North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

You may pursue either a B.A. or a B.S. degree with a major in psychology or a minor in psychology. Students majoring in any discipline can earn a neuroscience minor.

The B.A. Psychology major requires the following courses:

• Core courses
     PSY 100 Psychology: The Science of Behavior
     PSY 250 Statistics
     PSY 255 Research Design & Experimentation

• Theoretical perspectives
     Social (choose one):
     PSY 240 Social Psychology
     PSY 310 Cultural Psychology
Biological (choose one):
     PSY 200 Evolutionary Psychology
     PSY 280 Drugs & Behavior
     PSY 370 Physiological Psychology
Cognitive/Learning (choose one):
     PSY 340 Learning
     PSY 345 Cognitive Psychology
Developmental (choose one):
     PSY 210 Child Development
     PSY 220 Psychology of Adolescence
• Depth (choose at least one of the following):
     400-level Seminar
     400-level Independent Study (required for the B.S. degree)
     400-level Internship

The B.S. Psychology degree requires the following additional courses:

• PSY 360 Psychology Assessment
• MTH 152 Calculus II
• At least six credit hours from two of the following areas:
     - Computer Science
     - Mathematics above MTH 152
     - Life science or physical science course(s) outside the major discipline, beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirements, and that count toward a major in a science discipline.

Minor in Psychology:

A minimum of 21 credit hours to include PSY 100, PSY 250 and at least 3 credits at the 300 level.

In addition, you may wish to take certain elective courses to help you explore and prepare for particular career paths.

For example, if you’re interested in careers in business or in Industrial Psychology, you may wish to take PSY 270 Industrial Psychology, PSY 360 Tests and Measurement, and some electives in the business department.

If you’re interested in careers in the helping professions, you may want to take some of the following courses:
• PSY 324 Abnormal Psychology
• PSY 325 Child Psychopathology
• PSY 350 Counseling

Minor in Neuroscience (Effective Fall 2015):

The minor consists of 24 credit hours. Eighteen of those hours are met by the required courses below with an additional six credit hours coming from the listed elective courses.

Required Courses (18 credit hours):
     BIO 151 Biological Investigations I
     NSC 100 Introduction to Neuroscience
     NSC 200 Behavioral Neuroscience
     NSC 300 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
     PSY 100 Psychology: Science of Behavior

  Elective Courses (6 credit hours):
      CHM 141 General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules
      NSC 280 Drugs and Behavior
      NSC 499 Independent Study
      PHL 215 Bioethics
      PSY 345 Cognitive Psychology