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Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology

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Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Students are strongly urged to apply to the major as soon as they meet the requirements. Students may major in cognitive psychology if, at the time they apply, they meet these criteria:

  1. Have satisfactorily completed PSYC 102.
  2. Have completed PSYC 104/PSYC 105 and PSYC 200/PSYC 201 or PSYC 210/PSYC 211.
  3. Have completed the core psychology course specific to the cognitive psychology major: PSYC 370/PSYC 371 or PSYC 380/PSYC 381.
  4. Have a grade-point average of at least 2.5 based on grades in PSYC 104, PSYC 200/PSYC 201, and/or PSYC 210/PSYC 211, and the cognitive psychology core course(s). PSYC 102 is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory and not computed in the grade-point average.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which admission requirements will be completed. If a student does not meet admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and course requirements) and the final deadline for admission.

The undergraduate advisory committee evaluates applications. Students providing documentation of meeting the criteria are admitted when they apply. Faculty members are aware of the dangers associated with relying solely on grade-point average in selecting students. The department is committed to promoting cultural diversity in its programs, and the undergraduate advisory committee is guided by principles of affirmative action.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

B.S. in Cognitive Psychology

Nonpsychology General Education Courses

A total of 84 hours with classes in these 4 areas and additional electives:

Humanities 24 hours
Natural Sciences 14 hours minimum

2 of the following 4 sequences, an extension of 1, or an approved alternative.

Mathematics 12 hours minimum

6 hours must be calculus or calculus based.

Computing 6 hours minimum
  • EECS 138 Introduction to Computing: _____ (3)
  • The second 3 hours could either be a second semester of EECS 138 (focused on a second programming language) or be from an additional approved course that provides an opportunity to gain computing experience. This second course could be PSYC 480 or PSYC 481 if this Independent Study requires independent, original application of the student’s computing skills such as computer simulation of cognitive processes, or experience with computationally complex neuroscience techniques, such as brain imaging and mapping, or physiological data collection and analysis. (3)

Cognitive Psychology

Required Psychology Courses. A total of at least 40 hours with classes in these four areas (28 hours),and additional junior/senior-level psychology electives or approved neuroscience-related courses (12 hours).

Cognitive Psychology Courses 6 hours total
Laboratory Courses 9 hours total
  • PSYC 200/PSYC 201 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 625 Experimental Psychology: Methods in Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology (6)
Quantitative Courses 9 hours minimum
  • PSYC 210/PSYC 211 Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
  • PSYC 500 Intermediate Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
  • PSYC 650 Statistical Methods in Behavioral and Social Science Research I (4)
  • PSYC 651 Anova and Other Factorial Designs (4)
  • PSYC 679 Applied Nonparametric Statistical Methods (4)
  • PSYC 687 Factor Analysis (4)
  • PSYC 692 Test Theory (4)
  • PSYC 693 Multivariate Analysis (4)
  • PSYC 694 Multilevel Modeling I (4)
  • PSYC 695 Categorical Data Analysis (4)
  • PSYC 696 Structural Equation Modeling I (4)
Applied Research Experience 4 hours minimum
Elective Courses in Psychology or Other Disciplines 12 hours minimum

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