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Psychology B.S. Degree Requirements

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Those admitted into the PSYC BS for the Fall 2018 term will be allowed to continue as a PSYC BS major. However, as of Summer 2018, no other students will be admitted into this major.

Your major requirements will depend on when you entered UD (your "Catalog Year").

Students have the option of changing to a subsequent Catalog Year (e.g., if requirements become more lenient after you start at UD, you may request to switch to the more lenient requirements). Please contact the Director of Advising for more information.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2004-2009, click here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2010-2012, click here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2013-2016, click here and download a degree checklist here.

Download the Degree Checklist for your own records:

Psychology BS Checklist Catalog Year 2017 and later

A sample Psychology B.S. 4-year plan

Catalog Year 2017 and later

University RequirementsCredits
English 110 (need a C-)

ENGL 110 will be taken by all students as freshmen. ENGL 110 must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters. Transfer students who have completed college-level courses in research writing should check the English Department to see if they qualify for exemption.

Multicultural Course (MCC; need a D-)3
First Year Experience (FYE) 
Discovery Learning Experience  (DLE; satisfied with Thesis Research requirement)3
University Breadth Requirements

Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). University Breadth courses must be taken from four different subject areas.  Students in a single major may NOT satisfy these with courses from their major area.

          --Creative Arts and Humanities3
          --History and Cultural Change3
          --Social and Behavioral Sciences3
          --Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology3
Capstone Experience   (new requirement for students entering UD in Fall 2017; satisfied with Thesis Research requirement)

College of Arts & Sciences RequirementsCredits
Second Writing Course (need a C-)
Must have completed 60 credits first; Only the specific sections designated within each academic term will satisfy the second writing requirement.
Foreign Language (need a D-)
The number of courses depends on years of language taken in high school; must complete the intermediate level (107 or 112 or 202 (formerly 214), depending on the language)
Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirements
Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). Within each group, courses must be from at least two departments. Courses may count for both University and A&S breadth requirements when a course satisfies both (see the rules here).
          --Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities6
          --Group B: History and Cultural Change6
          --Group C: Social and Behavioral Sciences
          --Group D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology      ​(Satisfied with B.S. requirements)

Science Core Requirements     (need a C- for all science core courses) Credits​
Biology. Take all three: 
    BISC207: Introductory Biology I (coreq: CHEM103 or CHEM107)4
    BISC208: Introductory Biology II (coreq: CHEM104 or CHEM108)4
    BISC306: General Physiology (prereq: BISC208 and two semesters of CHEM)3
Chemistry or Physics. Choose one sequence from:
Note: CHEM103/107 and CHEM104/108 are required corequisites for BISC207 and 208
    CHEM103 or CHEM107: General Chemistry4
    CHEM104 or CHEM108: General Chemistry 4
​    PHYS201: Introductory Physics I ​4
​    PHYS202: Introductory Physics II​4
Mathematics. Choose one from:  
​    MATH221: Calculus​3
​    MATH241: Analytic Geometry & Calculus A​4
Computer Science
    CISC108: Introduction to Computer Science


Psychology Major Requirements     (need a C- for all major courses)

Required courses.  Take all four: 

     PSYC100: General Psychology

AP score of 4 will exempt you from PSYC100

     PSYC207: Research Methodology3
     PSYC209: Measurement & Statistics
MATH202, MATH205, STAT200, or SOCI301 are approved substitutions. If you received STAT200 credit through AP Statistics, you must still fulfill this requirement.
     PSYC369: Research Seminar3
Core Competencies: 
BiopsychologyChoose one from:3
     PSYC312: Learning & Motivation 
     PSYC314: Brain & Behavior 
     PSYC320: Introduction to Neuroscience
If you are minoring or double majoring with Neuroscience, please see this website for the rules about which courses can count for both sets of requirements.

Cognitive PsychologyChoose one from:3
     PSYC310: Sensation & Perception 
     PSYC340: Cognition 
     PSYC344: Psychology of Language 
Developmental/Clinical Psychology.  Choose one from:3
    PSYC350: Developmental Psychology 
    PSYC380: Psychopathology 
Social/Personality/Cultural PsychologyChoose one from:
    PSYC370: Research in Personality 
    PSYC390: Social Psychology 
    PSYC394: Cultural Psychology 

400- or 600-Level Specialty Courses.  Take two.

Excludes 466, 468, and 404

Thesis Research.  Choose one from:
Note: Typically, students begin working in research labs at the start of their junior year or earlier. You must have a written thesis proposal, that is agreed to by your faculty research mentor, prior to the start of your thesis research.

    PSYC468: Thesis Research (prereq: 3+ credits in PSYC366 and/or PSYC466 or PSYC369)
Note:  Once students complete the written thesis, the final version should approved by the faculty mentor. The faculty mentor will then submit a copy to the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee.

    UNIV401 & 402: Senior Thesis
For highly motivated students wanting a degree with distinction. Note that a formal application is due during junior year and a committee and oral defense are required. 

Total credits in the Psychology B.S. major: 36

Total credits to graduate: minimum124 with a GPA of 2.0

Note: If you are minoring or double majoring with Neuroscience, please see this website for the rules about which courses can count for both sets of requirements.

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