Psychology Program Requirements

The psychology program offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts option.

B.S. Psychology

For students majoring in psychology, all courses designated as psychology (PSYC), including courses cross-listed with psychology, that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Unless otherwise noted, courses are all three credits.

Requirements

Foundation Courses - 13 credits

  • PSYC 100C - P3 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Writing in Psychology
  • PSYC 201 - Basic Statistics
  • PSYC 204 - Advanced Statistics
  • PSYC 290 - Career Planning & Exploration (1)

Content Domain Courses - 18 credits

  • PSYC 211 - P3 Society & Mental Illness
  • Choose ONE:
    • PSYC 227C - P3 Child and Adolescent Development*
    • PSYC 231C - P3 Development Across the Lifespan*
  • PSYC 235C - P3 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 280 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 281 - Learning
  • PSYC 282 - Cognitive Processes

Laboratory Courses - 6 credits

Choose TWO courses from the following:

  • PSYC 327 - Developmental Laboratory
  • PSYC 335 - Social Psychology Laboratory
  • PSYC 361 - Psychophysiology Laboratory
  • PSYC 362 - Topics Laboratory
  • PSYC 381 - Learning Laboratory
  • PSYC 382 - Cognitive Processes Laboratory

Seminar Course - 3 credits

  • PSYC 407 or 408 - Seminar in Psychology

Capstone Courses - 6 credits

  • PSYC 411 - Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSYC 436 - Advanced Personality

Electives - 15 credits

  • Five psychology (PSYC) elective courses

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses - 9 credits

  • One quantitative tool (MATH, STAT) course**
  • One philosophy (PHIL) course**
  • One natural science (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS) course**

Total: 70 credits

*Only one cumulative human development course may be applied to the psychology major. Thus, either PSYC 227C - P3 Childhood and Adolescent Development or PSYC 231C - P3 Development Across the Lifespan (but not both) may be used to fulfill psychology major requirements.

**May be drawn from relevant courses applied to the College Core (with the exception of DEPT 199 RW courses). Consult with your departmental advisor to choose courses to meet these requirements.

Note: At least half of the required PSYC credits for the psychology major (i.e., 30 PSYC credits for the B.S. degree or 21 credits for the B.A. degree) must be taken in residence. A student must also earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all psychology courses taken in residence for the major.

B.A. Psychology

For students majoring in psychology, all courses designated as psychology (PSYC), including courses cross-listed with psychology, that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Unless otherwise noted, courses are all three credits.

Note: A minor in another discipline is required of all students following B.A. programs.

Requirements

Foundation Courses - 13 credits

  • PSYC 100C - P3 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Writing in Psychology
  • PSYC 201 - Basic Statistics
  • Choose ONE:
    • PSYC 204 - Advanced Statistics
    • One additional PSYC elective at or beyond the 300 level
  • PSYC 290 - Career Planning and Exploration (1)

Content Domain Courses - 15 credits

Choose FIVE courses from the following.

  • PSYC 211 - P3 Society & Mental Illness
  • PSYC 227C - P3 Child and Adolescent Development* –OR–
    PSYC 231C - P3 Development Across the Lifespan*
  • PSYC 235C - P3 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 280 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 281 - Learning
  • PSYC 282 - Cognitive Processes

Laboratory Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following.

  • PSYC 327 - Developmental Laboratory
  • PSYC 335 - Social Psychology Laboratory
  • PSYC 361 - Psychophysiology Laboratory
  • PSYC 362 - Topics Laboratory
  • PSYC 381 - Learning Laboratory
  • PSYC 382 - Cognitive Processes Laboratory

Capstone Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following (must be taken at Fisher).

  • PSYC 411 - Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSYC 436 - Advanced Personality

Electives - 9 credits

  • Three psychology (PSYC) elective courses

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses - 9 credits

  • One quantitative tool (MATH, STAT) course**
  • One philosophy (PHIL) course**
  • One natural science (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS) course**

Total: 52 credits

*Only one cumulative human development course may be applied to the psychology major. Thus, either PSYC 227C - P3 Childhood and Adolescent Development or PSYC 231C - P3 Development Across the Lifespan (but not both) may be used to fulfill psychology major requirements.

**May be drawn from relevant courses applied to the College Core (with the exception of DEPT 199 RW courses). Consult with your departmental advisor to choose courses to meet these requirements.

Note: At least half of the required PSYC credits for the psychology major (i.e., 30 PSYC credits for the B.S. degree or 21 credits for the B.A. degree) must be taken in residence. A student must also earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all psychology courses taken in residence for the major.

Minor in Psychology

A grade point average of 2.00 is required of courses taken in residence in the minor.

Requirements

  • PSYC 100C - P3 Introduction to Psychology
  • Five psychology electives*

Total: 18 credits

*Only one cumulative human development course — either PSYC - P3 Childhood and Adolescent Development or PSYC 231C - P3 Development Across the Lifespan (but not both) — may be applied to the psychology minor.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.