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Psychology Major

Admission to the Program

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.
Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements

All Northeastern students must meet the graduation requirements in order to successfully complete their degree, including completion of 120 hours of coursework with satisfactory grades.

Psychology majors are required to complete 31 credit hours of coursework and, in addition, are required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of general education requirements. This allows you to take 50 credit hours of coursework in a second major, minor, or electives. Our advisors will help you choose the courses that will maximize your educational and professional opportunities.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program Requirements (31 credit hours) - For students admitted into Northeastern prior to Fall 2017:

Required Courses

  • PSYC-200 General Psychology (4 credit hours)
  • PSYC-202 Statistics and Research Methods I (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC-302 Statistics and Research Methods II (3 credit hours)
Select one course from each core area: (9 credit hours)
  1. Core A (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC-350 Physiological Psychology, or
    • PSYC-370 Theories of Learning, or
    • PSYC-371 Neuropsychology, or
    • PSYC-373 Human Perception, or
    • PSYC-375 Cognitive Psychology
  2. Core B (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC-330 Psychology of Personality, or
    • PSYC-340 Abnormal Psychology
  3. Core C (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC-310 Developmental Psychology, or
    • PSYC-360 Social Psychology
Select one lab course from the following list: (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC-308 Laboratory, Research Methods: Tests and Measurements
  • PSYC-316 Laboratory, Research Methods: Child Development
  • PSYC-331 Laboratory, Research Methods: Personality Psychology
  • PSYC_341 Laboratory, Research Methods: Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC-351 Laboratory, Research Methods: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC-361 Laboratory, Research Methods: Social Psychology
  • PSYC-374 Laboratory, Research Methods: Perception and Cognition
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours)

Psychology courses used as electives within the major must be at the 200 or 300 level. No more than one 200 level course may be used here.

  • Two elective courses in psychology 
Senior Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

The Senior Capstone Project must be proposed in advance with assistance from your faculty advisor. All projects must be approved by department chairperson.

Capstone Choices:

  • Senior Seminar Course with Research Paper
  • Service Learning Lab
  • Independent Study

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program Requirements (44 credit hours) - For students admitted into Northeastern beginning Fall 2017:

REQUIRED COURSES

  • PSYC-200 General Psychology (4 credit hours)
  • PSYC-202 Statistics and Research Methods I (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC-302 Statistics and Research Methods II (3 credit hours)
Select one course from each core area: (15 credit hours)
  1. Clinical Core (3 credits): 
    • PSYC-330 Psychology of Personality, or
    • PSYC-340 Abnormal Psychology
  2. Cognitive Core (3 credits): 
    • PSYC 370 Theories of Learning, or
    • PSYC 375 Cognitive Psychology 
  3. Developmental Core (3 credits):
    • PSYC 310 Developmental Psychology
  4. Physiological Core (3 credits):
    • PSYC 350 Physiological Psychology, or
    • PSYC 371 Neuropsychology, or
    • PSYC 373 Human Perception 
  5. Social Core (3 credits): 
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology 
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours)
  1. Psychology courses used as electives within the major must be at the 200 or 300 level. No more than one 200 level course may be used here.

  2. Two elective courses in psychology 
One Diverse Experience course (3 credits)
  • Students must meet with their faculty advisor for a list of approved Diverse Experience Courses 
Select one lab course from the following list: (5 credits)
  • PSYC-308 Laboratory, Research Methods: Tests and Measurements
  • PSYC-316 Laboratory, Research Methods: Child Development
  • PSYC-331 Laboratory, Research Methods: Personality Psychology
  • PSYC_341 Laboratory, Research Methods: Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC-351 Laboratory, Research Methods: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC-361 Laboratory, Research Methods: Social Psychology
  • PSYC-374 Laboratory, Research Methods: Perception and Cognition
 
Senior Capstone Project (5 credit hours)

The Senior Capstone Project must be proposed in advance with assistance from your faculty advisor. All projects must be approved by department chairperson.

Capstone Choices:

  • Senior Seminar Course with Research Paper
  • Service Learning Lab
  • Independent Study

Transfer Courses

Transfer courses must be approved by the department before being applied to the major or minors. For transfer students at least one half of the courses applied to the major (15 semester hours) or minors (9 semester hours) must be taken at Northeastern. No more than two courses (6 semester hours) transferred in from junior/community colleges may be applied to the major or minors. Junior/community college courses may not be used in place of 300-level Northeastern courses. Students who transfer in an approved 3-semester-hour course equivalent to General Psychology may complete the major with 30 semester hours, or the psychology minor with 18 semester hours.

The same courses may not be used to fill requirements in two different programs within the department.

Contact Us

To contact the Psychology department general office, please call 773-442-5840

To declare a major or minor in Psychology, or a minor in Gerontology, you must schedule an in-person declaration meeting. Contact Ramon Viera, Student Services Coordinator, at r-viera@neiu.edu for appointments.

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer and veteran students with transitioning to our campus.

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