Degree Requirements

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Psychology Majors

Students should select a psychology department faculty member as their primary or secondary advisor when they declare a major or minor in psychology.

Students may obtain either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology at Denison University.

Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology

The B.A. degree in Psychology requires the completion of ten courses in Psychology. Required courses for the B.A. include the following:

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 200Research Methods and Statistics
  • Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology exam will receive credit toward graduation only. Psychology majors/minors (including those with an AP Psychology exam score of 4 or 5) must still complete PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology at Denison or an equivalent Introductory Psychology course that includes a rigorous laboratory. Majors/minors with transfer credit from another university (PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology) do not need to complete PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology. They may begin with PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Statistics or an elective. However, majors/minors with PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit who do not complete PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology at Denison must complete one additional Psychology elective.  PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology does not satisfy a Science (Y) GE. 
  • Transfer Credit: Students may waive the PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology requirement with approved PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit from an Introductory Psychology transfer college or university course. Note, however, that PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology does not fulfill a Y (Science) GE and does not count toward the courses for the major/minor. Thus, students with PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit will need to complete one additional PSYC elective course to meet the required number of courses for the B.A. degree (see below for more information on Elective Courses). If a student with PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit elects to take PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology at Denison, the PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit will be forfeited.
  • Two Combinations of Topical Psychology Course Plus Research Course (a Total of 4 Courses)
    • Research courses must be taken concurrently with their accompanying topical courses. The first topical/research course combination must be at the 200-level; the second topical/research course combination must be at the 300-level. Specific courses that fulfill the topical/research course combinations are listed below (these courses vary be semester):

    • 200-Level Topical/Research Course Combination Options

      PSYC 200 and successful completion of Citi Program's Research Ethics & Compliance are prerequisites for all 200-Level Topical/Research Course Combination Options.
      PSYC 210Development in Infancy and Childhood
      PSYC 211Research in Development in Infancy and Childhood
      PSYC 215Adult Development and Aging
      PSYC 216Research in Adult Development and Aging
      PSYC 220Social Psychology
      PSYC 221Research in Social Psychology
      PSYC 225Environmental Psychology
      PSYC 226Research in Environmental Psychology
      PSYC 230Organizational Psychology
      PSYC 231Research in Organizational Psychology
      PSYC 240Theories of Personality
      PSYC 241Research in Personality Psychology
      PSYC 245Adolescence
      PSYC 246Research in Adolescence
      PSYC 250Abnormal Psychology
      PSYC 251Research in Abnormal Psychology
      PSYC 265Cultural Psychology
      PSYC 266Research in Cultural Psychology
      PSYC 270Health Psychology
      PSYC 271Research in Health Psychology
      PSYC 290Psychology of Thinking
      PSYC 291Research in PSYC of Thinking
    • 300-Level Topical/Research Course Combination Options
      A 200-Level Topical/Research Course Combination and successful completion of the Citi Program's Research Ethics & Compliance training are prerequisites for all 300-Level Topical/Research Course Combination Options.
      PSYC 310Psychology of Learning
      PSYC 311Research in Psychology of Learning
      PSYC 330Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC 331Research in Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC 340Sensation and Perception
      PSYC 341Research in Sensation and Perception
      PSYC 350Biological Psychology
      PSYC 351Research in Biological Psychology
      PSYC 355Clinical Psychology
      PSYC 356Research in Clinical Psychology
      PSYC 380Nonverbal Behavior in Human Interactions
      PSYC 381Research Nonverbal Behavior in Human Interactions
  • Two Psychology Elective Courses
    • These 2 courses must be chosen from Psychology course offerings at the 200, 300, or 400- level. PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology or PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit is usually the only prerequisite for PSYC elective courses.
  • The following courses do NOT count toward the elective courses required for the major:
  • PSYC 202Field Experience in Psychology
    PSYC 361Directed Study
    PSYC 362Directed Study
    PSYC 363Independent Study
    PSYC 364Independent Study
    PSYC 451Senior Research
    PSYC 452Senior Research
  • Transfer Courses & Off-Campus Study:
    • Denison University works to make study abroad possible for all students. The Psychology Department encourages students to study abroad during their junior year. A maximum of one elective Psychology course for the B.A. major can be fulfilled with transfer course credit from either an Off-Campus Study program or another U.S. college or university. For a transfer course to count toward this requirement for the major or minor, the transfer course must be equivalent to 3-4 credit hours in a Psychology course at Denison, and must have been reviewed and approved, in advance, by the Psychology Department Chair. To request review of a potential transfer course, please submit to the Psychology Department Chair the Off-Campus Study transfer credit form along with a complete and current syllabus from the transfer course. Transfer and Off-Campus Study courses cannot be approved without a syllabus reviewed by the department chair.
    • Additional Psychology courses taken from an Off-Campus Study program will not count toward the Psychology major or minor, but may be eligible for credits toward graduation at Denison.
    • Other Psychology courses taken from another U.S. college or university may not be eligible to fulfill course requirements for the Psychology major or minor at Denison; eligibility decisions are made on a course-by-course basis by the Psychology Department at Denison.

