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Psychology Major Declaration

Psychology Departmental Approval
is required to declare a Psychology Major.

Why is signed approval required?

• To help Psychology Majors complete important initial requirements by the end of their junior year.

• To ensure that the number of majors does not exceed the capacity of the psychology curriculum.

How can I obtain department approval to declare a psychology major?

  1. Print and complete a Psychology Major Declaration Checklist showing all courses you PLAN to take as well as those in progress or already completed. Your Declaration Checklist must show that you will complete at least four psychology courses, including the first three requirements (1001, statistics, and a 1400-level research methods course) by the end of your junior year.
    1. PSYC W1001 The Science of Psychology
    2. PSYC W1610 Statistics for Behavioral Scientists or STAT 1001, 1111, or 1211
    3. PSYC W14xx Experimental Psych . . . One laboratory course on research methods
    4. One other psychology course (3 pts or more)

  2. Obtain a Psychology Dept. Signature on your Major Declaration Checklist and on your College or G.S. major declaration form. This signature can be from the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant, Paulo Ribeiro, or from your own Program Advisor (your "DUS").

    HOW? Two methods.

      Take a copy of your completed Major Declaration Checklist and your College or G.S. major declaration form to Paulo Ribeiro, the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant in 406 Schermerhorn, to obtain signed approval for your declaration of a Psychology Major.

    2. PROSPECTIVE MAJORS OPEN HOUSE on Feb. 24. 7:10 - 9:00 PM in 200B.
      Bring a copy of your completed Major Declaration Checklist and your College or G.S. major declaration form to the Open House for Prospective Majors. At the 8 PM break-out session in 200B your Program Advisor (DUS) and the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant will meet with you to review, sign, and make copies of both forms.

  • IMPORTANT! Paulo Ribeiro, the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant, must retain a signed copy of your Psychology Major Declaration Checklist in order for you to declare a Psychology Major.


Do I need department approval to declare a Neuroscience and Behavior major?

No. You may use the online major declaration system for the Neuroscience and Behavior Major.

How should I go about planning my psychology major prior to registration?

Start by carefully reading the description of the Psychology Major requirements. Then study the online InfoPack, beginning with Program Planning Tips. Here and on associated web pages you will find detailed information regarding course requirements, courses offered during the upcoming academic year, and other information regarding the major. Of particular relevance to new majors are the Psychology Honors Program and procedures for obtaining major credit for transfer courses.

Once you've familiarized yourself with this information--including course descriptions and syllabi--and have added some more psychology courses to your major declaration checklist, you'll be ready to meet with a program, peer, or faculty advisor to discuss your plans. (Note that your plans for your junior year must include a statistics course and a psychology lab course if you have not yet completed the 2nd and 3rd major requirements. You must also apply for transfer credit prior to the end of your junior year.)














last updated by lep1 on February 20, 2015