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Psychology Major and Minor

Declaring a Major in Psychology

  • Please visit the Important Forms page to download the Major Declaration Form or pick up copies from the Department of Psychology's Student Support Office located in 420 Huntington Hall.
  • Complete the Major Declaration Form.
  • Consult the Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Psychology Bachelor of Science (BS) degree requirements in the Course Catalog to make sure all Department of Psychology degree requirements are understood.
  • Bring the completed forms to the Student Support Office (420 Huntington Hall) to be assigned a psychology faculty member as your Major Advisor.
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT all forms will need to be approved and processed by your home college before you will be officially considered a psychology major.

The BA vs BS Degree in Psychology

What is the difference in coursework?
In addition to completing the requirements for the Psychology BA Degree, Psychology students graduating with the BS degree must also complete:

  • One of the psychology lecture-laboratory sequences listed in the Course Catalog. Note that courses selected to complete the sequece may not be used to satify other requirements for the major.
  • One of the 6 Biology, Chemistry, or Physics lecture-laboratory sequences listed in the Course Catalog.
  • Three courses (a minimum of 9 credits) of the mathematics and/or natural sciences courses listed in  the Course Catalog. Note that courses used toward either the natural science lecture-laboratory requirement or the statistics requirement cannot be used to fulfull this requirement.

Why would I opt for a BS degree?
The purpose of the Psychology BS degree is to provide recognition for students who have taken significantly more physical science, life science, mathematics, and laboratory courses than they have to take for the Psychology BA degree. If you are one of those students, consult the Psychology BS degree requirements in the Course Catalog to see if you are likely to fulfil them.

Please note: the BS degree is not necessary for graduate study in any branch of psychology or for getting into other graduate programs, including medical school. Whatever your career goals are, a BA in psychology will allow you to fulfill them.

The Department of Psychology advises against students taking heavy course loads or missing out on taking other courses that are of interest to them, in favor of pursing a Psychology BS degree.

Declaring a Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychology is purposely designed to meet the diverse interests of students and therefore does not have course requirements other than PSY 205. The usual rules and regulations are:

  1. Students must complete 18 credit hours of Psychology (PSY) coursework, 12 hours of which must be numbered above 299.
  2. A maximum of 3 hours of transfer credit in Psychology may be applied toward the minor. These courses must be approved by the Director of Curricular Studies based on a syllabus for the course. Syracuse University students planning to take a Psychology course at another college or university are advised to have that course approved for transfer credit prior to enrolling for the course.
  3. Courses taken with the pass/fail option may not be counted toward the minor.

Students should download the Minor Declaration Form as soon as possible after deciding to pursue a minor in Psychology. Consult the Course Catalog for specific minor requirements.

To declare a Minor, please visit the Department of Psychology's Student Support Office located in 420 Huntington Hall Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm to speak with a program advisor.

Cognitive Science Minor

The minor in cognitive science offers study in recent interdisciplinary research on cognition. Relevant courses are offered in several departments and colleges, including L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and the linguisitics, philosophy, and psychology departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may pursue study in cognition science either by enrolling in the interdisciplinary minor or by majoring in selected studies in cognitive science (see selected studies).

Integrated Neuroscience Major (ILM)

Neuroscience is a 24-credit integrated learning major(ILM) which requires coursework in at least 3 academic departments, reflecting the diversity of contemporary neural science. You can find the description and requirements of this program here. Information about the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Group at Syracuse University and its affiliated academic units are found here.

Please contact the ILM Director, the ILM Primary Advisor, or visit the undergraduate advising office if you would like to discuss taking the Neuroscience major.