BA in Psychology


CAS PS 101 or equivalent.

General Requirements

Students must complete eight principal courses with a grade of C or higher. Four of these must be selected from among courses at the 300 level or higher, including one experimental course selected from CAS PS 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, and 328. Principal courses in psychology are those courses listed in the bulletin and numbered at the 200 level and above, excluding CAS PS 211.

The choice of principal courses must include at least two courses from each of the broad content groups listed below. Group A consists of courses in perception, physiological psychology, learning, and cognition. Group B consists of courses in development, personality, and social and abnormal psychology.

Group A:

  • CAS PS 205 Memory and Brain
  • CAS PS 222 Perception and Behavior
  • CAS PS 231 Physiological Psychology
  • CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning
  • CAS PS 333 Drugs and Behavior
  • CAS PS 336 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • CAS PS 337 Memory Systems of the Brain
  • CAS PS 338 Neuropsychology
  • CAS PS 339 (formerly PS 202) Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Group B:

  • CAS PS 241 Developmental Psychology
  • CAS PS 243 Life Span Developmental Psychology in Health and Illness
  • CAS PS 251 Psychology of Personality: Theories and Application
  • CAS PS 261 Social Psychology
  • CAS PS 370 Psychology of the Family
  • CAS PS 371 Abnormal Psychology

Please note: students may elect to take either CAS PS 241 or PS 243 but not both.

It is possible to transfer, from outside of CAS, a maximum of three courses toward the eight principal courses required for completion of the psychology major. Courses taken outside of Boston University, as well as at Metropolitan College, are considered transfer courses. Please note that psychology courses taken through Boston University’s Summer Term designated with the same numbers and titles as those offered in CAS are not considered transfer courses. Prior departmental approval of all transfer courses in psychology is required (see Dr. Joanne Hebden Palfai, Director of Undergraduate Studies, in CAS Room 149A).

Design and Statistical Requirement

Students must complete CAS MA 116 (prerequisite: MA 115), MA 214 (prerequisite: MA 213), or CAS PS 211 with a grade of C or higher. Note: Only one of CAS MA 116 and MA 214 may be taken for credit. CAS MA 113 does not fulfill the psychology statistics requirement for the psychology major.

Independent Work for Honors in Psychology

The department encourages interested and qualified students to pursue a special course of independent work in psychology in the senior year and to have completed one experimental course prior to that time. Interested sophomores and juniors are encouraged to discuss independent work with their advisors in the department at the beginning of the second semester. Successful completion of a two-semester independent research project may lead to graduation with honors in the major. See Honors in the Major for more information.

Research Participation

Students may be asked, as part of course requirements, to participate in research studies. Such participation is intended to help students learn about the procedures and concerns of psychological research.