University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The General/Experimental Program

Minimum Course Requirements

The Ph.D. is a research degree, and students should keep this in mind during their time in the Genera/Experimental Psychology program.

The minimum requirements of the General/Experimental Psychology program are:

  • 30 credits of graded coursework
  • 15 credits of 391 – Master’s Thesis Research
  • 20 credits of 491 – Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • 25 additional credits, which may be graded, ungraded, or Doctoral Dissertation Research credits

Within these minimum requirements, each cluster has required courses:

Biobehavioral Cluster

  Courses
Required Graded Coursework 340 - Advanced Statistical Methods I
341 - Advanced Statistical Methods II
303 - Biobehavioral Proseminar (see note 1)
305 - Learning Theory
322 - Neurobiology of Learning, Memory, and Emotion
323 - Neuropsychopharmacology
3XX - Four electives (3 credits each)
Required Additional Credits 301 - Faculty Seminar (first semester; 0 credits)
382 - Advanced Professional/Research Seminar (“Biobehavioral Cluster”; 8 semesters of 1 credit/semester)

Additional Requirements:

  • Students will attend Biobehavioral Cluster meetings each semester for the entirety of their enrollment in the program
  • Students will be continuously involved in research, typically for 20 hours per week
  • It is expected that students will submit at least two papers to peer reviewed journals before receiving their Ph.D.

Developmental Cluster

  Courses
Required Graded Coursework 340 - Advanced Statistical Methods I
341 - Advanced Statistical Methods II
365 - Developmentalal Proseminar
303 or 330 - Biobehavioral (see note 1) or Social Proseminar
349 - Seminar in Psychological Research Methods
361 - Developmental Psychopathology
3XX - One additional advanced statistics course (e.g., 346 or 348)
3XX - Two additional Developmental seminar courses
3XX - One elective (3 credits)
Required Additional Credits 301 - Faculty Seminar (first semester; 0 credits)

Additional Requirements:

  • Students will attend Developmental Cluster meetings each semester for the entirety of their enrollment in the program
  • Students will be continuously involved in research, typically for 20 hours per week
  • Students will submit at least two first authored papers to peer reviewed journals before receiving their Ph.D.

Social Cluster

  Courses
Required Graded Coursework 340 - Advanced Statistical Methods I
341 - Advanced Statistical Methods II
330 - Social Proseminar
303 or 365 - Biobehavioral (see note 1) or Developmental Proseminar
3XX - One additional advanced statistics course (e.g., 346 or 348)
3XX - Two additional Social seminar courses
3XX - One elective (3 credits)
Required Additional Credits 301 - Faculty Seminar (first semester; 0 credits)

Additional Requirements:

  • Students will attend Social Cluster meetings each semester for the entirety of their enrollment in the program
  • Students will be continuously involved in research (plan on 20 hours per week)
  • Students will submit at least two papers to peer reviewed journals before receiving their Ph.D. At least one of them must be first authored by the student.

Teaching Requirement

Each student is required to obtain faculty-approved experience teaching in psychology. The minimum way to meet this requirement is through two weeks of guest lecturing, with faculty feedback on each lecture and development of exam questions or assignments related to the lectures. Please note that this is the minimal amount of teaching experience necessary to make it through the Ph.D. program. We strongly encourage you to seek out more opportunities to get even more experience. If you have questions about whether a particular teaching experience fulfills the requirement, please contact the General/Experimental director.

Notes

  • Prerequisite for Biobehavioral Seminars

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