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Psyc 100 - Introduction to Psychology
Psyc 122 - Statistics and Experimental Design                                      
Psyc 123 - Research Methods
3 Distribution Courses
2 Seminars
9 total courses in Psychology

Psych 100: Students who either:

  • Scored a 4 or 5 on the Psychology Advanced Placement exam
  • Scored a 5 or better on the Psychology International Baccalaureate exam
  • Completed an introductory psychology course at another college or university

Students who 'place out' of Psych 100 must still complete 9 courses to complete the major but Psych 100 cannot be one of those 9 courses.  Psych 100 must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  Beginning with the class of 2018, students who wish to major in Psychology but did not receive a B- or better in Psych 100 can take a makeup examination and a passing grade on this exam will allow them to place out of this requirement. Students will not be allowed to major in Psychology if they fail to earn a grade of B- or better in Psych 100 and do not take or pass the Psych 100 makeup exam. The Psych 100 makeup exam may only be taken by students that received a C+ or lower in Psych 100 at Amherst.

Psych 122: Students must complete Psych 122 by the end of the sophomore year.  Students may complete this requirement in any of the following ways:

  • AP Statistics with a grade of 4 or 5
  • Statistics 111/135 or higher (AP credit you may place you out of Stats 111/135)
  • Economics 360
  • A statistics course at one of the other 5 Colleges

Students who 'place out' of Psych 122 must still complete 9 courses to complete the major but Psych 122 does not have to be one of those 9 courses.  Psych 122 must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Students will not be allowed to major in Psychology if they fail to earn a grade of B- or better in Psych 122 (or a substitute course above). There is currently no makeup exam for students that receive a C+ or lower in Psych 122.

Psych 123: Students must complete Psych 123 by the end of the junior year.

Distribution Courses 

*Must take at least one from each group

Biological

Cog / Developmental

Social/Personality/Clinical

Behavioral Neuroscience (212)    
Intro Neuroscience (226)
Developmental (227)
Cognitive (233)
Psychology of Aging (236)    
Social (220)
Personality (221)
Abnormal (228)

Advanced Seminars

*Must take two which cannot be from the same group

Biological

Clinical

Cognitive

Psychopharmacology (325)
Motivation (356)
Hormones & Behavior (359)

History of Psychiatry (357)
Psychopath (371)
Child/Adoles Psychopathology (364)

Music Cognition (366)
Autobiographical Mem (368)

Personality

Social

Developmental

Psychological Assessment (353)

Close Relationships (354)
Psychology and the Law (363)

Adolesence (332)
Non-Verbal Communication (362)
Social Development (364)

Electives

These courses may be taken to fulfill the requirement of 9 total classes in the major. Students may also fulfill the requirement of 9 total classes by completing additional seminars or distribution courses, or by completing an Honors Thesis

Food & Eating Disorders (217)

Memory (234)

Sports Psychology (235)

Psychobiography (238)

Psychology of Race (244)*
(omitted until 2015-2016)

Environmental Psychology (246)

Health Psychology (247)

Proseminar: Psychology of
Good and Evil (248)

 

Special Topics (397)

 Thesis (498/498D)