Summary of Degree Requirements

University 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 1001Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY 1901 Honors: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 1002Careers in Psychology1
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
Psychology Science Requirement
Select one of the following:4
BIOL 1001
Human Biology
BIOL 1011
General Biology I
CHEM 1021
& CHEM 1023
Introduction to Chemistry I
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1027
Applications of Chemistry
CHEM 1031
& CHEM 1033
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 1021
Introduction to General Physics I
EES 1001
Introductory Geology
EES 2001
Physical Geology
Developmental/Clinical/Social (DCS) Foundation Courses 1
Select two of the following:6
PSY 2201
Foundations of Psychopathology
PSY 2301
Foundations of Developmental Psychology
PSY 2401
Foundations of Social Psychology
PSY 2402
Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 2601
Foundations of Health Psychology
Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Foundation Courses 1
Select two of the following:6
PSY 2101
Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
PSY 2103
Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis
PSY 2104
Foundations of Sensation and Perception
PSY 2501
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 2502
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
Required Methods Course
PSY 3096Conducting Psychological Research3
Advanced Courses (3000-3620)
Select three of the following: 29
PSY 3002
Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
PSY 3003
Advanced Undergraduate Statistics
PSY 3005
Affective Neuroscience
PSY 3100
Topics: Brain, Behavior and Cognition
PSY 3141
Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Behavior
PSY 3151
Direct Applications of Behavioral Principles
PSY 3152
Experimental Psychopathology
PSY 3161
Research Methods in Perception
PSY 3162
Visual Recognition
PSY 3200
Topics: Clinical
PSY 3221
Clinical Psychology: Research and Practice
PSY 3223
Child Psychopathology and Treatment
PSY 3301
Phases of Development: Infancy
PSY 3303
Psychological Testing: Measuring IQ, Thoughts, Feelings, and Attitudes
PSY 3304
Personality, Social and Emotional Development
PSY 3305
Cognitive and Language Development
PSY 3306
Neuroscience of Development and Aging
PSY 3307
Theories of Development
PSY 3411
Social Cognition
PSY 3412
Psychological Studies of Social Issues
PSY 3417
Personnel Psychology
PSY 3418
Human Performance Improvement
PSY 3561
PSY 3566
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
PSY 3600
Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
PSY 3601
Social Health Psychology
PSY 3602
Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY 3603
Clinical Applications of Health Psychology
PSY 3615
History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 3620
Topics in Psychology
Psychology Elective
One additional course at the Foundation Level or the Advanced Level (2000-3620).3
Capstone Course 3
Select one of the following:3-4
PSY 4496
Capstone: History of Psychology
PSY 4596
Capstone: Fields of Psychology
PSY 4696
Capstone in Psychology
PSY 4796
Capstone: Research
PSY 4996
Honors Capstone
Total Credit Hours44-45

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 4182
& PSY 4282
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I
and Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II
Select one of the following:1-4
PSY 3791
Collaborative Research I
PSY 3891
Collaborative Research II
PSY 4791
Collaborative Research III
PSY 4891
Collaborative Research IV
PSY 3785Psychology Internship3
PSY 3787Practicum3

Distinction in Major

Students earn Distinction in Major upon completion of the Psychology Honors program.