Psychology Undergraduate Majors


Undergraduate Programs



[Please consult the University catalog for more complete details about the Psychology major.]

PDF Version of Psychology Major/Minor Record Card checklist


Majors are required to complete 41 credits in psychology and 10 credits in prerequisite courses with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. No "Pass" grades are accepted for the required 41 credits in psychology (32 credits of required psychology courses and 9 hours of psychology electives). Of the 32 required credits, 14 are to be completed in the core courses by taking PSYC 101 or PSYC 102, PSYC 203 or PSYC 204, PSYC 212, and PSYC 314 (or PSYC 213/313). The remaining 18 required credits are to be completed by taking one course in each of the six topical areas: Human Development, Clinical, Social, Biopsychology, Learning-Cognition, and Diversity. Majors must satisfy the relevant prerequisites for individual psychology courses taken.


BIOL prerequisite: 4-credit General BIOL Course (If taken at Towson: BIOL 120 and 120L)
ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education
MATH 111 College Algebra or higher with a grade of “C” or better (except MATH 204)
(MATH 109 also is acceptable but available only to Developmental Math students) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

CORE COURSES (14 Credit Hours)
PSYC 101 or 102 Introduction to Psychology or Honors
PSYC 203 or 204 Human Development or Honors (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102)
PSYC 212 or 213 Behavioral Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH prerequisite listed above)
PSYC 314 or 313 Research Methods in Psychology
(Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102; PSYC 212; ENGL 102 or 190)
(PSYC 213 and 313 are taken sequentially instead of 212 and 314 taken individually)


I. Human Development (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 203)
PSYC 403 Infant & Child Development
PSYC 404 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 405 Psychology of Aging
PSYC 467 Midlife Development

II. Clinical
PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology * (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 3 units of PSYC)
PSYC 350 Personality (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 3 units of PSYC)
PSYC 411 Tests & Measurements (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 212)
PSYC 430 Systems and Techniques of Psychotherapy (Prerequisite: PSYC 361/T61 and 3 units of PSYC)

III. Social (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 3 units of PSYC)
PSYC 325 Social Psychology *
PSYC 327 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 431 Group Dynamics

IV. Biopsychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 6 units of PSYC and BIOL 120/120L)
PSYC 465 Physiological Psychology *
PSYC 309 Psychopharmacology
PSYC 317 Sensation & Perception
PSYC 460 Ethology & Comparative Psychology

V. Learning / Cognitive (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 6 units of PSYC)

PSYC 461 Cognitive Psychology *
PSYC 305 Psychology of Learning
PSYC 315 Motivation

VI. Diversity
PSYC 432 Cross-Cultural Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 3 units of PSYC)
PSYC 447 Sex Differences: Psychological Perspectives (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 203)
PSYC 451 Introduction to the Exceptional Child (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 203)
PSYC 419 Diverse Perspectives in Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 3 units of PSYC)

Any 200-, 300-, or 400- level psychology courses with the
exception of PSYC 230 (Adjustment and Growth) and PSYC 383 (Proctoring in Psychology)
A minimum of 3 credit hours must be completed at the 300- or 400- level.

** Transfer Students: The maximum number of Psychology credits/units that can be applied to the MAJOR: 18, MINOR: 10.


Students apply for the following in the Fall of their Junior year.        

  • Honors Thesis in Psychology
    • This option gives students the opportunity to learn in-depth about research in Psychology.  Students will take advanced classes in research methods and data analysis over three semesters, as well as complete an honors thesis under supervision of a professor in the Psychology Department. 
    • Students must be Junior Psychology Majors with at least a 3.4 Overall GPA and 3.6 GPA in Psychology.  For information on additional requirements and Honors Thesis application, please visit the Psychology Departmental Office in LA 2210 or contact Professor Jonathan Mattanah (410-704-2539,


  • Clinical Psychology Area of Focus
    • Students accepted into the Clinical Psychology Area of Focus will gain valuable hands-on clinical experience through small, specialized classes and internship experiences. 
    • To be considered for the program, students must be of Junior standing with at least a 3.4 Overall GPA and 3.6 GPA in Psychology.  Students must have completed Introduction to Helping Relationships (PSYC 205) and Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 361).  For information on additional requirements and an application, please click on the links below. Applications should be returned to the Psychology Department Office.

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