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
Human Biology
General Biology I
Introduction to Chemistry I
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
Applications of Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
Introduction to General Physics I
Introductory Geology
Physical Geology
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 3096Conducting Psychological Research3
Advanced Courses (3000-3620)
Select three of the following: 29
Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
Advanced Undergraduate Statistics
Affective Neuroscience
Topics: Brain, Behavior and Cognition
Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Behavior
Direct Applications of Behavioral Principles
Experimental Psychopathology
Research Methods in Perception
Visual Recognition
Topics: Clinical
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
Social Cognition
Psychological Studies of Social Issues
Personnel Psychology
Human Performance Improvement
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
Social Health Psychology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Applications of Health Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
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
Capstone: History of Psychology
Capstone: Fields of Psychology
Capstone in Psychology
Capstone: Research
Honors Capstone
Total Credit Hours44-45

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.