Sample High Density Degree Pathway for Psychology

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

To read more about 3-year, High Density Degrees visit the HD Degree websiteHD

First Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) 3
PSYC.1010 Intro to Psychological Science 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar4 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
PSYC.2600 Child and Adolescent Dev. 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
Total 16

Summer Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.2320/2720 Personality or Abnormal Psych. 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
Total 9

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.2090/2550 Soc or Comm. Psychology (DCA) 3
PSYC.2690 Research I: Methods (IL)1 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective3 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.3690 Research II: Statistics (QL)1 3
PSYC.27xx Experimental Psychology2 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective3 3
Total 16

Summer Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.3/4xxx Psychology Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Psych. or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 9

Third Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.3750 Research III: Laboratory (CTPS), (AIL) 3
PSYC.47xx Advanced Seminar (SRE), (WOC)5 3
xxxx.xxxx Psych. or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx 3000/4000 Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective3 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PSYC.4xxx Advanced Psychology Elective 3
PSYC.3/4xxx Psychology Elective 3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Summer Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Psychology or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 9

Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Students must earn a grade of C or higher.

2
Choose from PSYC.2730, PSYC.2760, PSYC.2770 or PSYC.2780.

3World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog. The World Language language requirement can be met with Sign Language. Contact the Psychology Chair for more information on this option.

4Required for entering Freshmen in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences.

5Choose from PSYC.4730, PSYC.4740, PSYC.4750, PSYC.4770, or PSYC.4780

A major in psychology consists of 36 - 54 psychology credits with at least 18 credits at the 3000 level or higher. Students transferring to the college and wishing to major in psychology must make individual arrangements with the department chairperson regarding satisfaction of major course requirements. To graduate with a Psychology degree, students must have a 2.2 GPA in psychology courses and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0.

The following program of study assumes classes are taken during each of the three summers, as shown below. If students can carry one extra course per fall-spring semester, it would only be necessary to register for one summer session.

Free elective credits may be used to fulfill requirements for an additional major and/or minor area of study.

Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcomes in the major are met as follows:

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) is met by taking PSYC.2090 or PSYC.2550
  • Information Literacy (IL) is met by taking PSYC.2690
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE) is met by taking PSYC.47xx
  • Written and Oral Communication (emphasizing Writing in the Discipline) (WOC) is met by taking PSYC.47xx
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS) is met by taking PSYC.3750
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL) is met by taking PSYC.3750
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL) is met by taking PSYC.3690

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty adviser to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser.

Psychology Major Requirements

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last Updated: 10/13/2017