, Senior Thesis (4 credits of 451 are required more than 4 are considered "professionial development" and do not count towards the major)
  • PSY 475, Internship Experience

Requirements for Minor

The Psychology minor must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
  • PSY 150, Introduction to Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSY 350, Behavioral Statistics or SOC 301, Social Statistics (4 credits)
Elective courses (16 credits):
Students intending to minor in Psychology should consult with a department member prior to choosing electives. At least 8 of the elective credits must be at the upper division level and no more than 8 elective credits outside of Psychology may be used toward a Psychology Minor. These interdisciplinary courses must be Psychology-Approved courses.
Psychology-approved interdisciplinary courses include:
  • EXIP 365, Perceptual Motor Learning
  • BIOL 330, Genetics
  • PHIL 310, Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 314, Philosophy of Mind
  • SOC/GSS 316, Gender & Sexuality
  • SOCWK 325, Counseling and Interviewing Techniques
TOTAL: 24
TOTAL: 16
 
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