Psychology, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree program in psychology is designed to provide a research-based undergraduate education for students with a broad range of interests in psychology. Psychology majors engage in academic course work and other experiences that span the breadth of psychology, as well as in-depth explorations that meet their own specific interests. By its very nature, psychology is a wide-ranging, cross-cutting field of study, and we encourage and offer interdisciplinary explorations via a highly flexible interdisciplinary cluster of courses that counts toward the BS curriculum, strong ties to other departments and programs, and experiential education to enhance the learning process, including conducting research in faculty laboratories and participation in Northeastern’s co-op program.  

Academic Progression Standards

Students who fail to maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 will be placed on probation. Three consecutive academic terms on probation will result in dismissal from the major.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Psychology Major Requirements

Introductory Course
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
Personal/Social Bases of Behavior (Area A)
Complete two of the following:8
Personality
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Biological/Cognitive Bases of Behavior (Area B)
Complete two of the following:8
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Biological Psychology
Psychology of Language
Cognition
Statistics
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
Psychology Seminar
Complete one of the following:4
Seminar in Clinical Case Study
Seminar in Behavioral Modification
Seminar in Biological Psychology
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Personality
Seminar in Social Psychology
Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Seminar in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Seminar in Social and Affective Neuroscience
Lab Requirement
Complete two psychology lab courses OR one psychology lab course and one psychology directed study research or honors thesis:8
Lab
Laboratory in Research Design
Laboratory in Biological Psychology
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Laboratory in Social Psychology
Laboratory in Personality
Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Laboratory in Affective Science
Laboratory in Life-Span Emotional Development
Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
Directed Study Research or Honors Thesis
Directed Study Research
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2

Psychology Required Electives

Complete five PSYC courses.20

Supporting Courses

Interdisciplinary Cluster

Complete three of the following courses. Choose from one group only. Students may petition to create their own interdisciplinary cluster.11-15
Educational Psychology
Juvenile Delinquency
Race and Urban Education
Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
Inquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Elementary Level
Education in the Community
Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Child and Adolescent Development, Learning, and Teaching
Society and Psychology
Peoples and Cultures
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Religion and Modernity
Language and Culture
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Deviant Behavior and Social Control
Juvenile Delinquency
Drugs and Society
Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Forensic Science
Criminology
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Law and Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Peoples and Cultures
Language and Culture
Sociolinguistics
Expressive Therapy
Music Therapy 1
Introduction to Acting
Conceptual Drawing
Counseling and Applied Psychology
Counseling Theories and Practice
Mental Health and Counseling
Counseling in Human Services
Child Intervention and Treatment
Artificial Intelligence and Information Science
Theory of Computation
Artificial Intelligence
Natural Language Processing
Principles of Information Science
Human Computer Interaction
Language
ASL Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
Language and Gender
Phonology
Bilingualism
Language and Culture
Sociolinguistics
Speech and Hearing Science
Human Factors
Principles of Information Science
Information System Design and Development
Information Retrieval
Human Computer Interaction
Empirical Research Methods
Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology
Youth Crime and Justice
Child Intervention and Treatment
Sexual Violence: Counseling, Programs, and Policy
Juvenile Delinquency
Drugs and Society
Human Resource Management and Business
Organizational Behavior
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Management Information Systems
Introduction to Marketing
Business Ethics
The 21st-Century Workplace
Philosophy of Science and Psychology
Science and Pseudoscience
Introduction to Logic
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Ethics
Ethics: East and West
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Moral Philosophy
Biological and Chemical Sciences
Microbes and Society
The Human Organism
Biology of Human Reproduction
Introduction to Marine Biology
General Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1101
Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1104
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1119
Animal Behavior
Neurobiology
Ecology
Sociobiology
Evolution
Introduction to Forensic Science
Physical Sciences and Mathematics
In addition to the following courses, any math skill course may be used with advisor approval:
Oceans and Coasts
Environmental Geology
Environmental Science
Global Climate Change
Dynamic Earth
Geophysics
Discrete Mathematics
Statistics and Stochastic Processes
or any PHYS course
Health and Wellness
Wellness
Human Nutrition
Contemporary Issues in Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
Microbes and Society
Biology and Society
The Human Organism
Biology of Human Reproduction
Introduction to Sports Medicine
Health Communication
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
The Ethics of Food
Environmental Ethics
Society and Health
Drugs and Society
Communication, Culture, and Society
Communication and Gender
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Communication and Inclusion
Social Networks
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Interpersonal Communication
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Online Communities
Language and Culture
Sociolinguistics
Language and Gender

Mathematics Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:4
Discrete Structures
Interactive Mathematics
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus for Business and Economics
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2
Intensive Calculus for Engineers
Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering

BS in Psychology Major Credit Requirements

Complete 68 semester hours in the major. A maximum of 34 semester hours of transfer credit is allowed in the major. Note: Up to 12 semester hours of psychology-related electives will count toward the major only after the “Interdisciplinary Cluster” section has been completed.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 11014PSYC area A elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PSYC elective4  
Math requirement4Elective4  
PSYC 1214 (or other PSYC elective)4Elective4  
PSYC 10001   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 23204PSYC area A elective4Vacation0Co-op0
PSYC area B elective4PSYC area B elective4  
Elective4PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESC 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PSYC elective4Elective4Co-op0
 PSYC lab elective4Elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PSYC lab elective4Elective4Co-op0
 PSYC elective4Elective4 
 PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0PSYC seminar elective4  
 PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
 PSYC elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 11014PSYC area A elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PSYC elective4  
Math requirement4Elective4  
PSYC 1214 (or other PSYC elective)4Elective4  
PSYC 10001   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 23204Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PSYC area B elective4  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
EESC 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC area A elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PSYC area B elective4  Elective4
ENGW 33154   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC lab elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PSYC elective4   
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
PSYC lab elective4PSYC seminar elective4  
PSYC elective4PSYC elective4  
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 11014PSYC area A elective4PSYC elective4Vacation
ENGW 11114PSYC elective4Elective4 
Math requirement4Elective4  
PSYC 1214 (or other PSYC elective)4Elective4  
PSYC 10001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 23204PSYC area A elective4Elective (or AP credit, etc.)4Co-op
PSYC area B elective4PSYC area B elective4Elective (or AP credit, etc.)4 
PSYC elective4PSYC elective4  
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
EESC 20001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPSYC lab elective4Elective (or AP credit, etc.)4Co-op
 ENGW 33154Elective (or AP credit, etc.)4 
 PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPSYC lab elective4Elective4Vacation
 PSYC seminar elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Total Hours: 130

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 11014PSYC area A elective4PSYC elective4Vacation
ENGW 11114PSYC elective4Elective4 
Math requirement4Elective4  
PSYC 1214 (or other PSYC elective)4Elective4  
PSYC 10001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 23204Co-opCo-opElective (or AP credit, etc.)4
PSYC area B elective4  Elective (or AP credit, etc.) 4
PSYC elective4   
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4   
EESC 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC area A elective4Co-opCo-opElective (or AP credit, etc.) 4
PSYC area B elective4  Elective (or AP credit, etc.)4
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4   
Elective 4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC lab4PSYC lab elective4Elective4Vacation
ENGW 33154PSYC seminar elective4Elective4 
PSYC interdisciplinary cluster4Elective4  
PSYC elective4Elective4  
 16 16 8 0
Total Hours: 130