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Undergraduate Curriculum

Lehigh Professor Michael Gill and student Raihan Alam

The psychology major curriculum is designed to train students in the science of the mind, brain, and behavior. Undergraduate study in psychology provides:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, theories, and research findings in psychology
  • An understanding of how psychological principles can be applied in everyday life, including to address societal needs
  • Training in scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • An appreciation of individual, sociocultural, and international diversity
  • Opportunities to build skills in writing and oral communication​

Major Curriculum at a Glance

Core Courses

•     PSYC 001: Introduction to Psychology
•     PSYC 201: Research Methods and Data Analysis I
•     PSYC 202: Research Methods and Data Analysis II
•     PSYC 203: Research Methods and Data Analysis III

Breadth Courses

  • Four 100-level courses with a minimum of one from each of the following 3 areas:
    1. Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
      PSYC 117 Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC 176 Cognitive Neuroscience
    2. Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 107 Child Development
      PSYC 109 Adulthood and Aging
    3. Social and Personality Psychology
      PSYC 121 Social Psychology
      PSYC 153 Personality
    • Additional 100-level Options
      • PSYC 130 Introduction to Health Psychology
      • PSYC 138 Psychopathology
  • One 100-level recitation section accompanying one of your 100-level courses


  • BA students: Four 300-level seminars
  • BS students: Five 300-level seminars

Student Portfolio

  • Students are required to complete a portfolio of written work that provides a record of their learning and accomplishments throughout the major. (See portfolio guidelines)

Collateral Courses

  • The BS degree also requires 9 collateral courses taken in math or computer science, natural science, and other social sciences. (See BS degree requirements)