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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY (PY)

Professor Kenneth L. Lichstein, Chairperson
Office: 348 Gordon Palmer Hall

PY 101 is open to entering freshman students. A student must complete PY 101, PY 211 (with a minimum grade of "C-") and a 300-level PY course before acceptance for the major program of study in psychology will be considered. In addition, a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all psychology courses take prior to application is required.

Requirements for the major in psychology. The psychology major requires 32 hours, including PY 101, PY 211, PY 355, PY 356, PY 471, two semesters of seminar, and 12 additional hours of advanced work (300 or 400 level) distributed as follows:

A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. In addition, psychology majors must complete two semesters of biology, chemistry, or physics.

Requirements for the minor in psychology. The psychology minor requires 18 hours, including PY 101 and 6 hours of advanced work (300 or 400 level). A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Honors program in psychology. The psychology department honors program is designed to afford qualified majors the opportunity to participate in activities preparatory for graduate training in psychology. The two-year program is research-oriented and involves interactions with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment. Completion of the program is contingent upon submission of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master's thesis. Psychology majors who are in the second semester of the sophomore year with 9 hours of completed coursework in psychology (including PY 101, PY 211, and a 300-level course) may apply for admission to the psychology department honors program. A completed application and interview by the Departmental Honors Committee are required before acceptance. To be accepted, a student must have a 3.3 grade point average in psychology coursework and a 3.0 average overall; however, meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Psychology Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PY 1013
EN 1013
MATH13–4
Natural science (biology, chemistry, or physics)4
Foreign language or computer science3–4
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16–17
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 1023
History23
Natural science (biology, chemistry, or physics)4
Fine arts23
Foreign language or computer science3–4
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16–17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PY 2113
EN 205 or EN 20923
Humanities23
Social and behavioral sciences23
Computer science or elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
PY content area requirement3
PY elective3
EN 206 or EN 21023
Minor3
Elective3
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15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
PY 3553
PY 3562
PY content area requirement3
Minor6
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14
Second Semester
CourseHours
PY content area requirement3
Minor6
Electives6
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
PY 4713
PY 4913
Minor3
Social and behavioral sciences23
Elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
PY 4913
Minor3
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Electives6
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15
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. The B.A. degree requires MATH 110 or higher. The B.S. degree requires calculus (MATH 125 or higher).
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

Graduate programs. The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to the master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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