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B.A. Major Requirements

Coursework requirements for the Psychology Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major include a minimum of 36 credits of the following: Foundation Courses, Distribution Requirements, Psychology Electives, and Major Project.
(a.k.a "Blue Sheet")

PSY Foundation Courses

The following three courses constitute the foundation of the psychology major program and are required of all psychology majors:

  1. PSY 1001: Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent) (4 cr)
    This course is a prerequisite for all other PSY courses.

  2. PSY 3801: Intro to Psychological Measurement & Data Analysis (4 cr)
    (prereq:PSY 1001)This course should be completed by the end of sophomore year.

  3. PSY 3001W: Intro to Research Methods (4 cr)
    (prereq:PSY 3801) This course should be completed immediately following PSY 3801.

Distribution Requirements

Psychology courses are divided into the three categories listed below. You are required to take a specified number of courses within each of these areas in order to ensure a breadth of understanding across the discipline.

A.Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB) Areas

At least TWO of the following:
PSY 3011 - Introduction to Learning and Behavior (3 cr)
PSY 3031 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception (3 cr)
PSY 3051 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3061 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 4011 - Applied Behavioral Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 4012 - Behavior Analysis and Autism (3 cr)
PSY 4032 - Psychology of Music (3 cr)
PSY 4036
- Perceptual Issues in Visual Impairment (3 cr)
PSY 5012 - Learning and Cognition in Animals (4 cr)
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3 cr)
PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain (3 cr)
PSY 5018H - Mathematical Models of Human Behavior (3 cr)
PSY 5031W - Perception (3 cr)
PSY 5036W - Computational Vision (3 cr)
PSY 5037 - Psychology of Hearing (3 cr)
PSY 5038W - Introduction to Neural Networks (3 cr)
PSY 5051W - Psychology of Human-Machine Interaction (3 cr)
PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language (3 cr)
PSY 5062 - Cognitive Neuropsychology (3 cr)
PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI (3 cr)
PSY 5064 - Brain and Emotion (3 cr)
PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training (3 cr)

B. Clinical, Personality, and Social Areas

At least TWO of the following:
PSY 3101 - Introduction to Personality (3 cr) ORPSY 5101
PSY 3201
- Introduction to Social Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3301 - Introduction to Cultural Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3604 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3617 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3633 - Happiness: Integrating Research Across Psychological Sciences (3 cr)
PSY 3666 - Human Sexuality (3 cr)
PSY 5101 - Personality Psychology (3 cr) OR PSY 3101
PSY 5202 - Attitudes and Social Behavior (3 cr)
PSY 5204 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3 cr)
PSY 5205 - Applied Social Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 5206 - Social Psychology and Health Behavior (3 cr)
PSY 5207 - Personality and Social Behavior (3 cr)
CPSY 3301 - Introductory Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4 cr)
CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr)

C. Individual Differences, Quantitative, and Applied Areas

At least ONE of the following:
PSY 3121 - History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3135
- Introduction to Individual Differences (3 cr) OR PSY 5135
PSY 3511 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 3711 - Psychology in the Workplace (3 cr)
PSY 4501 - Psychology of Women (3 cr)
PSY 5135 - Psychology of Individual Differences (3 cr) OR PSY 3135
PSY 5136 - Human Abilities (3 cr)
PSY 5137 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics (3 cr)
PSY 5501 - Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 5707 - Personnel Psychology (4 cr)
PSY 5708 - Organizational Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 5862 - Psychological Measurement: Theory and Methods (3 cr)
PSY 5865 - Advanced Psychological and Educational Measurement (4 cr)

Psychology Electives

Electives from any PSY 3xxx, 4xxx, and 5xxx-level courses to satisfy the total credit requirement in the major. Choose from the courses listed in the Distribution Requirements above, with the additional option of a total of 9 credits of PSY 4993/5993 or 6 combined credits from the following:
PSY 3960/4960/5960- Special topics seminars, topics vary by term (1-5 cr)
PSY 3993 - Directed study, arranged with faculty mentor (1-6 cr)
PSY 3996/4996H - Fieldwork/Internship & academic experience in psych (1-6 cr)
PSY 4993/5993 - Assisting in research lab of faculty member (1-6 cr)

Psy 3901W, 3902W, or 3903W: Major Project in Psychology

Requirements vary by class section.

IMPORTANT PREPARATION FOR MAJOR PROJECT IN PSYCHOLOGY

Total Credits: 36 minimum


Major Requirement Policies:

  1. Completion of psychology major requirements includes a minimum of 36 credits. Students may request evaluation of non-psychology UMN courses with substantially similar content or transfer psychology courses for consideration of inclusion in the major program.

  2. Students completing a double major in another CLA department who choose to complete that department's major project must complete 36 total credits in psychology, using additional electives to replace credits that would have been earned through Psychology's major project.

  3. Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-level creditsin the major as UMN-TC credit.

  4. University of Minnesota- Twin Cities Uniform Policies:
    • All courses used to fulfill minimum major requirements must be completed A-F.
    • Students must receive a grade of C- or better for all courses in the major.

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