Major Requirements

The information below is based on the 2017-2018 course catalog. For previous catalog information, please refer to the catalog PDF links at the bottom of this page. Your catalog year is displayed on GaelXpress under Academic Evaluation.

PSYCHOLOGY CORE CURRICULUM

Intended to give breadth and scope of the discipline, all psychology majors are required to fulfill the following four courses: Psychology 1, 3, 103, and 110.

FULL CREDIT COURSE REQUIREMENT

All course requirements for the Psychology major must be met by full credit courses. In other words, .25 and .50 credit courses may not be used to ful ll course requirements in the Psychology major.

COURSE PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

A minimum grade of C– in all prerequisites is required for admission to all courses. Prerequisites may be waived at the discretion of the instructor.

CONCENTRATIONS 

There are four major concentrations in the Department of Psychology. A student may elect to follow any one of these programs for a bachelor of science degree: 
     1. General Psychology
     2. Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration
     3. Child/Adolescent Development Concentration
     4. Social Psychology Concentration
     5. Personality Psychology Concentration 

TRANSFER CREDIT IN PSYCHOLOGY

Students already enrolled at Saint Mary's College who wish to transfer credit for an off-campus psychology course other than Psychology 1 must submit a formal petition to do so to the chair of the Psychology Department before enrolling in the course. Online courses are generally not accepted for credit in this department.  

 

 

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

For the student who wants a general education in psychology, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to the psychology core curriculum is offered which must include

  • One of Psychology 126, 127, or 128
  • Two of Psychology 140, 150, or 160
  • One of Psychology 100, 106, or 195
  • Six upper-division Psychology electives

BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE CONCENTRATION

For the student with an interest in the biological bases of behavior, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to the psychology core curriculum which must include

  • Psychology 106
  • Two of Psychology 126, 127, or 128
  • Two of Psychology 140, 150, or 160
  • one Biology course with a lab
  • one Chemistry course with a lab
  • Math 27 or equivalent
  • any two upper division Psychology electives

CHILD/ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT CONCENTRATION

For the student interested in working with individuals in educational or social service settings, a sequence of upper-division course in addition to the psychology core curriculum is offered which must include

  • Psychology 140 and 142
  • One of Psychology 126, 127, or 128
  • One of Psychology 150 or 160
  • One of Psychology 100, 106, or 195
  • Three courses from Psychology 008, 141, 143, 144, 147, 148, 165, or 174, at least one of which must be Psychology 141 or 144
  • Two additional upper division psychology electives

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY CONCENTRATION

For the student interested in community or organizational psychology, a sequence of upper division courses in addition to the psychology core curriculum is offered which must include

  • Psychology 160
  • One of Psychology 140 or 150
  • One of Psychology 126, 127, or 128
  • One of Psychology 100, 106, or 195
  • Three courses from Psychology 115, 147, 157, 165, 169, 172, or 180, at least two of which must be Psychology 165, 169, 172, or 180
  • Three additional upper division electives

PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY CONCENTRATION

For the student interested in social work or counseling/clinical psychology, a sequence of upper division courses in addition to the psychology core curriculum is offered which must include

  • Psychology 150
  • One of Psychology 140 or 160
  • One of Psychology 126, 127 or 128
  • One of Psychology 100, 106, or 195
  • Three courses from Psychology 147, 148, 152, 157, 170, or 174, at least two of which must be Psychology 152, 170, or 174
  • Three additional upper division electives

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