Major

The Department of Psychology offers a general major of 36-54 credits. Majors also have the choice of declaring a concentration within the major, which entails more specific requirements and some additional coursework.

Requirements for the General Psychology Major (without concentration)

  • PSYC.1010 Introduction to Psychological Science (3 credits)

One course in each of the following four sub-fields of Psychology (12 credits)

Human Development (3 credits)

  • PSYC.2600 Child & Adolescent Development

Individual Differences (3 credits)

  • PSYC.2320 Psychology of Personality; or
  • PSYC.2720 Abnormal Psychology

The Social Context (3 credits)

  • PSYC.2090 Social Psychology; or
  • PSYC.2550 Community Psychology

Basic Processes (3 credits)

  • PSYC.2730 Brain, Mind & Behavior; or
  • PSYC.2760 Theories of Learning; or
  • PSYC.2770 Sensation and Perception; or
  • PSYC.2780 Cognitive Psychology

Each of the following courses (9 credits)

  • PSYC.2690 Research I: Methods (Must earn grade of C or higher)
  • PSYC.3690 Research II: Statistics (Must earn grade of C or higher)
  • PSYC.3750 Research III: Laboratory

One Advanced Psychology Seminar (3 credits)

  • PSYC.471x Seminar in Community Psychology
  • PSYC.473x Seminar in Social Psychology
  • PSYC.474x Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC.475x Seminar in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC.477x Seminar in Contemporary Trends
  • PSYC.478x Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC.479x Seminar in Behavioral Psychology

One 4000-level or above Psychology elective (3 credits)

Two 3000 or higher level Psychology electives (6 credits)

Optional Additional Courses (0-18 credits)

Requirements for the Psychology Major with a Concentration

Psychology majors may apply for a concentration once they have completed at least 10 credits in Psychology, including PSYC.2010, Professional Development in Psychology (1 credit), and after at least one semester and 12 UMass Lowell credits with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students in a concentration combine study, research, and applied work to acquire specialized knowledge and experience applying the principles of their chosen field. As part of each concentration, students will fulfill the requirements of the major as shown above plus additional credits, but with some of the choices in the major limited to designated courses. All students in a concentration will take PSYC.2010 (1 credit) and will complete PSYC.4800 / 4810, Concentration Practicum I and II (6 credits), a year-long field practicum that combines applied and academic work. Students are not required to pursue a concentration; they may choose to remain in the general 36-54-credit major.

Behavior Analysis

Students will undertake study and work that help them to apply an understanding of the antecedents and consequences of behaviors to behavioral assessment and treatment in a variety of applications in the field of behavior analysis, as preparation for entry-level positions in various educational and human service settings. They will also be well prepared for entry into graduate programs in behavior analysis.

Specific Requirements: PSYC.20101; PSYC.2760; PSYC.479x; PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; and PSYC.3120.

1Additional credits required for concentration, 40 credits total.

Clinical Psychology

Students will pursue coursework, research, and applied projects that help them grasp the nature of clinical psychology as a science, and the best practices for pursuing diagnosis and treatment within the scientific paradigm. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions related to the field, and also prepared for entry into graduate study in areas such as social work, counseling, and school psychology.

Specific Requirements: PSYC.20101; PSYC.2550; PSYC.2720; PSYC.2760; PSYC.475x; PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; PSYC.3610; and PSYC.3620 or PSYC.3450.

1Additional credits required for concentration, 40 credits total.

Community Social Psychology

Students will engage in study and work related to understanding how community-level interventions can influence individual health and well-being, and vice versa. The community psychology program focuses particularly on issues related to alleviating inequity and pursuing social justice and social empowerment. The overall orientation is a prevention approach that focuses on helping communities build on their strengths. Students will be prepared for entry-level work with a variety of community organizations, as well as preparation for graduate study in this area.

Specific Requirements: PSYC.20101; PSYC.2090 and PSYC.25501; PSYC.471x (or, with permission, a 5000-level graduate course); PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; and any two of PSYC.3050, PSYC.3080, PSYC.3360, PSYC.3450.

1Additional credits required for concentration, 43 credits total.

Developmental Disabilities

Students will pursue work and study that give them a knowledge base in the rapidly developing field of disability studies, with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Students will be prepared for entry-level work in the assessment and treatment of disabilities, as well as for graduate-level study in areas such as autism studies and behavior analysis. Within this concentration are two tracks: one focuses on children and adolescents, the other on adults.

Specific Requirements for Child-Adolescent Focus: PSYC.20101; PSYC.47xx (but must have focus on disabilities); PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; and PSYC.3610, PSYC.3620, PSYC.36301.

Specific Requirements for Adult Focus: PSYC.20101; PSYC.2720; PSYC.47xx (but must have focus on disabilities); PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; and PSYC.3600, PSYC.36201, PSYC.3630.

1Additional credits required for concentration, 43 credits total.

Health Psychology

Students will pursue work and study focused on the relationship between psychological principles and physical health. They will learn how psychological knowledge and methods can be applied to health promotion and disease prevention and treatment. Students will be prepared for entry-level work in hospitals and other healthcare settings that offer programs in areas such as sex education, smoking cessation, alcohol and drug abuse, healthful eating, and exercise.

Specific Requirements: PSYC.20101; PSYC.2720; PSYC.2730; PSYC.47xx (but must have focus on health); PSYC.4800 and PSYC.48101; PSYC.3450; and PSYC.4860, PSYC.4880, or PSYC.4910.

1Additional credits required for concentration, 40 credits total.

Undergraduate majors with a strong academic record may apply to one of the department’s two Bachelor’s/Master’s programs that enable them to begin graduate study while still completing their Bachelor’s degree. For information about these options, see Community Social Psychology or Autism Studies in the graduate catalog.

View the complete Degree Pathways.

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

Students in the Psychology major are required to satisfy the language requirement of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences by choosing between two tracks: World Languages (up to 12 credits) or World Ready (15 credits).

Psychology cumulative grade point average must be a minimum of 2.20 in order to graduate.

Students transferring to the university and wishing to major in Psychology need to contact the chair of the department regarding satisfaction of major requirements. In addition, students wishing to change their major from another college or department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell must have a minimum of 2.20 cumulative average.

For more information visit the Psychology Department website or contact us.