Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Major Concentration Requirements

All students must obtain a grade of C or higher in all principal and required related courses.

  1. Prerequisite: PS 101 or equivalent.
  2. PS 231: Physiological Psychology. Students entering the major September 2014 and after will be required to take PS 231 and PS 231 will not count as a Group A course.
  3. General Requirement: Students must complete eight principal courses. Four of these courses must be selected from among courses at the 300 level or higher and one of the four must be an experimental course selected from CAS PS 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, and 328. Principal courses in psychology are those courses listed in the Boston University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin and numbered at the 200 level or higher (excluding CAS PS 211). In addition, 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 developmental, personality, social, and abnormal psychology.
    Group A Group B
    • PS 205 Memory and Brain
    • PS 222 Perception and Behavior
    • PS 231 Physiological Psychology*
    • PS 234 Psychology of Learning
    • PS 333 Drugs and Behavior
    • PS 336 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • PS 337 Systems of the Brain
    • PS 338 Neuropsychology
    • PS 339 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PS 241 Developmental Psychology
    • PS 243 Lifespan Developmental Psychology in Health and Illness
    • PS 251 Psychology of Personality: Theories and Application
    • PS 261 Social Psychology
    • PS 370 Psychology of the Family
    • PS 371 Abnormal Psychology

    *Please note that PS 231 will not count as a Group A course for students entering the major September 2014 and after.
    Please note  that students may elect to take either PS 241 or PS 243 but not both.

    It is possible to transfer a maximum of three courses toward the eight principal courses required for completion of the psychology concentration. Courses taken outside of Boston University, as well as at Metropolitan College, are considered transfer courses. Please note that courses taken through Boston University’s Summer Term Program are not considered transfer courses. Prior departmental approval of all transfer courses in psychology is required (See Dr. Joanne Hebden Palfai, Director of Academic Affairs, in Rm. 149A).

  4. Design and Statistical Requirement: MA 115 (Statistics I – prereq. for MA 116) and MA 116 (Statistics II), PS 211 (Experimental Design in Psychology) or MA 214 (Applied Statistics). Please note, MA 115 and 116 satisfy two CAS divisional studies requirements in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, and the CAS Math requirement. PS 211 does not fulfill the CAS Math requirement or CAS divisional studies requirements.

Minor Concentration Requirements

Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in all principal and required related courses.

  1. Prerequisite: PS 101 or equivalent
  2. Principal Courses: Students must complete five principal courses. Three of these courses must be selected from among courses at the 300 level or higher and one must be an experimental course (PS 322-PS 328). In addition, the choice of principal course must include at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B (see above for the list of Group A and Group B courses).
  3. Required Related Courses: PS 211 or MA 115