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B.S. in Psychology

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Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. Its explorations span an enormous breadth, ranging from the activity of individual brain cells to the complex interactions between individuals and society. The science of psychology investigates how people develop and learn; how we perceive the world, how relationships are formed, how stress affects our health and impairs our performance, and why conflict is so much a part of the human experience. Psychologists also try to understand the nature and causes of abnormality and search for effective treatments to relieve the suffering it causes. The breadth of the discipline gives psychology majors a wide diversity of career options. While traditional professions such as mental health are still popular, graduates in psychology also pursue careers in the health professions, business, and governmental agencies.

The psychology curriculum at Clarkson emphasizes a theoretical and experimental approach to the various disciplines of psychological science. Our goal is to provide each student with a foundation in the fundamental areas of psychology, as well as specifically designed plans of study in the areas of greatest interest. All psychology majors will be given hands-on learning experiences. These experiences include directed research where the student works closely with a faculty member on an experiment of mutual interest, clinical internships where the student works with a therapist in a clinical environment, and/or industrial internships where the student works with psychologists in industrial settings. Talented students may pursue their own research projects through our senior thesis option. The psychology major prepares students for a variety of careers and for graduate study. Students may design their curricula to emphasize their own interests.

Students graduating with a B.S. degree in psychology from Clarkson will:

  • be able to critically evaluate information and apply it to a problem or question
  • be able to apply psychological principles to real-world problems
  • have content expertise in the areas of psychology represented by the psychology faculty
  • be able to write clearly and effectively.
 Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
PY101 First-Year Seminar
   PY255 Cognitive Psychology
3
  in Psychology
2
   PY253 Social Psychology
3
PY151 Intro. to Psychology
3
    Mathematics Course
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    Science Course
3
  Mathematics Course
3
    Science Course Lab
2
  Science Course
3
     
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FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
     
14
   
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15
       
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA282 Statistics
3
    Psychology Elective
3
  Psychology Electives
6
    Psychology Cognitive Elective
3
  KA/UC
3
    KA/UC
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Electives
6
   
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15
       
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
PY456 Experimental Psychology
4
    Psychology Physiological
  KA/UC
3
    Elective
3
  Free Electives
9
    Technology Elective
3
   
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    KA/UC
3
   
16
    Free Elective
6
           
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15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
PY Directed Research/
    Free Electives
15
  Internship
3
     
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  KA/UC
3
     
15
  Free Electives
9
       
   
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15
       

The Professional & Professional Experience requirements and the Information Technology requirement are distributed throughout the Psychology Curriculum.

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see academic requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

PSYCHOLOGY REQUIREMENTS & COURSES

REQUIRED COURSES PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES (continued)
PY151 Introduction to Psychology PY317 Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs
PY253 Social Psychology PY321 Consumer Behavior
PY255  Cognitive Psychology  PY325 Group Dynamics
PY456 Experimental Psychology PY340 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

DIRECTED RESEARCH/INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT (choose 1)

PY361 Human Motivation 
PY496 Directed Research PY370 Developmental Psychology
PY401-3 Internship PY411 Counseling Psychology
PHYSIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENT (choose 1) PY460 Neurobiology
PY454 Physiological Psychology PY462 Abnormal Psychology
PY458 Cognitive Neuroscience PY463 Health Psychology
COGNITIVE REQUIREMENT (choose 1) PY480 Directed Study in Psych.
PY357 Human Cognitive Evolution PY481 Directed Study in Social Psych.
PY358 Animal Learning and Cognition PY482 Directed Study in Physiological Psych.
PY359 Perception  PY483  Directed Study in Cognitive Psych.
PY360 Learning and Memory  PY491  Directed Research in Health Psych.
PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES (choose 3) PY492 Directed Research in Psychophysiology
PY286 Organizational Behavior I PY493 Directed Research in Cognitive Psych.
PY310 Human Sexuality PY498-499 Senior Thesis
PY315 Personal Relationships    
       
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