    • Some Denison students studying abroad conduct independent research or internships as part of their study abroad experience. We encourage students to visit the Off-Campus Study office to explore options. Students who conduct human subjects research while abroad must follow the policies described on the University IRB website in MyDenison at Campus Resources => Provost => Institutional Review Board (IRB) - for Research involving Human Participants, and then scroll down to "Off-Campus Study & Human Subjects Research."

  • Students with PSYC 199 - Introductory Topics in Psychology credit will need to complete one additional PSYC elective course (for a total of 3 elective courses) to meet the required number of courses for the B.A. major (see section above on Introduction to Psychology for more information).
  • One 300-level Psychology Seminar Course 
    PSYC 300Seminars
    PSYC 301Seminar: Psychology of Women
    One 200-level PSYC Research Course is a prerequisite for all PSYC seminar courses.
    PSYC seminars are open to students in their junior and senior years only.
     
    PSYC 401Assessment Exam
    This zero-credit course is used to track each Psychology major's completion of the required departmental assessment exam. This course is required for students matriculating in and after fall 2019. It is optional for all other majors.
    PSYC 410History and Systems of Psychology
    This course is open to students in their junior or senior year only.

The flexibility of the B.A. requirements places maximum responsibility upon the student to select a course of study most compatible with their future goals. For example, PSYC 370 - Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences is helpful for many upper-level courses and is required for admission into many graduate schools. PSYC 370 - Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences is a prerequisite or corequisite for PSYC 451 - Senior Research (fall) and PSYC 452 - Senior Research (spring).  Students contemplating graduate school are strongly encouraged to become involved in research activities in the department (e.g., Directed Study, Independent Study, Senior Research, Research Assistant, Denison Summer Science Scholars). Students interested in the intersection of biology and behavior may be attracted to the Neuroscience Concentration. Students interested in the application of psychology to organizations and businesses may be drawn to the Organizational Studies (OS) Program. All students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors in developing an appropriate set of career steps and program of courses in the major.

Requirements for the B.S. in Psychology

The B.S. degree in Psychology requires the completion of eleven courses in Psychology and four cognate courses from the Natural Sciences Division departments outside Psychology (excluding Astronomy and Neuroscience); Environmental Studies is not in the Natural Sciences Division. Required courses for the B.S. include the following:

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology (Please see notes under the B.A. degree regardingAP Credit and Transfer Credit.)
PSYC 200Research Methods and Statistics
Three Psychological Topical Course Plus Research Course Combiations (Fulfill a Total of 6 Courses)
NOTE: PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for any research course.
Research courses must be taken concurrently with their accompanying topical courses. The first topical/research course combination must be at the 200-level; the second and third topical/research course combinations must be at the 300-level. Specific courses that fulfill the topical/research course combinations are listed under the B.A. degree.
One 300-level Psychology Seminar Course:
PSYC 300Seminars
or PSYC 301 Seminar: Psychology of Women
One 200-level PSYC Research Course is a prerequisite for all PSYC seminar courses.
PSYC seminars are open to students in their junior and senior years only.
PSYC 370Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for this course. This course is typically offered only in the fall semester.)
PSYC 401Assessment Exam
This zero-credit course is used to track each Psychology major's completion of the required departmental assessment exam. This course is required for students matriculating in and after fall 2019. It is optional for all other majors.
PSYC 410History and Systems of Psychology (This course is open to students in the junior or senior year only.)
  • Four Cognate Courses in the Natural Sciences Division (Outside of PSYC)
    • This requirement may be fulfilled by taking two courses from two different departments or by taking all four courses from a single department.
    • Each of the four courses must be courses that meet the requirements for the major in that department. For purposes of the Psychology B.S. cognate requirements, Computer Science and Mathematics courses are considered as being from different departments.
    • Courses offered by disciplines without a major (e.g., Astronomy or Neuroscience) do not meet this cognate requirement. Courses from Environmental Studies and other Departments/Programs outside the Natural Sciences Division do not meet this cognate requirement.
    • Other details about the Psychology B.S. degree requirements appear in the B.A. Major sections above.

Psychology Minor

Students with a major in another department will find a minor in psychology to be a significant contribution to their education. To best complement the major area of study, students should carefully select those psychology courses that have the most direct relevance to that major. These choices should be made in consultation with a member of the psychology faculty.

A minor in psychology requires the completion of seven courses in Psychology. Required courses for the minor include the following:

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology
Please see the notes under the B.A. degree regarding Transfer Courses and PSYC 199 credit
PSYC 200Research Methods and Statistics
One 200-level Psychology Topical Course Plus Research Course Combination (fulfills a total of 2 courses)
PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for any research course.
Research courses must be taken concurrently with their accompanying topical courses. Specific courses that fulfill the 200-level topical/research course combination are listed under the B.A. degree.
Three Psychology Elective Courses
These 3 courses must be chosen from Psychology course offerings at the 200, 300, or 400- level. PSYC 100 or PSYC 199 credit is usually the only prerequisite for PSYC elective courses.
The following do NOT count toward the elective courses required for the minor:
PSYC 202Field Experience in Psychology
PSYC 361Directed Study
PSYC 362Directed Study
PSYC 451Senior Research
PSYC 363Independent Study
PSYC 364Independent Study
PSYC 452Senior Research
Please see the notes under B.A. degree regarding Transfer Courses and PSYC 199 credit

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