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
  • PSYC 001  General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 104  Learning, Cognition and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 109  Principles of Psychological Methodology and Research (Fall only, 3 credits)
  • PSYC 110  Principles of Psychological Methodology and Research (Spring only, 4 credits)
  • PSYC 121  Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 130  Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 152  Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 161  Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 credits)

Three Courses TOTAL from at least two of the following categories

Category A
  • PSYC 205  Learning (3 credits)
  • PSYC 206  Motivation (3 credits)
  • PSYC 207  Thinking (3 credits)
  • PSYC 215  Cognition and Aging (3 credits)
  • PSYC 220  Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 221  Physiological Psychology I (4 credits)
  • PSYC 222  Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSYC 223  Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 224  Hormones and Behavior (3 credits)
Category B
  • PSYC 230  Advanced Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 233  Experience & Creativity (3 credits)
  • PSYC 236  Theories of Human Communication (3 credits)
  • PSYC 237  Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)
  • PSYC 240  Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 241  Organizational Psychology: Global, Cultural, and Local Forces (3 credits)
  • PSYC 261  Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 262  Social Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 265  Infant Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 266  Communication & Children (3 credits)
  • PSYC 267  Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYC 268  Psychology of Adult Development & Aging (3 credits)
Category C
  • PSYC 250  Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 251  Behavior Disorders of Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYC 255  Introduction to Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 269  Cross-Cultural Psychology: A Clinical Perspective (3 credits)

Additional Credits

Nine (9) additional psychology credits at or above the 100 level (can include Independent Study 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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