Introduction to Psychology (PSY 113) is the first course for students interested in psychology and is a prerequisite for other courses in the department. Psychology 113 is a one semester course offered both fall and spring semesters. The lab component of the course is tied to the lecture section and does not have a separate registration. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP psychology exam exempts a student from PSY 113 and serves as a prerequisite for upper-level courses in the psychology curriculum although the AP credits will not count towards the 32 credits of the major. When students with AP PSY credit take PSY 113, they lose their AP credit. Some students with AP credit opt to take PSY 113 in order to gain laboratory experience, writing in APA style, and reading of the primary literature. Students interested in upper level study in psychology should complete Mathematics/Social Studies 115 (Introduction to Statistics) or Mathematics 209 (Applied Statistics) by their third semester, as statistics is the prerequisite for PSY 225 Research Methods, and PSY 225 is the prerequisite for all 300-level psychology courses. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP statistics exam is satisfies course and major requirements for MAT 115 or 209; MAT 209 has a MAT 131 prerequisite.

Students interested in the psychology major should take the required PSY 225 Research Methods by the fourth semester. A 4-year plan for the major should take into account that most of our 300-level courses are offered every other year whereas most of our 200-level courses are offered once a year.  When staffing allows, the department offers PSY 225 each semester.  The department strives to offer a 200-level and 300-level lab course each semester, as two laboratory courses are required for the major.  PSY 495 Senior Seminar is offered only in the spring; students planning to graduate in 7 semesters need to take PSY 495 in their 6th semester.

FIRST YEAR FALL FIRST YEAR SPRING
PSY 113 Introduction to Psychology MAT 115 or MAT 209
MAT 131 (if planning to take MAT 209)  
SECOND YEAR FALL SECOND YEAR SPRING
PSY 225 Research Methods PSY 2XX w/lab
  PSY 2XX
THIRD YEAR FALL THIRD YEAR SPRING
PSY 2XX PSY 3XX
FOURTH YEAR FALL FOURTH YEAR SPRING
PSY 3XX w/lab PSY 495 Senior Seminar
 

With a semester of off-campus study (OCS):

FIRST YEAR FALL FIRST YEAR SPRING
  PSY 113 Introduction to Psychology
SECOND YEAR FALL SECOND YEAR SPRING
PSY 2XX PSY 225 Research Methods
MAT 115 or MAT 209 PSY 2XX
THIRD YEAR FALL THIRD YEAR SPRING
OCS PSY 3XX, PSY 2XX
FOURTH YEAR FALL FOURTH YEAR SPRING
PSY 3XX PSY 495 Senior Seminar