The four-year plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Psychology (BS or BA)

FALL - Semester 1

PSYC 166: General Psychology (or PSYC 266: Experimental Psychology if earned credit for PSYC 166)
Math class (as placed)
Foreign Language (BA/BS)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

SPRING - Semester 2

PSYC 266: Experimental Psychology
Math class (as placed) or STAT 190: Basic Statistics
Foreign Language (BA/BS)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

FALL - Semester 3

STAT 190: Basic Statistics (or Semester 4)
Required support Minor/Concentration course
Foreign Language (BA) or Quantitative/Formal Reasoning course (BS)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

SPRING - Semester 4

PSYC 3XX (Group 1-5)
STAT 190: Basic Statistics  (or semester 3)
Foreign Language (BA) or Quantitative/Formal Reasoning course (BS)
Required support Minor/Concentration course
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

FALL - Semester 5

PSYC 3XX (Group 1-5)
PSYC 3XX (Group 1-5)
Required support Minor/Concentration course
PSYC 380: Quantitative Research Design and Analysis in Psychology or STAT 375: ANOVA/Experimental Design or STAT 376: Nonparametric Statistics/Sampling or STAT 378: Linear Regression/Time Series (or semester 6)
Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS) (or semester 6)

SPRING - Semester 6

PSYC 3XX (Group 1-5)
PSYC 3XX-PSYC 4XX (Group 1-5)
Required support Minor/Concentration course
PSYC 380: Quantitative Research Design and Analysis in Psychology or STAT 375: ANOVA/Experimental Design or STAT 376: Nonparametric Statistics/Sampling or STAT 378: Linear Regression/Time Series (or semester 6)
Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS) (or semester 5)

FALL - Semester 7

PSYC 3XX-PSYC 4XX (Group 1-5 or elective)
PSYC 3XX-PSYC 4XX (Group 1-5 or elective)
PSYC 429: History and Systems of Psychology or PSYC 466: Psychological Research
Required support Minor/Concentration course
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

SPRING - Semester 8

PSYC 3XX-PSYC 4XX (Group 1-5 or elective)
PSYC 429: History and Systems of Psychology or PSYC 466: Psychological Research
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

Developmental/Social course options include PSYC 332: Child Development, PSYC 367: Social Psychology, PSYC 371: Applied Social Psychology, and PSYC 377: Developmental Psychology.

Biological course options include PSYC 321: Physiological Psychology,PSYC 334: Applied Psychophysiology, and PSYC 370: Human Sensation and Perception.

Cognitive/Behavioral course options include PSYC 331: Cognitive Psychology, PSYC 369: Behavior Modification, and PSYC 373: Learning and Memory.

Clinical/Personality course options include PSYC 333: Psychology of Personality, PSYC 366: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior, PSYC 368: Psychological Testing, and PSYC 412: Introduction to Clinical Psychology.

Advanced Topics course options include PSYC 337: The Autism Spectrum, PSYC 430: Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Behavior, PSYC 436: Evolutionary Psychology, PSYC 437: Attachment Theory, PSYC 438: Queer Psychology, PSYC 440: Psychology of Human Consciousness, PSYC 444: Cognitive Science, PSYC 445: Positive Psychology, and PSYC 446: Romantic Relationships.

Elective course options include any PSYC course, ES 363: Health & Wellness Psychology, ES 365: Injury and Rehabilitation Psychology, and SED 530: Psychology of the Exceptional Child.

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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