Psychology Major Program
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 subfields of psychological research.
- Demonstrate key theoretical ideas and empirical findings in a variety of areas of psychology.
- Develop analytical thinking skills for interpreting observed psychological phenomena.
- Identify alternative explanations and decide between these alternatives based on empirical evidence.
- Review the literature and develop testable hypothesis.
- Design experiments to test hypothesis, collect data using a variety of methods, and analyze data using statistical methods and software.
- Develop effective writing skills for the communication of scientific ideas and findings.
- Effectively participate in research teams.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Understand the impact of psychological theory and research on real world problems.
- Appreciate the need for and engage in life-long learning.