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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Psychology Major


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Requirements for the Major


The major in psychology consists of nine upper-division courses, including a senior thesis. Upper-division psychology courses are those at Scripps above the 100 level and all those on other campuses requiring Introduction to Psychology as a prerequisite. PSYC052 SC  is prerequisite to all upper-division psychology courses. Students may petition the psychology faculty to fulfill this requirement by taking a suitable course elsewhere, by completion of a high school AP Psychology course and receiving a score of 4 or 5, or by special examination.

In addition to taking PSYC052 or an approved equivalent, Psychology majors will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in research methods and statistics by taking the following courses at Scripps:
  • Take at least six upper-division courses in Psychology. Within those six courses, the following requirements must be met:
    • Take at least one upper-division course in each of the following two areas:
      1. Human function in a social context including courses such as: human development, personality, abnormal, cultural, or social psychology.
      2. Basic processes including courses such as: cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, perception, psychopharmacology, learning, or physiological psychology.
    • At least two of the six upper-division courses must be taken at Scripps.
  • Complete one laboratory course in psychology in addition to PSYC104L (e.g. any course with an "L" appearing at the end of the course number, including, for example but not limited to, PSYC123L or PSYC168L.
  • Complete a senior thesis.

Ideally, electives will constitute a sequence carefully planned with the student's adviser. Students intending to pursue graduate studies in psychology are advised to select courses in mathematics, history and systems in psychology, and laboratory courses in psychology, biology, and physiology.

Honors Requirements


Outstanding senior psychology majors may be granted Honors in Psychology at graduation. To earn honors, students must have:

  • Earned a GPA of at least 11.0 (A-) in the major;
  • Cumulative GPA of 10.5;
  • Completed PSYC 143  or PSYC 144 ;
  • Presented an exceptional senior thesis earning a grade of A or A- on a 1- or 2-semester thesis;
  • Demonstrated breadth of study in psychology; and
  • Mentored research and/or teaching experience in psychology.

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