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Psychology

Psychology encompasses a range of phenomena and levels of analysis in pursuit of three goals: to deepen understanding of cognitive and neural mechanisms of sensation, perception, learning, and emotion; to probe the biological and evolutionary foundations of animal behavior; and to clarify the social perception and assessment of individuals and groups. The concentration offers an array of course options, including study in quantitative methods, laboratory techniques, and senior seminars on specialized topics. Students take upper-level courses in the field’s major sub-disciplines, including perception and cognition, behavioral neuroscience, and social psychology. The concentration in Psychology prepares students for careers in clinical psychology, business, policy-related research positions, law, and education. 

The A.B. concentration requires 12 courses.  The Sc.B concentration additionally requires 1 laboratory course and 4 approved science courses, totaling to a total of 17 required courses. 

Common Core

The introductory course, “CLPS 0010 Mind, Brain, and Behavior,” surveys the broad territory of the scientific study of the mind, as uniquely represented by our department.  The course maps the breadth of the science of the mind, focusing on fascinating questions, garnered insights, common commitments, and successful techniques and approaches. The course could be taken by students interested in the CLPS concentrations or as an introduction at the beginning of one’s college career or as an integration after having completed a number of specialized courses in a particular concentration.

Careers in Psychology and related fields requires familiarity with statistics.  Therefore, the Psychology concentration requires a course in Quantitative Methods (CLPS 0900).  CLPS 0900 is a prerequisite for most of the laboratory courses, so concentrators should plan to take this course by their fourth semester.  The department does not grant concentration credit of AP Statistics, regardless of score.  Students who feel that CLPS 0900 is too elementary can complete an approved alternative course (e.g.,APMA 1650,CLPS 2906).

Foundation

To provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge in their area of concentration and to minimize redundancy, the Psychology concentration requires four foundation courses in Social/Personality, Perception/Cognition, Development, and Learning/Animal Behavior/Behavioral Neuroscience.

Electives

Each concentrator will take four additional courses that allow the student to go into depth in some of the relevant topics.  These electives must include at least two courses in one of the four foundation topics (i.e., Social/Personality, Perception/Cognition, Development, and Learning/Animal Behavior/Behavioral Neuroscience).  The courses designed to count as electives will often have foundation courses as prerequisites and may include laboratory courses, content courses, or seminars.

Research Methods and Capstone

Another element in the Psychology concentration is a research methods course that builds on the introductory statistics course (which will be a prerequisite) but exposes students to a variety of topics in research of the mind: to empirical methods (e.g., surveys, chronometry, eye tracking, brain imaging), to common designs (e.g., factorial experimental, correlational, longitudinal), to research ethics, and to best practices of literature review.  Concentrators will additionally take either a seminar course or an independent research course to serve as their capstone experience.

Additional requirements for Sc.B.

In line with university expectations, the Sc.B. requirements include a greater number of courses and especially science courses. The definition of “science” is flexible.  A good number of these courses will be outside of CLPS, but several CLPS courses might fit into a coherent package as well.  In addition, the Sc.B. degree also requires a lab course to provide these students with in-depth exposure to research methods in a particular area of the science of the mind.  

Honors Requirement

The Research Methods course will serve as a requirement for admission to the Honors program in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology.  Previously, any lab course served as this requirement.  This practice not only demanded a large number of lab courses as part of the CLPS curriculum but also suffered from frequent mismatches between the type of research the student wished to pursue and the type of lab course available in the relevant semesters.  A more general research methods course is likely to prepare students better and more broadly than any single lab course can.

FOR DETAILED UPDATES, PLEASE REFER TO THE COGNITIVE, LINGUISTIC, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES (CLPS) UNDERGRADUATE PAGE.

Requirements for the A.B. degree

STANDARD PROGRAM FOR THE A.B. DEGREE 1
CLPS 0010Mind, Brain, and Behavior1
CLPS 0900Statistical Methods1
One approved course in Social/Personality, such as:1
Social Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
One approved course in Perception/Cognition:1
Human Cognition
Making Decisions
Perception and Mind
One approved course in Development, such as:1
Developmental Psychology
Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development
One approved course in Learning/Animal Behavior/Behavioral Neuroscience, such as:1
Learning and Conditioning
Animal Behavior
Four Approved Electives related to Psychology, such as:4
Evolutionary Biology
Animal Cognition
Memory and the Brain
Thinking
Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Perception and Action
Auditory Perception Laboratory
Cognitive Development
Child Language Acquisition
Human Resilience
Psychology in Business and Economics
Language and the Brain
Emotion, Cognition, Education
Philosophy of Mind
One Independent Study or Approved Seminar, such as:1
The Neural Bases of Cognition
Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Cognitive Control Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex
Mechanisms of Motivated Decision Making
Affective Neuroscience
Visually-Guided Action and Cognitive Processes
Thinking about the Social World
CLPS 1783
Nudge: Social Psychology for Social Change
CLPS 1900Research Design and Methods1
Total Credits12

Requirements Specific for the Sc.B. degree

STANDARD PROGRAM FOR THE Sc.B. DEGREE 1
CLPS 0010Mind, Brain, and Behavior1
CLPS 0900Statistical Methods1
One approved course in Social/Personality, such as:1
Social Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
One approved course in Perception/Cognition, such as:1
Human Cognition
Making Decisions
Perception and Mind
One approved course in Development, such as:1
Developmental Psychology
Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development
One approved course in Learning/Animal Behavior/Behavioral Neuroscience, such as:1
Learning and Conditioning
Animal Behavior
Four Approved Electives, such as:4
Evolutionary Biology
Animal Cognition
Memory and the Brain
Thinking
Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Perception and Action
Auditory Perception Laboratory
Child Language Acquisition
Human Resilience
Psychology in Business and Economics
Language and the Brain
Emotion, Cognition, Education
Philosophy of Mind
One Independent Study or Approved Seminar, such as:1
The Neural Bases of Cognition
Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Cognitive Control Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex
Mechanisms of Motivated Decision Making
Affective Neuroscience
Visually-Guided Action and Cognitive Processes
Thinking about the Social World
CLPS 1783
Nudge: Social Psychology for Social Change
CLPS 1900Research Design and Methods1
One Approved Laboratory Course, such as:1
Canine Behavior
Animal Behavior Laboratory
Laboratory in Genes and Behavior
Laboratory in Cognitive Processes
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Theory and Practice
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Auditory Perception Laboratory
Visualizing Vision
Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
Laboratory in Social Cognition
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Four Approved Science Courses, such as:4
The Foundation of Living Systems
Principles of Physiology
Organic Chemistry
Computer Vision
CSCI 1950F
Introduction to Machine Learning
Neuroengineering
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Neural Systems
Introduction to Neurogenetics
Basic Physics
Total Credits17
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 For the current list of approved courses in all categories, see the CLPS Psychology page.