Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Psychological Science, Minor (440)

Program Requirements (22 hours)

The minor in Psychological Science provides graduates with a broad overview of the discipline as well as exposure to the foundations of the discipline. The Psychological Science minor focuses students on becoming more engaged and critical consumers of the science underlying psychology through courses informed by current research and practice in the scientific student of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavioral problems. This minor might appeal to students who are in a pre-professional track (e.g., pre-med) or to students majoring in disciplines where psychological science can inform research and practice (e.g., biology, computer science, philosophy, religious studies, nursing, communication disorders, management, etc.).

Required Courses
PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
or PSYS 160 Introduction to Biopsychology
PSYS 210
PSYS 211
Research Methods in Psychology
and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Individual Differences and Social Processes (Category A)
PSYS 350Social Psychology3
or PSYS 440 Abnormal Psychology
Learning, Cognition, and Biopsychology (Category B)
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Human and Animal Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
Sensory and Perceptual Systems
Developmental Processes (Category C)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Child Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adult Life and Aging
Additional Upper-level Courses 1
Select six additional upper-level credit hours of PSYS courses 26
Total Hours22

The six additional upper-level credit hours of PSYS courses can include the above restricted elective courses that were not taken to meet the other requirements or any other upper-level PSYS hours. These hours can include no more than 3 credit hours of PSYS 490.


PSYS 300 can be taken to satisfy 3 of the 6 credit hours for these upper-level electives.