Starting a major

  • The first course in the Psychology major is Psych 125, Principles of Psychology, which examines the basic principles and methods of psychological science.
  • A student does not need to take Psych 125 if he or she already:
    • has a Psychology AP score of 4 or 5 OR
    • has credit for Introductory Psychology from another college’s course.

Are there courses students MUST, SHOULD, or Can take their First Year?


There are no courses that must be taken during the first year.


Ideally, students take Psych 125 in their first year.


Students wishing to take additional courses can take a 200-level Psychology course or a Statistics course. Any student who has credit for Introductory Psychology – either through Psych 125, the AP test, or through another college’s course – may take any 200-level Psychology course, except for Psych 230 (which has Statistics as a prerequisite).

Credit for previous coursework

  • Credit is given for an AP Psychology score of 4 or 5.
  • Credit for transfer courses is done in consultation with the Registrar and the Chair of the Psychology Department.


There is no placement exam for Psychology.

Informational Events

Departmental Information Session (Week One).