The Psychology Major Curriculum

The Psychology Major

The major in psychology consists of a total of 35 credit hours taken within the Department of Psychology (unless given permission otherwise) and 15 credits of additional cognate courses.

  • Courses at Marquette University are numbered: courses numbered 1000-2999 are “lower division,” whereas courses 3000 and above are “upper division.”
  • Some of these credits might be earned through AP courses in high school or through transfers from another college or university (these credits are granted by the university, not by the department).

Students who maintain a high GPA in psychology and who are interested in research are encouraged to consider applying for the Honors in Psychology program.

Psychology Courses

Psychology courses include: three required courses taken by all majors (11 credit hours); one course from each of the five psychology content areas (15 credit hours) and three elective psychology courses of which at least two must be upper-division (9 credit hours).

Courses Taken by All Majors

All students who major in psychology take the same three courses.

  • PSYC 1001. General Psychology (or AP equivalent) (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2001. Psychological Measurements and Statistics (4 credits)
    • (or PSYC 2001H. Honors Psychological Measurements and Statistics, 4 credits)
  • PSYC 2050. Research Methods and Designs in Psychology (4 credits)
    • (or PSYC 2050H. Honors Research Methods and Designs in Psychology, 4 credits)

Both PSYC 2001 and PSYC 2050 have honors sections, which majors are encouraged to consider taking. PSYC 2050H is required to graduate with honors in psychology.

Required Content Areas Courses

Majors must take at least one course in each of the five content areas in psychology. Courses that meet criteria for these content areas are shown:


  • PSYC 3101. Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3120. Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (3 credits)


  • PSYC 3201. Introductory Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3230. Business and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)


  • PSYC 3301. Learning and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3320. Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4320. Learning and Memory (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4330. Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)


  • PSYC 3401. Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3501. Theories of Personality (3 credits)


  • PSYC 3601. Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3650. Affective Neuroscience (3 credits)

Psychology Electives

Majors must also take at least 3 “elective” upper division courses. These courses can be within the content areas (see previous section), or they can be other courses not included in the content areas.

On the other hand, there are many “elective” courses that are very popular but that do not fit in any particular content area, including the following:

Psychology Electives

  • PSYC 3210. The Psychology of Prejudice (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3220. Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3410. Childhood Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3420. Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3550. Psychology of Gender Roles (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3560. Psychology of Religion (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3701. Principles of Psychological Testing (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3840. Psychology of Happiness (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4701. Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4720. Psychology of Marriage and Family (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4931. Topics in Psychology (3 credits) (this course varies from topic to topic)

Other Psychology Courses in Research, as Peer Tutors, and in Field Experience

Credits toward the major can also be earned through research experience, through internship, and/or through being a peer tutor. See other attachment for a more thorough description of these opportunities.

Cognate Course Requirements

The psychology major also requires 5 other courses (15 credits) taken from other departments.

Social Science Requirement (6 credits)

Psychology majors must take two courses from one or more of the following programs: ANTH, CRLS, ECON, POSC, SOCI, SOWJ. Courses in ANTH cannot be chosen from ANTH 1201 or ANTH 2201 (which can be taken to meet different cognate requirements—see below). 

Mathematics Requirement (3 or more credits)

In addition to Psychological Statistics (PSYC 2001), psychology majors must take and at least one of the following courses:

  • MATH 1300 (The Nature of Mathematics)

  • MATH 1390 (Finite Mathematics)

  • MATH 1400 (Elements of Calculus)

  • MATH 1410 (Calculus for the Biological Sciences)

  • MATH 1450 (Calculus 1)

  • MATH 1451 (Calculus 2)

Physical Science Requirement (6 credits)

Psychology majors must take two courses from one or more of the following departments: ANTH 1201 or ANTH 2201 (but not both), BIOL, CHEM, PHYS

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