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FYI for Psychology & Neuroscience Majors

  • ​Psychology majors may minor in Neuroscience, but there are restrictions:

--NSCI320 may only count simultaneously for the Biopsychology PSYC major requirement and the NSCI minor.  NSCI320 will NOT count toward the PSYC BA Elective requirement if you have the NSCI minor.

--400-level NSCI courses do NOT count toward both the PSYC major and the NSCI minor and vice versa (even if they are cross-listed).

  • Neuroscience majors may NOT minor in Psychology.

  • Neuroscience majors may double major in Psychology, but for those entering in 2013 or later, only four PSYC/NSCI courses may count for both majors.   

General Information about Double Majors

Psychology and Neuroscience complement the other social, behavioral, and life sciences including Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Communication, Biology, and Chemistry. But many combinations are possible! You can also double major in Psychology and Neuroscience.

You can visit the Online Catalog to view all of the majors and minors offered at UD.

Double majors in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

If the second major is also in the College of Arts and Sciences​, it is relatively simple to double major because the CAS requirements apply to both majors. However, some majors require many credits so you'll need to plan early.

Double majors in other Colleges at UD

Although it is possible to double major with majors such as Education, Business, or Human Services, it may be very difficult or require additional time. These majors are in other UD Colleges (e.g., Human Services is in the College of Education and Human Development). This situation is a bit more complicated because each College has its own graduation requirements, and they do not always overlap. For this reason, students interested in both majors sometimes choose to minor in one.

Making your courses count

If you plan to double major or do more than one minor, get advisement from the multiple departments sooner rather than later!  The advisors can help you find courses that count for several programs. For example, if your other major is Criminal Justice (CJ), you can take PSYC100 to fulfill a College Group C Breadth requirement, a PSYC requirement, and a CJ requirement. The CJ major may even accept PSYC209 in place of SOCI301.

You will have an easier time combining majors if you choose classes that fulfill both a breadth requirement and a major or minor requirement. Keep in mind, too, that you should try to take your Second Writing and Multicultural requirement courses in your major department – another way of making a course do double duty.

Double degrees

A double degree refers to a double major where one major leads to the B.A. and the other major leads to a B.S. degree.  You must complete the requirements for both degrees.

General Information about Minors

Many students supplement their majors with a minor.  Most minors consist of about 18 credits, but some require more. Neuroscience majors may not declare the minor in Psychology. Psychology majors may declare a minor in Neuroscience but courses may not count for both the major and minor other than PSYC100.

The only downside to pursuing a minor is that you will have less flexibility in your schedule for electives and breadth requirements. However, Psychology B.A. majors typically have plenty of extra room in their schedules, since our major only requires 30 credits. 

Want to Change or Add a Major or Minor?

Most majors and minors can be added anytime using the Change of Major/Minor Webform.  Please note that some majors and minors are restricted, so they may have specific application periods and requirements. Check the individual department websites for this information.

If first-year students wish to change their major, they may do so after Fall semester grades have been posted. Transfer students who are at least sophomore status or higher may change their major without a GPA during the Fall semester.

Need more information about the change of major process?  See the Registrar's FAQ page here.

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