Majoring in Psychology


Freshman Year

Brief Advising Summary You will begin your psychology major by completing Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101).  If you have AP or dual-enrollment credit for PSY 101, you might consider taking a sophomore level psychology class such as Lifespan Development (PSY 221).  We recommend that you also complete your 100-level foundations mathematics course and one of your foundations science courses in your first year.  Your 100-level MAT course is a prerequisite for the research methods and statistics courses that you will be taking in your sophomore year.

SOPHOMORE Year

Planning Your Semester We strongly recommend that you complete Research Methods I and II (PSY 260 and 261) in your sophomore year.  These courses are foundational to your major, and they will be prerequisites for several psychology courses that you will need to take in the future.  So, the sooner you complete these courses, the better.  Your sophomore year is also a good time to begin taking psychology courses that cover specific areas of theory and research.  In your sophomore year, you might consider Personality Psychology (PSY 207), Lifespan Development (PSY 221), Human Sexuality (PSY 211), or Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 222).  Depending on your interest, and the availability of seats in the classes, you might also consider Heath Psychology (PSY 303), or Social Psychology (PSY 304).

You might consider starting a minor in your sophomore year.  You could schedule a class in an area of study that you might enjoy to see if you would enjoy taking more classes in this area.

Psychology Curriculum Sheet

Many students strive to complete most of their foundations curriculum in the first two years.  Then, they focus more on their major and minor in the second two years.  Other students will take a few extra psychology courses in their first two years, and then they will complete their foundations curriculum more gradually over four years.  Either approach can work for you; you are free to decide which would be best for you.

George Scholars ProgramIn the second semester of your sophomore year, you should be thinking about how you will focus your studies in your junior and senior years.  Some students will be more interested in providing services to others and will plan coursework and experiences that will lead to graduate studies in an area like counseling.  Others will be more interested in pursing the science of psychology, or applications in business, criminal justice or some other area.  These students will gain additional experience in research by taking research seminar and directed studies courses.  If you are interested in pursuing a research focus in your studies, you might consider applying to the George Scholarship program.

Junior Year

You will complete Research Seminar in Psychology (PSY 362I) -- this course is a "hands-on" course in how to conduct and complete research, and it competes your sequence of courses in research methods and statistics.  If you are interested in conducting research, you should talk with the faculty members about their research and the possibility of them supervising a Research Seminar (PSY 298) with you.  In this course, you will assist one of our faculty members with her or his ongoing research project

Psychology Course Sequence If you are interested in someday working in a clinical or counseling setting (e.g., clinical or counseling psychology, speech pathology, social work, school counseling), it will be important that you take Counseling Theory (PSY 315) and Counseling Practice (PSY 316) in your junior year.  This will position you to pursue an Academic Internship (PSY 496) in your senior year.  Another class central to this area of study would be Abnormal Psychology (PSY 318).

In your junior year, you will be taking a broader variety of psychology courses.  Any 200- or 300-level course will be a possibility, as will be all the 44x seminar classes.  You might consider taking a course in Neuroscience, Learning, and Cognition if you have the opportunity.

Senior Year

Advising Button 5 Your senior capstone class is History and Systems in Psychology (PSY 470I).  You will also complete a course in Neuroscience, Learning, and Cognition, if you have not already done so.  If you are interested in conducting research, you should talk with your professors about Directed Studies (PSY 498).  In this course, we will assist you in conducting your own research project.  If you are interested in service, you should consider Academic Internship (PSY 496).  This will give you a rich and valuable experience in the area of service that you are interested in.

Studying Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Berry’s approved 4-course course sequence for becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) helps prepares students to become competent practitioners of behavior analysis  If you would like to learn more about these courses, please visit the ABA webpage.

Professional Development

While majoring in psychology, it's important that you compliment your coursework with "firsthand" experiences that will enhance your personal and professional development, and help to guide your career choices.  We encourage you to get to know your faculty members and engage them in discussions about your career options.  We especially encourage you to consider taking at least one independent research class or internship class in your area of interest.  Finally, we encourage you to get involved with student organizations that will put you in contact with students who share your interests.  Psych Society, Psi Chi, Peer Educators, and BOLD are a few examples.  Please let us know how we can help.


Resources

Blank Schedule for Planning Your Semester

The Current Curriculum Sheet Used in Advising

Our Course Sequence Schedule