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If you are a senior scheduled to graduate at the end of Fall 2017, please check degree navigator to see if you are on track to graduate. Check with Psych Advising if there is any doubt about your status. Here are 5 pitfalls that snare seniors: 1. Overall GPA in courses counting for the major/minor must be 2.0. 2. A maximum of 2 lower level courses (numbered below 300) can be used for the psych elective requirement. 3. The psych major math requirement is 640:103 or above (or an equivalent transfer course). 4. Grades in 101, 200 (or equivalent), and lecture/lab must be C or above. 5. A maximum of 3 credits of non-classroom courses can be applied to the major/minor elective requirement. Non-classroom courses include all fieldwork and research in psych courses (380/381, 382/383, 388/389, 391/392, 493, 495/496).

Changes to the Major

The following changes to the major requirements go into effect for Fall 2017: 1. The major can be declared after taking Quant Methods (or equivalent). Although the lab is still required for completion of the major, it will no longer be required for declaration. 2. The college level math requirement (640:103 or higher) has been dropped and replaced with a 6th elective, so the total number of psych elective credits increases from 15 to 18. 3. The number of credits of non-classroom courses that can be used for the major will increase from 3 to 6.

If you are under the current major and wish to switch to the new one, notify us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have not declared the major and wish to graduate under the old major, then you must complete the lab and declare by the end of the Summer 2017.

See Psych Advising for psych questons:  SAS advising for SAS core questions...

Every semester there are a handful of students who “have been told by another advisor” that a certain course could be used as an elective, that a course could be counted twice, that the GPA did not matter, etc. Your best advice for the psychology major or minor comes directly from the Psychology Advising Office; second best is Degree Navigator (which might occasionally fail to pick up something but to my knowledge has never misled a student by claiming something was complete when it was not); advisors from other departments run a distant third no matter how well-intentioned they may be.

Special Permission #s

Requests for special permission numbers will not be considered until your window for registration has opened.  In general, there will be no SP#s given except for seniors.  Please do not hassle our staff in the undergraduate psychology offices--when our courses are filled, they are filled and your best strategy is to enroll in an alternative course before other students have filled it as well.

If you have a legitimate scheduling problem, please do not request a single course section--send us all the possible solutions to your problem so that we will more likely be able to help.

Lab Courses

Completion of a lab course is required for Declaration of the Major under the current (or old major). Under the new major (mandatory for anyone who has not declared by the end of Summer 2017), you may declare after completing Quant Methods (or equivalent). Although the lab will no longer be a prereq for declaration, it is still required to complete the major. Because lab enrollment is limited, you should do everything possible to arrange your schedule for completion of your lab course requirement as soon as possible. With the exception of the 4-credit 830:323, all labs require the associated lecture course as a pre- or co-requisite. Do NOT wait for your "favorite lab" or you may find yourself delaying your expected graduation date.

With the exception of 830:314 Physiological Psychology Lab, all special requests for labs are handled via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (For physio labs contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Degree Navigator lists all of the lecture/lab combinations. By default, it lists the first lecture course that the program encounters, but of course, you may complete this requirement via any of the lecture lab combinations.

400-level Courses

All of our 400-level courses are designated for Majors Only,  Junior or Senior status.  .


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