For complete information about majoring, see the online catalog.

The mission of the department of psychology is to give you:

  • a strong, scientifically rigorous foundation in the primary areas of psychology;
  • exposure to each area’s applications;
  • competence in evaluating, conducting, and presenting psychological research.

Our courses provide you with a scientifically rigorous base in each area of psychology. The psychology curriculum covers each area of psychology in both breadth and depth, while highlighting the connections between areas. These connections help you to form an integrated, well-rounded perspective on human behavior and mental processes.

As such, our major curriculum is designed to accomplish these goals by providing you with:

  • A shared, core experience that introduces you to the basic areas, applications, and quantitative/methodological skills that are critical for all upper-level courses. All students are required to take our three-course core sequence, PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology), PSY 200 (Statistics I), and PSY 300 (Psychology Methodology).
  • A breadth of exposure to content and applications of the different domains of psychology in 200- and 300-level courses.
  • A 300-level laboratory-based experience that both enhances content knowledge and also allows students to utilize and hone research and quantitative skills learned in the core sequence.
  • An integrative capstone experience. Our seminar-based capstone courses offer you one of the following types of integrative experiences: integration of various areas within psychology, integration of psychology and other disciplines, or application of psychological principles and methods to real-world problems and/or basic scientific questions. All 400-level Psychology courses except 495 and 499 are capstone courses.

Psychology Major Requirements

Note: Psychology does not offer a Minor, but many psychology majors also choose a minor. The most popular minors for our Psychology majors are: Neuroscience, Gender Studies, or Ethnic Studies.

Introductory sequence

  • PSY 100: Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 200: Statistics I (ECON103 is equivalent)
  • PSY 300: Psychology Methodology

One course from Social Area

  • PSY230: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY240: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY260: Social Psychology

One course from Cognitive area

  • PSY220: Thinking, Memory, and Problem Solving (Cognition)
  • PSY280 Brain and Behavior

One laboratory course

  • PSY310: Cognition lab (PSY220 is prerequisite)
  • PSY350: Behavioral Neuroscience lab (PSY280 is prerequisite)
  • PSY355: Cognitive Neuroscience lab (PSY220 or PSY280 are prerequisites)

Three PSY elective courses; two must be at 300/400 level

One 400-level (capstone) course

Psychology Course Offerings

(Not all courses are offered every year.)

100-Level Courses

PSY100 Introduction to Psychology

PSY105 Perspectives in Film

PSY190 Culture, Film, and Psychology

200-Level Courses

  • PSY200 Statistics I
  • PSY220 Thinking, Memory, and Problem Solving
  • PSY230 Infant and Child Development
  • PSY240 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY244 Practicum
  • PSY252 Intro to Neuroscience
  • PSY260 Social Psychology
  • PSY280 Brain and Behavior
  • PSY295 Faculty Directed Research
  • PSY299 Independent Study

300-Level Courses

  • PSY300 Psychology Methodology
  • PSY310 Cognition with Lab
  • PSY311 Statistics II
  • PSY325 Social Norms
  • PSY330 Adolescent and Adult Development
  • PSY340 Personality Theory
  • PSY345 Overseas Internship
  • PSY350 Behavioral Neuroscience with Lab
  • PSY355 Cognitive Neuroscience with Lab
  • PSY360 Psychology of Gender
  • PSY370 Clinical Psychology
  • PSY375 Health Psychology
  • PSY380 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSY390 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY395 Issues in Psychiatric Health

400-Level Courses

  • PSY400 Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • PSY410 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • PSY425 Human-Computer Interaction
  • PSY435 Advanced Applied Developmental
  • PSY440 Social Construction of Madness
  • PSY444 Practicum
  • PSY445 Psychology Internship
  • PSY460 Community Psychology
  • PSY465 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology

PSY490 Honors Thesis

  • PSY495 Advanced Faculty Directed Research
  • PSY499 Independent Study

Co-Curricular Opportunities in Psychology

  • We have a strong internship program with connections throughout the Portland metro area. Our students have had placements at hospitals, schools, research institutes, social services agencies, mental health facilities, government offices, and many more
  • We offer a study abroad program to Dublin, Ireland during Spring of every odd-year where students participate in a psychology internship and fulfill their international studies requirements.
  • Many psychology students participate in research either by working directly with faculty in their labs for credit or through independent study.