Psychology Major

Major requirements (for students declaring a psychology major before 2013)

To major in psychology the student must complete a minimum of 34 hours that include:

  1. PSY 104: Principles of Psychology (with a grade of C or better).
  2. PSY 205: Quantitative Methods (with a grade of C or better).
  3. PSY 206: Experimental Psychology
  4. A minimum of one course from each of the following categories. (Only Jr.-Sr. classes may be transferred from other institutions as category requirements).
      • Category A: Social & Cognitive Bases
        • PSY 304 Developmental Psychology
        • PSY 307 Cognitive Psychology
        • PSY 308 Social Psychology
      • Category B: Biological Bases
        • PSY 302 Psychology of Learning
        • PSY 403 Physiological Psychology
        • PSY 404 Sensation and Perception
      • Category C: Applications
        • PSY 310 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
        • PSY 320 Human Factors
        • PSY 335 Health Psychology
        • PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology
      • Category D: Quantitative and Integrative
        • PSY 411 Tests and Measurements
        • PSY 415 Intermediate Statistics
        • PSY 439 History of Psychology
        • PSY 452 Personality Theories and Theorists
  5. Three semester hours of BIO 101, BIO 102, or BIO 200.
  6. Nine additional semester hours (3 courses) from any of the psychology course offerings (including those listed under item 4 above) except only 6 hours of individual study courses (PSY 381, 382, 481, 491) will count toward the major.
  7. Completion of Department of Psychology senior exit exam within the final semester at Bradley as an undergraduate.

Major requirements (for students declaring a psychology major beginning in 2013)

To major in psychology the student must complete a minimum of 34 hours that include:

1. Foundation

  • Content:
    • PSY 101  Principles of Psychology (with a grade of C or better) 
    • PSY 201  Brain and Behavior
  • Methodological:
    • PSY 205  Quantitative Methods (with a grade of C or better)
    • PSY 206  Experimental Psychology

2. Core Distribution

Three courses total: At least one course from Category A and at least one course from Category B.  PSY 206 is a prerequisite for all.

  • Category A: 
    • PSY 350  Developmental Psychology (formerly PSY 304)
    • PSY 352  Personality Psychology
    • PSY 354  Social Psychology (formerly PSY 308)
    • PSY 356  Abnormal Psychology (formerly PSY 345)
  • Category B: 
    • PSY 360  Psychology of Learning (formerly PSY 302)
    • PSY 362  Cognitive Psychology (formerly PSY 307)
    • PSY 364  Behavioral Neuroscience (formerly PSY 403)
    • PSY 366  Sensation & Perception (formerly PSY 404) 

3.  Breadth: Electives

Nine additional semester hours from any of the psychology course offerings

  • Exceptions:
    • A course used to satisfy another major requirement (Foundation, Core Distribution, and/or Advanced) cannot also be used to concurrently satisfy the elective requirement.
    • Only three hours of individual study courses (PSY 381, 382, 481, 491) will count toward satisfying the elective requirement.

4. Advanced

Any 400-level course (except PSY 481 and 491)

Note: 

Only Jr/Sr classes may be transferred from other institutions as Core Distribution or Advanced requirements.

Students must complete the Psychology Department senior exit exam within the final semester at Bradley as an undergraduate.