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Psychology Curriculum

The psychology department at Elmira College offers a curriculum that has strength and variety which are unusual at undergraduate institutions. Building on the broad base of the faculty's expertise, psychology majors develop flexible and individualized programs of study. The core of each program is a solid training in the basic theories and research methods of psychology. The rest of a student's program can branch out into areas as diverse as life span development, counseling, social issues, or topics in business. The cohesive and energetic atmosphere of the psychology department promotes student involvement in various projects and groups, including the Psychology Club and the national honor society in psychology, Psi Chi. Students who major in psychology at Elmira College go on to successful careers not only in psychology, but also in a variety of occupations including business and law.

Required Courses

PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology
PSY 2602: Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSY 3080: Experimental Psychology (W course)
PSY 4010: History and Systems

Foundations Courses from those below
PSY 2030: Personality
PSY 2650: Psychology of Learning
PSY 3010: Social Psychology
PSY 3030: Cultural Psychology
PSY 3100: Physiological Psychology
PSY 3140: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 3220: Theories of Human Development
PSY 3410: Cognitive Psychology 

A capstone course from those below 
PSY 4080: Advanced Research Methods 
PSY 4590: Advanced Seminar 

Twelve credits, at least 6 of which must carry the PSY field code. The remaining 6 elective credits may be chosen from any PSY course or from the list below. For a course to count as an elective, it must be at least 3 credits; 6 credit courses count as one 3 credit course. You may choose from:

BIO 2141: Animal Behavior 
CRJ 3200: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice 
CRJ 3225: The Child, The Family, and The Law 
EDU 3110: Educational Psychology (W course) 
HMS 2010: Chemical Dependency 
HMS 2020: Mental Health Services 
HMS 2025: Death and Dying 
HMS 3006: Observing Child Behavior 
MKT 3250: Consumer Behavior (W course)
SPH 2250: Language Development


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.