University of Vermont

The 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 Bachelor 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 natural 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.

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

All of these
  • PSYS 001 Introduction to Psychological Science (3 credits)
  • 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 (Biobehavioral)
  • 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 Advanced Behavior Change (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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