Major and Minor Requirements

(New Requirements as of January 2014)

For a list of courses with descriptions offered in the psychology department and more details about the major and minor, please visit the University Catalog

(The current catalog does not yet reflect the 2014 requirements.)

Requirements for the Psychology Major

The department wants students who graduate from St. Lawrence with a degree in psychology to have a comprehensive background in the discipline's various subfields.

A major in psychology must complete 8.5 units of psychology courses and STAT 113.

Required courses for the major are

  • PSYC 100 or 101 (Introductory Psychology)
  • PSYC 205 (Research Methods)
  • STAT 113 (Applied Statistics) [For double majors in Psychology and Economics, ECON 200 can substitute for Stat 113]

and six additional psychology courses, with

  • At least one course from each distribution theme (Biological/Evolutionary, Social/Cognitive, and Applied);
  • At least one seminar or independent project; and
  • At least two lab courses: one from the Biological/Evolutionary theme, and one from either the Social/Cognitive or the Applied theme.

For a list of courses currently taught on a regular basis, with their distribution theme and lab/seminar designation, please visit the distribution theme page.

Requirements for the Psychology Minor

A minor must complete at least 6.25 units of psychology and STAT 113 (Applied Statistics).

Required courses for the minor include

  • PSYC 100 or 101 (Introductory Psychology)
  • PSYC 205 (Research Methods)
  • STAT 113 (Applied Statistics) [For majors in Economics, ECON 200 can substitute for STAT 113]

and four additional psychology courses, with

  • At least one course from each distribution theme (Biological/Evolutionary, Social/Cognitive, and Applied);
  • At least one seminar or independent project; and
  • At least one lab course from one of the distribution themes.

Neuroscience Major Requirements

The departments of biology and psychology have collaborated to create a dual-track major in Neuroscience.  Students may elect a cellular track or a behavioral track.

Environmental Studies-Psychology Combined Major Requirements

Environmental Studies has created combined majors, including one with psychology, allowing students to integrate substantial efforts in traditional disciplines with environmental studies. These majors are designed for students who wish to acquire expertise in another department while still benefiting from the integrative approaches of environmental studies.