The psychology program consists of 32 credit hours of the 120 required for a bachelor's degree. There are also 49 credit hours of electives. This flexibility allows you to tailor curriculum to match your career interests. Free electives can be used to explore career options, to verify exactly what you want to do or to complete the requirements for another major of interest during your four years at Clarkson.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester. FY100 First-Year Seminar is required for first-year students only. Both FY100 and UNIV 190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

FY100

First-Year Seminar

1

UNIV190

The Clarkson Seminar   

3

 

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in psychology will have approximately 15 credit hours available to use for Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Core Requirements

Students majoring in psychology are required to complete the following courses:

PY151

Introduction to Psychology

3

PY253

Social Psychology

3

PY255

Cognitive Psychology

3

PY456

Experimental Psychology

3

PY457

Experimental Psychology Laboratory   

2

 

Each psychology major has the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to the directed research and internship courses. In directed research, you work one-on-one with faculty members on a research topic of mutual interest. A list of our faculty and their research interests can be found at their bio page in the faculty & staff page.

Core Electives

The following are electives are required to complete the psychology major.

Cognitive Psychology
Students must complete one course from the following:

PY357

Human Cognitive Evolution

3

PY358

Animal Learning & Cognition

3

PY359

Perception

3

PY360

Learning & Memory

3

PY461

Judgment & Decision Making   

3

 

Directed Research/Internship
Students must complete one course from the following:

PY496

Directed Research in Psychology

1–6

PY401

Internship: Counseling Psychology

1–6

PY402

Internship: Personnel Relations

1–6

PY403

Internship in Psychology in Health Care Environments

1–6

 

Physiological Psychology
Students must complete one course from the following:

PY454

Physiological Psychology

3

PY458

Cognitive Neuroscience

3

PY460

Neurobiology

3

 

Undesignated Psychology Electives
Students must complete three courses from the following:

PY246 Educational Psychology

PY286 Organizational Behavior I

PY310 Human Sexuality

PY311 Cyberpsychology

PY315 Personal Relationships

PY317 The Psych of Psychoactive Drugs

PY319 Current Readings in Animal Behavior

PY321 Consumer Behavior

PY335 Personality

PY340 Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology

PY361 Motivation and Emotion

PY363 Judgement and Decision Making for the Biomedical Sciences

PY370 Developmental Psychology

PY411 Counseling Psychology

PY412 Psychiatric Center Professional Experience

PY453 Advanced Topics In Social Psychology

PY459 Neuroscience and Society

PY460 Neurobiology

PY461 Judgment and Decision Making

PY462 Abnormal Psychology

PY463 Health Psychology

PY480 Directed Study in Psychology

PY481 Directed Study in Social Psychology

PY482 Directed Study in Physiological Psychology

PY483 Directed Study in Cognitive Psychology

PY491 Directed Research in Health Psychology

PY492 Directed Research in Psychophysiology

PY493 Directed Research in Cognitive Psychology

PY494 Directed Research in Social Psychology

PY900 Thesis/Dissertation in Psychology

Mathematics
Students must complete three courses in mathematics (MA) numbered 100 or above, including one calculus and one statistics course (9 credits)

Free Electives
Students majoring in psychology will have approximately 49 credit hours available to use for courses in any subject, including psychology. The flexibility of this major often allows students to complete the requirements for another major at the same time. Double majors are valuable in today's job market, and the Psychology Department will tailor a program for you. Our goal is to meet your needs, interests and career goals.