Psychology - Requirements

B.A. with a Major in Psychology

The curriculum for a B.A. degree in psychology is:

PY 101 General Psychology, Semester 1 or 2
PY 261 Biological Bases for Behavior, Semester 2 or 3
PY 211/212 Developmental Psychology for Majors with or without Lab, Semester 2 or 3
PY 201 Statistics for the Life Sciences, Semester 3 or 4
PY 202 Research Methods, Semester 4 or 5
One Senior seminar, Semester 7 or 8

Students must also complete four elective courses including at least one from each of the two groups listed below.

Group I
PY 221 Social Psychology
PY 231 Abnormal Psychology for Majors
PY 232 Theories of Personality

Group II
PY 251 Cognitive Psychology
PY 252 Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
PY 262 Sensation and Perception

Permission of instructor is required prior to taking PY 291, PY 295, PY 391-392, and PY 395. Students are allowed a maximum of two applied internships and one teaching internship. Students may take PY 295 only once and PY 395 only once.

In their senior year, psychology majors may be required to participate in a departmental assessment, such as an exit questionnaire, interview, focus group, or Major Field Test in Psychology.

Core Course Recommendations

  • Mathematics: MA 121-122 in the first and second semesters is recommended.
  • Science: Biology is strongly recommended.

B.S. with a Major in Psychology

The curriculum for a B.S. degree in psychology is:

BI 170-171 General Biology, Year 2
CH 11-12 General Inorganic, Chemistry I and II, Year 1
CH 211-212 Organic Chemistry I and II, Year 2
MA 121-122 Applied Calculus I and II, Year 1
PS 15-16 General Physics I and II, Year 3
PY 101 General Psychology, Semester 1
PY 263/4 Developmental Psychology for Majors with or without Lab, Semester 2 or 3
PY 203 Statistics for the Life Sciences, Semester 3 or 4
PY 261 Biological Bases of Behavior, Semester 2 or 3
PY 209 Research Methods, Semester 4 or 5
One Senior Seminar, Semester 7 or 8

Students must also complete 4 elective courses including at least one from each of the two groups listed below.

Group I
PY 221 Social Psychology
PY 231 Abnormal Psychology for Majors
PY 232 Theories of Personality

Group II
PY 251 Cognitive Psychology
PY 252 Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
PY 262 Sensation and Perception

Permission of instructor is required prior to taking PY 291, PY 295, PY 391-392, and PY 395. Students are allowed a maximum of two applied internships and one teaching internship. Students may take PY 295 only once and PY 395 only once.

In their senior year, psychology majors may be required to participate in a departmental assessment, such as an exit questionnaire, interview, focus group, or Major Field Test in Psychology.

Minor in Psychology

For a 15-credit minor in psychology, students in other majors complete:

  • PY 101 General Psychology
  • 4 additional psychology courses (two of these courses also fulfill the behavioral and social science core requirement.)

Students contemplating a minor are urged to consult with a member of the psychology faculty regarding course choices.

Master's Degree Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Fairfield now offers a Five Year Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, designed for students interested in a pathway other than an MBA to work in organizations.