Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Course Repeats

The following courses may not be repeated more than once: PSY103, PSY333/L, PSY335, PSY353/L, PSY354/L, PSY444


  • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) – CI
  • PSY333/L Statistics for Psychology and Social Sciences (4) – CT; QL
  • PSY335 Junior Seminar in Psychology (3)
  • PSY353/L Research Methods in Psychology (4)
  • PSY354/L Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (4) – RP; ILIT; WI
  • PSY444 Senior Thesis (3) – ILIT; RP; WI
  •  Additional Required Courses (42 credits)
    • Complete the following courses : (12)
      • PSY210 Social Psychology (3)-CT;CI
      • PSY215 Cognitive Psychology (3)
      • PSY219 Psychology of Mental Illness (3)-CT
      • PSY314 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)- CT; CI
    • SELECT ONE course from each AREA (9 credits): (students must have completed at least one 200 level course before taking any 300 level courses):
      • Social/Personality/Developmental Area:
        • PSY218 Personality Psychology (3)
        • PSY220 Life Span Development (3)
        • PSY214 Psychology of Adolescence (3)-CT
        • PSY301 The Psychology of Human Sexuality and Sexual Health (3) -CT
        • PSY318 Heros, Healers, and Do-Gooders: The Psychology of Helping and Altruism (3) -CI
      • Cognitive/Biological Area:
        • PSY216  Learning and Behavioral Modification (3)
        • PSY217 Sensation and Perception (3)-CT
        • PSY380 Drugs & Behavior (3) – CT
      • Clinical/Applied Area:
        • PSY231 Behavioral Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence(3)
        • PSY306 Forensic Psychology (3)-CT
        • PSY308 Health Psychology (3) – CT
        • PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3)
        • PSY309 Assessment in Psychology and Education (3)
    • SELECT ONE additional elective course from any of the above 3 AREAS (3 credits).  Additionally, PSY457 – Independent Research Study may be substituted as this elective course.
    • SELECT ONE Psychology Course (3 credits): Pre-requisites for this requirement are: completion of PSY103, and completion of a minimum of 55 credits
      • PSY391 Psychology and Culture (3) – CT, CI
      • PSY393 The Origins of Psychology (3)
      • PSY445 Senior Practicum in Psychology (3)
      • SELECT THREE laboratory courses in biochemistry, biology,  chemistry, or physics (12 credits)
      • SELECT ONE of the additional options (3 credits)
        • Option 1:  one additional laboratory course in biochemistry, biology,  chemistry, or physics  (3 credits; 1 credit lab will count in free electives) OR
        • Option 2: one additional course in  psychological sciences from list below (3 credits)
          • PSY216 – Learning and Behavior Modification
          • PSY217 – Sensation & Perception
          • PSY380 – Drugs and Behavior


  • CMP101 English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • Mathematics: Mathematics: must be 100 level or higher (3)
  • Foreign Language and Core Electives: 36 credits

NOTE: Courses count as core only if the credits completed have a competency. If a course does not have a competency, it will fulfill the particular requirement but will count under the Free Electives, AND an additional 3 credits in Core Electives must be taken for each course which does not have a competency.

NOTE: Foreign Language Requirement (6 credits). Students must complete 6 credits of language study (6 credits must be in the same language, for example, two 3-credit courses in Spanish; courses in sign language cannot be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement)


Courses used to fulfill the free electives may have a competency, but free electives are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in Psychology courses.


Admission to Upper Division Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C- in PSY333/L
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in the major.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C- in PSY333/L; PSY335; PSY353/L; PSY354/L; PSY444
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in the major.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS, Psychology  or BS, Psychology Pre-Med Track,  from the Psychological Sciences Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.