Psychology 100

For Fall 2015, Psych 100 will be taught in 3 separate sections of about 40-50 students each.  Each section covers approximately the same material but the courses are taught independently and meet on their own schedule.  There will be some space for first-year students in Section 1 (led by Professor Baird) and Section 2 (Professor Clemans), hoever Section 3 is presently closed (Professor Sanderson).  First-years will be given preference for the remaining spaces in the open sections.  However, not all first-years who want to take introductory psychology this Fall will be able to do so.

For Spring 2016, Psych 100 will be taught in 2, possibly 3, separate sections of about 40-50 students each.  First-year students will be given preference for all spaces in all of these sections, and we expect that all first-year students who are interested will be able to have a space.  

Placing Out of Psychology 100

You MAY NOT enroll in Psych 100 if you:

  • scored a 4 or 5 on the Psychology Advanced Placement exam,
  • scored 6 or better on the Psychology International Baccalaureate exam, or
  • completed an introductory psychology course at another college or university. 

We will check enrollments after pre-registration and will drop any students who meet any of these criteria, so please do no try to ‘sneak' into the course. You would be much better served to use your registration space for a class that you will be allowed to take.  First-year students who place out of Psych 100 should take an intermediate (200-level) course.  For Fall 2015, the following courses currently have space for first-years who place out of Psych 100:  Social Psychology (220), Personality (221), Developmental Psychology (227), Memory (234), and Psychology of Gender (256).

Please email any questions that you have about these policies/recommendations to the Department Chair, Professor J.P. Baird.

Information for First-Year Advisors 

Dear First-Year Advisors,

We are writing to provide you with important information about enrollment for first-year students into Psychology 100
.  In the Fall, Psych 100 will be taught in 3 separate sections of 40 students each.  Each section covers approximately the same material but the courses are taught independently and meet on their own schedule.  There is some space remaining for first-year students in Sections 1 and 2 (led by Professors Baird and Clemans) however Section 3 (Sanderson) is closed. Be that as it may, not all first-years who want to take introductory psychology this fall will be able to do so. 

To ensure that first-year students are not penalized by trying to enroll in Intro to Psychology but failing to gain a space due to limited enrollment, the department will use the following procedure this fall:

  • All students interested in taking Intro to Psychology should request permission via ACDATA from the instructor (and this permission can be to either or both instructors, depending on which sections are possible for the student’s schedule). 
  • On Wednesday, September 2nd, instructors will determine which students will be given a space in their section, and permission will be approved for these students.  Other students who have requested permission will be placed on a wait list, and will be notified if space opens up. 
  • Students who have received permission need to attend class on the first day, or they will be removed from the course enrollment list.  Students who are on the wait list do NOT need to attend class the first day if they are shopping other classes, but they are encouraged to come if possible. Attendance on the first day will not determine whether students on the wait list will be granted a space. 
  • If space opens up prior to the first day of class, or in the first week of class, instructors will contact students on the wait list and grant additional permissions.

In the spring of 2016, Psych 100 will be taught in 2 or 3 separate sections (40 students in each).  First-years will be given preference for all spaces in all sections, and we expect that all first-year students who are interested will be able to have a space. 

It is also very important to make sure that Psych 100 is the right placement before registering a student for this class.  Students may NOT enroll in Psych 100 if they:

  • scored a 4 or 5 on the Psychology Advanced Placement exam,
  • scored 6 or better on the Psychology International Baccalaureate exam, or
  • completed an introductory psychology course at another college or university. 

We will check enrollments after pre-registration and will drop any students who meet any of these criteria, so students will be much better served to sign up for an intermediate level class.  For Fall 2015, the following courses currently have space for first-years:  Social Psychology (220), Personality (221), Developmental Psychology (227), Memory (234), and Psychology of Gender (256).

Please email any questions that you have about these policies/procedures to the Department Chair, Professor JP Baird.

Psychology 100 for Advisers - August 2015

 Psychology 100 for advisers-August 2015.docx