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Requirements

PSYCHOLOGY

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

The student majoring in Psychology is exposed to the diversity of the discipline through the required core courses and the selection of appropriate electives.
 
Eight courses in Psychology, worth three or more credits, fulfilling the following requirements:

  • PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite for further Psychology courses)
  • PSYC BC1101 Statistics, taken with the accompanying BC1102 Statistics Recitation section (preferably before enrollment in any Laboratory courses)

Three core lecture courses, one from each group below:
Group A

  • PSYC BC1107 Psychology of Learning (BC1106 Psych of Learning Lab)
  • PSYC BC1115 Cognitive Psychology (BC1114 Cog Lab)

Group B

  • PSYC BC1110 Perception (BC1109 Perception Lab)
  • PSYC BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (BC1118 Neuroscience Lab)

Group C

  • PSYC BC1125 Personality (BC1124 Personality Lab)
  • PSYC BC1129 Developmental Psychology (BC1128 Developmental Lab)
  • PSYC BC1138 Social Psychology (BC1137 Social Lab)

 
Two laboratory courses. Either:

  • Two laboratory courses, one each from Group A, B, or C.
  • Or, PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory to Experimental Psychology plus one laboratory course from Group A, B, or C (taken with its accompanying lecture).

 
Senior Requirement, chosen from:

  • BC3599/3601-3608 Individual Projects (3 or 4 points);
  • BC3591x and 3592y Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis); or
  • any 3000-level BC psychology seminar approved by a Psychology Adviser

 
Additional Psychology Courses: one, two, or three courses should be taken to bring the total number of Psychology courses to eight.
 
Three courses outside of Psychology in related disciplines:

  • One course from the cognate disciplines
  • Two courses in a science, each with a laboratory section

Courses in Psychology

The eight required courses in Psychology must be worth three or more credits each. Accordingly, the following recitations and lab courses are worth fewer than three credits: BC1010, 1102, 1106, 1109, 1114, 1118, 1124, 1128, and 1137. Also, six of the eight courses must be taken at Barnard College.
 
Credit for Introductory Psychology Courses Taken at Other Colleges
The program in Psychology at Barnard emphasizes research, and PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology is designed to prepare the student for this orientation in middle and upper level courses. Approval for an introductory course taken at another school can be granted by the Department Representative when appropriate. A student who receives a score of a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in Psychology or a score of a 5 or a 6 on the International Baccalaureate exam in Psychology receives college credit and is not required to take PSYC BC1001. She must, however, take on additional psychology course in order to make up the total of eight courses for the major.
 
Statistics
This course is required for the major. The techniques of statistics are applied in laboratory courses, and are among the fundamentals of graduate training in all areas of psychology. Statistics is comprised of a lecture PSYC BC1101 and a recitation section PSYC BC1102, and is offered every semester. Majors are encouraged to take this course by the end of the sophomore year. Economics minors and double-majors can satisfy the requirement with ECON BC2411. Those who take BC2411 cannot also receive credit for PSYC BC1101. They will also need an extra psychology course to achieve the eight total psychology courses required for the major (or the five courses required for the minor). Students should consult with the Department Representative before enrolling in any other statistics course, as it may not be accepted towards the major or minor.
 
Senior Requirement
Included among the eight courses required for the major is a Senior Requirement taken in the senior year. Students must fulfill the Senior Requirement by completing one of the following options:

  • BC3599/3601-3608 Individual Projects (3 or 4 points);
  • BC3591x and 3592y Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis); or
  • any 3000-level BC psychology seminar approved by a Psychology Adviser

Alternatively, majors may elect to fulfill the Senior Requirement with a Columbia Psychology Department Seminar or Supervised Individual Research. (Those who elect this option may complete the major with five of the eight required courses at Barnard.) When in doubt, the student should consult with her major adviser. Students that choose to do a thesis enroll in BC3591x and 3592y Senior Research Seminar (two courses, one each semester, hence a year-long commitment). For all other 3000-level courses, you must notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the course will be used as your senior requirement. Please note that BC 3473 Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
 
Additional Psychology Courses
Additional courses (chosen from any course offered by the Department that is three credits or more) should be taken to bring the total number of Psychology courses to eight, including the Senior Requirement. For example, either two courses and a 3000 level seminar (as the Senior Requirement) or one course and a Senior Requirement that is two semesters long. A maximum of two of the following may count toward the major (though more could count toward College requirements):

  • Psychology BC3465 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center
  • Psychology BC3466 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center
  • Psychology BC3591 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis)
  • Psychology BC3592 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis)
  • Psychology BC3599/3601-3608 Individual Projects

Courses Outside Psychology
The three required courses in related disciplines should include: one course from the cognate disciplines (anthropology, computer science, economics, linguistics, philosophy, or sociology); and two courses in a science, both semesters accompanied by a 3-hour laboratory section (astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, or physics). A student may use AP credit towards the outside science requirement if the corresponding department (i.e. biology) and the College accept it as fulfilling the college science requirement.
 
Laboratory Courses
Psychology majors are required to take two laboratory courses in Psychology and two semesters of laboratory in other sciences. Students are strongly advised to take only one laboratory course per semester. 
 
General Education and Major Requirement: Together with BC1001 Introductory to Psychology lecture (3 credits), BC1010 (1.5 credits) fulfills one semester of a laboratory science in the Department of Psychology. This course plus any other lab course in Psychology will satisfy the two-semester lab requirement. (Majors still will need to take three lecture courses, one from each of Groups A, B, and C, and at least one with its lab.)
 
Also, students should check their calendar of commitments and review the lab attendance policy before signing up for a lab. Each laboratory follows the same policy about attendance:

  • You must attend every Laboratory meeting, and you must be present for the duration of the meeting.
  • You may not arrive late.
  • You may not depart before you complete the day's procedure.
  • If you miss more than a single Laboratory session you will be dismissed from the Laboratory and you will not be permitted to remain enrolled.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

The minor consists of five courses in Psychology (at least three credits each), including PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology, BC1101 & 1102 Statistics, and one course chosen from the groups (A, B, and C) listed for the major, taken with its accompanying laboratory course (BC1106, BC1109, BC114, BC1118, BC1124, BC1128, or BC1137). Please note that combining BC1001 and BC1010 Introductory Laboratory to Experimental Psychology does not count toward fulfilling the Psych minor lab requirement.
 
Two additional Psychology courses are required, chosen from any course offered by the Department that is three credits or more.
 
Three of the five psychology courses must be taken at Barnard. Exemptions and substitutions are as noted for the major.