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Psychology Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Pathways: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Law and Public Policy, Healthcare

Psychology is the science of behavior. This major allows you to increase your intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding and develop problem-solving, project management and information literacy skills.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
  • PSYC 203 Research Methods & Analysis 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 241 Introduction to Human Development or
    PSYC 342 Prenatal and Infant Development or
    PSYC 343 Child and Adolescent Development or
    PSYC 345 Adulthood and Aging
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • PSYC 203 Research Methods & Analysis 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 241 Introduction to Human Development or
    PSYC 342 Prenatal and Infant Development or
    PSYC 343 Child and Adolescent Development or
    PSYC 345 Adulthood and Aging
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Elective
    2
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend an alcohol-free event

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Participate in an alternative spring break

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Attend WELLWVU Bystander Intervention Training
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • PSYC 204 Research Methods & Analysis 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 231 Leadership and Human Relations or
    PSYC 232 Sex Roles and Behavior or
    PSYC 251 Introduction to Social Psychology or
    PSYC 351 Topics in Social Psychology or
    PSYC 379 Community Psychology
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 281 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology or
    PSYC 362 Psychological Assessment or
    PSYC 363 Personality Theory or
    PSYC 364 Psychology of Adjustment or
    PSYC 365 Forensic Psychology or
    PSYC 370 Emotions and Mood or
    PSYC 382 Exceptional Children
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    -
    PSYC 281 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology or
    PSYC 362 Psychological Assessment or
    PSYC 363 Personality Theory or
    PSYC 364 Psychology of Adjustment or
    PSYC 365 Forensic Psychology or
    PSYC 370 Emotions and Mood or
    PSYC 382 Exceptional Children
  • PSYC 204 Research Methods & Analysis 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    2
12
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 231 Leadership and Human Relations or
    PSYC 232 Sex Roles and Behavior or
    PSYC 251 Introduction to Social Psychology or
    PSYC 351 Topics in Social Psychology or
    PSYC 379 Community Psychology
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in an alternative spring break

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Take Enhancing Well-being academic course
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Exercise daily
  • Take a fitness class at the Rec Center
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Join a club sport team
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • PSYC 302 Behavior Principles Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • PSYC 301 Biological Foundations of Behavior Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • BS Third Area Course
    4
  • PSYC 301 Biological Foundations of Behavior Exclamation Point
    3
  • PSYC Upper-Division Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • BS Third Area Course
    4
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • PSYC 302 Behavior Principles Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    1
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a football game
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

Academics

Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 423 Cognition and Memory or
    PSYC 424 Learning and Behavior Theory or
    PSYC 474 Applied Behavior Analysis or
    PSYC 234 Drugs and Behavior or
    PSYC 425 Perception or
    PSYC 426 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC Upper-Division Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PSYC Capstone
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 423 Cognition and Memory or
    PSYC 424 Learning and Behavior Theory or
    PSYC 474 Applied Behavior Analysis or
    PSYC 234 Drugs and Behavior or
    PSYC 425 Perception or
    PSYC 426 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC Capstone
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Exercise daily
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Become a TIPS (Training Intervention Program) trainer and help prevent alcohol misuse
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

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