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Psychology Major - Bachelor of Arts
The psychology major provides students with a broad education, while also allowing some specialization. The program exposes students to the scientific study of behavior and encourages an increased understanding of the behavior of humans and animals. Students who wish to declare psychology as a major after enrolling in the University should consult with the department's academic counselor for application procedures and criteria.
These requirements apply to students admitted to UNH Fall 2005 and later. See the department for students admitted to UNH prior to Fall 2005.
Core Courses (3 courses/12 credits):
|PSYC 401||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|PSYC 502||Research Methods||4|
*PSYC 402 Statistics may be applied to the QR Discovery or to the major, but not both. Students who use Psychology 402 for QR must take an extra four-credit psychology major course.
Breadth Courses (500-Level) (4 courses/16 credits):
PSYC 511 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 512 Psychology of Primates
PSYC 513 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 521 Behavior Analysis
PSYC 531 Psychobiology
Depth Courses (700-Level) (4 courses/16 credits):
- PSYC 793 – Internship: This will count towards fulfilling the capstone and a group II 700 level psychology course. By taking PSYC 793, the capstone will be considered fulfilled.
- PSYC 795 – Independent Study: Students can designate a 4 credit independent study as their capstone experience. The capstone designation form must be filled out and students will be registered for PSYC 798: Capstone, a 0 credit course to reflect the capstone experience is fulfilled. This can count towards the capstone and as a 402 replacement course.
- PSYC 797/799 – Honors: By completeing Honors in major, the capstone will be considered fulfilled.
- One 700 level course designated as capstone (see guidelines below): A capstone designated 700 level course will count towards fulfilling the capstone and a 700 level course. The capstone designation form must be filled out and students will be registered for PSYC 798: Capstone, a 0 credit course to reflect the capstone experience is fulfilled.
Guidelines for Capstone Credit
You may take any 700 level Psychology course in your senior year for Capstone credit.
- At the beginning of the semester, ask your professor about the possibility of taking the course for Capstone credit. Remember that your professor is not obligated to designate a course for Capstone credit. Please be respectful in approaching your professor, and if the answer is no, please accept this decision.
- Meet and discuss with your professor what you will be doing to constitute your Capstone experience. In some cases, it will be an extra assignment; in others it will involve the expansion of existing class work. Your professor will use his/her professional discretion to determine what constitutes as your Capstone experience.
- Fill out the Capstone Designation Form (found in the Psychology office); both you and your professor will need to sign it. Submit the form to the Psychology Department Office.
- The Psychology Department will register you for PSYC 798: Capstone, a 0 credit course so that it reflects on your degree evaluation.
Notes: All Years
Most offerings have one or more prerequisite courses. Students (with the help of their advisers) are expected to select breadth courses that will later enable them to select depth courses appropriate to their interests and career goals. Specific course selections should be discussed with advisers. Exceptions to the requirements for the major are very rare and require a petition to the department.
Psychology majors planning to go on to graduate study in psychology are advised to include PSYC 702 and/or 705 among their courses.
Transfer Students: All Years
Transfer students who elect to major in psychology must complete at least 24 credits in the program at UNH to qualify for the degree in psychology. Transfer students must earn a total of 44 approved credits for completion of the psychology major. The distribution of these credits will be determined by the department's academic counselor. Transfer students should note that courses are allotted only the number of credits granted by the original institution (after adjustments for semester-hour equivalents). Thus, students transferring from an institution at which courses carry less than 4 credits each must make up for any credit deficit created by acceptance of transfer credits into the psychology major.
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