Double Majors/Concentrations

All students attempting to complete double majors, double concentrations, or a combination of a major and a concentration should keep in mind that they must complete separate sets of required and related courses for each field. A single course may not be counted twice. Please consult with one of the Directors of Undergraduate Studies or Program Advisors if you have questions.

Statistics courses are special cases so please note how we deal with them.

The Dept. of Psychology will accept a statistics course such as STAT 1211 in fulfillment of the statistics requirement of the psychology major, or of the lab/stat requirement of the neuroscience and behavior major, even if that course is also being used to fulfill a statistics requirement of a second major or concentration.  However, we will not count the 3 points from that course toward the total point requirement of the psychology major or concentration if those points are being used toward another major.

Three examples will illustrate this. 

Example 1.  Sarah is majoring in psychology and economics.  She needs STAT 1211 to fulfill requirements in both, but she does not need the 3 points for the psych major because she will complete the required 30 points without STAT 1211.  The Dept. of Psychology will accept STAT 1211 in fulfillment of the statistics requirement of the major, with no points of credit from that course contributing to the total points required for the major.  The Dept. of Economics will also accept STAT 1211 and the 3 pts, given that those points are not being used elsewhere.

Example 2.  Joshua is completing a major in economics and a concentration in psychology.  He needs STAT 1211 to fulfill an econ major requirement and he was counting on using the 3 points from the course both for his econ major and for his psych concentration.  This won't work. Since he cannot use the same points twice, he has to decide whether to add another 3 pt course or to drop either the psych concentration or the econ major.

Example 3.  Emily is completing a neuroscience and behavior major and an econ concentration.  She needs STAT 1211 to fulfill requirements in both, and she also needs the 3 pts for her econ concentration.  The Dept. of Psychology will accept STAT 1211 in fulfillment of  requirement P.3. (statistics or lab course) of the neuroscience and behavior major, even though the course and its 3 pts are also being applied toward the econ concentration.  This is because there is no total points requirement for the neuroscience and behavior major.


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