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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Courses

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/psych/courses.html

Courses for the Psychology Major

The psychology major provides students with a broad background in several areas of psychology.  These courses are suitable as preparation for graduate study.  These courses also provide a varied skill set for students who do not plan on becoming professional psychologists.

You must take either MATH112 (College Algebra) or STAT154 to get into PSYC201. These math courses do notcount toward the 40-credit required psychology credits.  PSYC101 also does not count toward your 40-credit requirement.

PSYC201 is a prerequisite for PSYC211W.  You cannot take these courses concurrently.

PSYC201 and PSYC211W are prerequisites for several core courses, and thus should be taken early in the major.  For other course prerequisites, please check the psychology department course bulletin prior to registering for classes.

 

Required Courses

Credits

101 Introduction to Psychological Science

4

201 Statistics for Psychology

4

211W Research Methods and Design

4

409 History & Systems

4

Select at least one from each core area below

Biological

321 Brain & Behavior

4

413 Sensation & Perception

4

420 Psychopharmacology

4

421 Behavior Neuroscience

4

425W Behavior Genetics

4

Cognition

325 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

4

414 Learning

4

415 Human Memory

4

423 Cognitive Neuroscience

4

Developmental

343 Introduction to Developmental Psychology

433 Child Psychology

4

436 Adolescent Psychology

4

466 Psychology of Aging

4

Personality/Social

340 Social Psychology

4

356 Personality Psychology

3

358 Cultural Psychology

455 Abnormal Psychology

4

…plus electives to complete 40 credits in Psychology

 

 If you are planning on going to graduate school, and you know what area you would like to specialize in, we recommend you visit your advisor to determine which core classes and electives would best fit your plans.

Choosing a Minor

If you know what area of psychology you want to pursue in graduate school, it is best to select a minor that will prepare you for that field.  For example, students interested in neuroscience should minor in biology or chemistry; students interested in industrial-organizational psychology should minor in HR management or business.

If you choose not to go to graduate school we recommend taking a minor that will make you attractive to employers, such as Technical Communication, Human Resource Management, or Marketing.  What tends to be most important, however, is that you do well in your minor, so it is best to choose something you enjoy.