The Psychology Undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide a broad core education in the science of psychology with some emphasis on cognition. We aim for a contemporary world-class education with courses in areas where modern psychological research is most active, such as Perception and Action and Cognitive Neuroscience.
The program particularly emphasises research and science training. Starting from level (year) 1, courses in Statistics and Research Methods are required until level 3, over four semesters. These courses are project-based, and tailored for psychology. A senior thesis to complete the degree program is required, in which students are supervised on a one-to-one basis by members of staff, on individal research projects.
In addition to field-specific courses, the program requires basic science subjects such as calculus and biology as well as acquisition of skills in computing. Students are also encouraged to attend elective courses in a broad range of subjects such as fine arts and foreign languages.
Below is a list of requirements for completion of the undergraduate psychology degree program. Courses are listed in level (year) groups as a proposed plan over four years. Most higher level courses have prerequisites from lower levels.
Full details of the psychology undergraduate curriculum can be seen in the university catalog:
PSYC Major Curriculum
Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Demonstrate functional knowledge across distinct content areas of psychological research.
- Demonstrate the ability to describe key theoretical ideas and empirical findings in a variety of areas of psychology.
- Develop analytical thinking skills for interpreting observed psychological phenomena.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify alternative explanations and adjudicate between these alternatives based on empirical evidence.
- Demonstrate the ability to review the literature and develop testable hypothesis.
- Demonstrate the ability to design experiments to test hypothesis.
- Demonstrate the ability to collect data using a variety of methods.
- Demonstrate the ability to organize and analyze data using statistical methods and statistical software.
- Develop effective writing skills for the communication of ideas, including in a foreign language, and finding pertinent to psychological research.
- Demonstrate the ability to function on research teams.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand the impact of psychological theory and research on real world problems.
- Recognize the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning.