Major in Psychology 2013-2014

The Psychology department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Psychology department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and a minimum of 31 credit hours of course work in Psychology, but not more than 45, of which at least 18 credit hours must be in upper-division courses (3000-level or above). All courses must be passed with a C- or better.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 upper-division hours of Psychology course work on the Boulder campus with a C- or better. Of those 12 hours, one laboratory and methods course and either PSYC 3102 or PSYC 3313 must be included.

The department recommends taking PSYC 1001, 2012, 2145, and 2606 by the end of the sophomore year. PSYC 3101 should be taken by the end of the junior year. Additional explanatory notes are available in the department advising office, Muenzinger D243.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • PSYC 1001 (4) General Psychology
  • PSY 101 (3) and 102 (3) General Psychology I and II
  • Note: Students must take both PSY 101 and PSY 102 in order to receive equivalent credit for PSYC 1001, Students who take either PSY 101 or PSY 102 will receive elective credit only. However, if a student declares Psychology as their major at CU Boulder, and has only taken PSY 101 or PSY 102, they will be required to take PSYC 1001 at CU Boulder and will lose the 3 credit hours received for PSY 101 or PSY 102.

  • PSYC 2012 (3) Biological Psychology
  • PSYC 2145 (3) Introductory Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 2606 (3) Social Psychology
  • PSY 226 (3) Social Psychology

Note: The Psychology department recommends students take the above courses by the end of their sophomore year.

  • PSYC 3101 (4) Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology

One of the following:

  • PSYC 3102 (3) Behavioral Genetics
  • PSYC 3313 (4) Psychopathology
  • PSY 4303 (4) Abnormal Psychology

At least one course from the following upper division laboratory and methods courses:

  • PSYC 3001 (4) Honors Research Methods Seminar
  • PSYC/NRSC 4052 (4) Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 4136 (4) Human Judgment and Decision-Making Lab
  • PSYC 4145 (4) Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC/NRSC 4155 (4) Cognitive Neuroscience/ Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 4165 (4) Psychology of Perception
  • PSYC 4175 (4) Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 4376 (4) Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 4443 (4) Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 4733 (4) Psychological Testing and Assessment

Additional electives to bring total hours in psychology to at least 31 credit hours, but not more than 45, of which 18 must be upper division.

  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 215 (3) Psychology of Adjustment
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 205 (3) Psychology of Gender
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 227 (3) Psychology of Death and Dying
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 235 (3) Human Growth and Development
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 238 (3) Child Development
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 239 (3) Adolescent and Adult Psychology
  • Lower-division elective
  • PSY 249 (3) Abnormal Psychology

NOTE: It is recommended that students take the Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology course at CU Boulder. These are upper division courses at CU Boulder.

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students must complete one of the following natural science sequences with a grade of C- or better:

  • CHEM 1011 (3) Environmental Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1031 (4) Environmental Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 1051 (4) Introduction to Chemistry and
  • CHEM 1071 (4) Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHE 101 (5) Introduction to Chemistry I
  • CHE 102 (5) Introduction to Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1113 (5) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1071 (4) Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHE 102 (5) Introduction to Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1113 (5) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1133 (5) General Chemistry 2
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHE 112 (5) General College Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 1251 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chem/Biochem Majors and
  • CHEM 1271 (5) General Chemistry 2 for Chem/Biochem Majors
  • EBIO 1210 (3) General Biology 1 and
  • EBIO 1220 (3) General Biology 2
  • Note: Students who complete BIO 111 will receive credit for both EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1230 (1) General Biology Lab 1. Students who complete BIO 112 will receive credit for both EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1240 (1) General Biology Lab 2.

  • BIO 111 (5) General College Biology I
  • BIO 112 (5) General College Biology II
  • MATH 1300 (5) Analytical Geometry & Calculus 1 and
  • MATH 2300 (5) Analytical Geometry & Calculus 2
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I
  • MAT 202 (5) Calculus II
  • MCDB 1150 (3) Introduction to MCD Biology 1 and
  • MCDB 2150 (3) Principles of Genetics
  • Note: Students who complete BIO 211 will receive credit for both MCDB 1150 and MCDB 1151 (1) Intro to MCDB Lab.

  • BIO 211 (4-5) Cell Biology
  • MCDB 1150 (3) Introduction to MCD Biology 1 and
  • EBIO 1220 (3) General Biology 2

Note: Students who complete BIO 211 will receive credit for both MCDB 1150 and BCDB 1151 (1) Intro to MCDB Lab. Students who complete BIO 112 will receive credit for both EBIO 1120 (3) and EBIO 1240 (1) General Biology lab 2.

  • BIO 211 (4-5) Cell Biology
  • BIO 112 (5) General College Biology II
  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics 1 and
  • PHYS 1120 (4) General Physics 2 (for science and engineering majors only)

Note: Students who complete PHY 212 will receive credit for both PHYS 1120 and PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1.

  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based I with Lab
  • PHY 212 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based II with Lab
  • PHYS 2010 (5) General Physics 1 and
  • PHYS 2020 (5) General Physics 2
  • PHY 111 (5) Physics: Algebra-Based I with Lab
  • PHY 112 (5) Physics: Algebra-Based II with Lab