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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.
PY151 Intro. to Psychology
3
  PY255 Cognitive Psychology
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
  PY253 Social Psychology
3
Mathematics Course
3
    Mathematics Course
3
Science Course
5
    Science Course
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    Science Course Lab
2
 
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15
     
14
   
     
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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.

PSYCHOLOGY REQUIREMENTS & COURSES

REQUIRED COURSES
PY151 Introduction to Psychology    
PY253 Social Psychology    
PY255  Cognitive Psychology     
PY456 Experimental Psychology    
DIRECTED RESEARCH/INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT (choose 1)
PY496 Directed Research    
PY401-3 Internship    
PHYSIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENT (choose 1)
PY454 Physiological Psychology    
PY458 Cognitive Neuroscience    
COGNITIVE REQUIREMENT (choose 1)
PY357 Human Cognitive Evolution    
PY358 Animal Learning and Cognition    
PY359 Perception     
PY360 Learning and Memory     
PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES (choose 3)
PY286 Organizational Behavior I PY460 Neurobiology
PY310 Human Sexuality PY462 Abnormal Psychology
PY315 Personal Relationships PY463 Health Psychology
PY317 Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs PY480 Directed Study in Psych.
PY321 Consumer Behavior PY481 Directed Study in Social Psych.
PY325 Group Dynamics PY482 Directed Study in Physiological Psych.
PY340 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology PY483  Directed Study in Cognitive Psych.
PY361 Human Motivation  PY491  Directed Research in Health Psych.
PY370 Developmental Psychology PY492 Directed Research in Psychophysiology
PY411 Counseling Psychology PY493 Directed Research in Cognitive Psych.
PY459 Neuroscience and Society PY498-499 Senior Thesis