University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychological Science

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Preparation for a particular career comes with the courses you choose to take, not the degree that you earn. For example, students routinely enter medical school having earned a B.A. degree and having taken courses in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Similarly, students frequently earn a B.S. degree having also taken a large number of courses in the social sciences or humanities.

The Department of Psychological Science offers both a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree. Which degree you should pursue depends on your specific interests and whether you are more comfortable with arts, humanities, social sciences, and languages or with physical sciences and mathematics.

Use the Sample Course Plan to Complete a Psychological Science B.S. to help guide your course selection over all four undergraduate years.

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Note that you MUST fulfill both the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the specific requirements of the B.S. in Psychological Science. Students opting for a B.S. degree in Psychological Science MAY NOT use psychological science courses to fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences social sciences distribution requirement.

Requirements for the B.S. in Psychological Science (minimum 63 credits)

All of these
  • PSYS 001  Introduction to Psychological Science (3 credits)
  • PSYS 005  Introduction to the Major in Psychological Science (1 credit)
  • PSYS 053  Research Methods (Fall only, 3 credits)
  • PSYS 054  Statistics for Psychological Science (Spring only, 4 credits)
  • PSYS 111  Learning, Cognition and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYS 115  Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 130  Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 150  Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYS 170  Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Three Courses TOTAL from at least two of the following categories

Category A (Biobehavuioral)
  • PSYS 211  Learning (3 credits)
  • PSYS 212  Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSYS 213  Motivation (3 credits)
  • PSYS 215  Physiological Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYS 216  Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 217  Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYS 219  Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
Category B (Social and Developmental)
  • PSYS 230  Advanced Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 232  Self and Social Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSYS 240  Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 252  Emotional Development & Temperament(3 credits)
  • PSYS 253  Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • PSYS 254  Social Development (3 credits)
  • PSYS 255  Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
  • PSYS 256  Infant Development (3 credits)
  • PSYS 257  Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYS 258  Psychology of Adult Development & Aging (3 credits)
  • PSYS 259  Psychology of Families (3 credits)
Category C (Clinical)
  • PSYS 270  Behavior Disorders of Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYS 271  Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 274  D1:Cross-Cultural Psychology: Clinical Perspectives (3 credits)
  • PSYS 276  D1:Cross-Cultural Psychology: Clinical Perspectives (3 credits)
  • PSYS 279  Advanced Behavior Change (3 credits)

Additional Credits

Nine (9) additional psychology credits at or above the 100 level (can include Supervised Research Experience 197 and 198)

Either of these
  • BIOL 001  Principles of Biology (4 credits) & BIOL 002  Principles of Biology (4 credits) or
  • BCOR 011  Exploring Biology (4 credits) & BCOR 012  Exploring Biology (4 credits)
Either of these
  • MATH 019  Fundamentals of Calculus I (3 credits) & MATH 020  Fundamentals of Calculus II (3 credits) or
  • MATH 021  Calculus I (3 credits) & MATH 022  Calculus II (3 credits)
One of these (each is 3 or 4 credits)

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