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Psychology Major Information

Students can be admitted to the Department of Psychology as Pre-psychology majors by meeting the Utah State University admission requirements and requesting that their major be declared as Pre-Psychology.

Psychology Major Requriements
Required Courses (28 cr required)

Psy 1010 General Psychology         3cr           Graduate School Preparation: The major in Psychology has been designed so
students are taking classes that will help them compete in applying for graduate
school.  Students plannint to attend graduate school need to become actively
involved with faculty research, form an association with Psi Chi and enroll in
experiential courses.  Students should also take a course covering use of statistical
software (e.g., APLIA), offered through FCHD or Sociology.  Get involved Early!

Psy 1100 Lifespan Development 3cr  
Psy 1400 Analysis of Behavior: Basic 3cr  
PSy 1410 Analysis of Behavior: Basic : Lab 1cr            
Psy 2010 Orientation to Psychology/ Profession & Career 2cr  
Psy 3010 Psychological Statistics (QI) 4cr  
Psy 3210 Abnormal Psychology 3cr  
Psy 3500 Research Methods (CI) 3cr  
Psy 4950 Undergraduate Apprenticeship (CI) 3cr  
Psy 5330 Tests and Measurement 3cr  

Core Domains (13 cr required)

Biological Basis of Behavior
(select one)
Psy 3460
Psy 3450
Psy 4460
Neuroscience I
Perception and Psychophysics                 
Neuroscience II
Learning and Cognition
(select one)
Psy 3400
Psy 4420-30
Analysis of Behavior: Advanced
Cognitive Psychology / Lab
Sociocultural Influences
(select one)
Psy 4230
Psy 4240
Psychology of Gender
Multicultural Psychology
Persons and Society
(select one)
psy 3510
Psy 4210
Social Psychology
Personality Theory

Specialization (6 cr required)
Additional courses from Core Domains may count in the specialization area if, and only if, the additional courses have not been counted for Core Domain requirements.

Psy 2100 Human Development: Adolescence 3cr
Psy 3110 Health Psychology 3cr
Psy 3120 Abuse and Neglect...Domestic Violence (Online only) 3cr
Psy 3720 Behavior Assessment & Intervention I 3cr
Psy 4720 Behavior Assessment & Intervention II 3cr
Psy 4000 Mental Aspects of Sports Performance (OR) 3cr
Psy 5050 Psychological Aspects of Sports Performance
Psy 5100 History and Systems of Psychology 3cr
Psy 5200 Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling 3cr

Moving From Pre Psychology To Psychology Major

Students will remain as pre psychology majors until they have completed certain requirements (see three necessary prerequisites below) and have contacted their advisor for an evaluation of these requirements.

Three Necessary Prerequisites To Move From Pre Psychology To Psychology Major

To declare a Psychology major, a student must make written application to the Department after all three of the following prerequisites have been met.

  • Completion of at least 40 semester credits with a USU GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of at least 18 semester credits of the University Studies requirement with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the following: Psy 1010, 1100, 1400, 1410, 3010, 2010 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


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Tressa M. Haderlie


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