Summary of Degree Requirements
- MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
- All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are PSY 3096 Conducting Psychological Research and one of the following capstone courses: PSY 4496, PSY 4596, PSY 4696, PSY 4796, PSY 4996.
- Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.
College of Liberal Arts Requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
- 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
- 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
- For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
- Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
- Professional Development Requirement
- All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
- Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
- All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
- All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
- All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
- Third semester of a foreign language;
- Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
- Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
- Study Abroad at an approved program; or
- Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
- Notes on Foreign Language Study
- The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
- Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
- See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.
General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.
Major Requirements (minimum 44 credits; 40 credits in Psychology plus 4 credits in a designated science area):
|Introductory Courses Required|
|PSY 1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or PSY 1901||Honors: Introduction to Psychology|
|PSY 1002||Careers in Psychology||1|
|PSY 1003||Statistics for Psychology||3|
|PSY 1004||Critical Thinking in Psychology||3|
|Psychology Science Requirement|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|General Biology I|
& CHEM 1023
|Introduction to Chemistry I|
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
|Applications of Chemistry|
& CHEM 1033
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
|Introduction to General Physics I|
|Developmental/Clinical/Social (DCS) Foundation Courses 1|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Foundations of Psychopathology|
|Foundations of Developmental Psychology|
|Foundations of Social Psychology|
|Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology|
|Foundations of Health Psychology|
|Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Foundation Courses 1|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Foundations of Cognitive Psychology|
|Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis|
|Foundations of Sensation and Perception|
|Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience|
|Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Required Methods Course|
|PSY 3096||Conducting Psychological Research||3|
|Advanced Courses (3000-3620)|
|Select three of the following: 2||9|
|Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology|
|Advanced Undergraduate Statistics|
|Topics: Brain, Behavior and Cognition|
|Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Behavior|
|Direct Applications of Behavioral Principles|
|Research Methods in Perception|
|Clinical Psychology: Research and Practice|
|Child Psychopathology and Treatment|
|Phases of Development: Infancy|
|Psychological Testing: Measuring IQ, Thoughts, Feelings, and Attitudes|
|Personality, Social and Emotional Development|
|Cognitive and Language Development|
|Neuroscience of Development and Aging|
|Theories of Development|
|Psychological Studies of Social Issues|
|Human Performance Improvement|
|Neurobiology of Learning and Memory|
|Advanced Topics in Health Psychology|
|Social Health Psychology|
|Clinical Applications of Health Psychology|
|History and Systems of Psychology|
|Topics in Psychology|
|One additional course at the Foundation Level or the Advanced Level (2000-3620).||3|
|Capstone Course 3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Capstone: History of Psychology|
|Capstone: Fields of Psychology|
|Capstone in Psychology|
|Total Credit Hours||44-45|
Foundation courses are prerequisites for the advanced (3000-level) areas.
Select three from any of the advanced courses (3000-3620) for which you have completed the prerequisite foundation course. These courses cover specialty areas within particular fields of psychology.
Note: PSY 3096 does not count toward the requirement.
Seniors only - minimum of 90 credits completed and completion PSY 3096.
See the Psychology "About" page for more information on combining the various programs offered by Psychology and Neuroscience. Some programs cannot be combined; others permit a degree of overlap. All restrictions are listed in detail on that page.
Individual Study Courses
Permission of the instructor is required to register for these courses. For all Psychology majors and minors.
& PSY 4282
|Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I|
and Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II
|Select one of the following:||1-4|
|Collaborative Research I|
|Collaborative Research II|
|Collaborative Research III|
|Collaborative Research IV|
|PSY 3785||Psychology Internship||3|
Distinction in Major
Students earn Distinction in Major upon completion of the Psychology Honors program.