The Department of Psychology offers undergraduate majors in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, a minor in psychology and has an honors in the major program.
Psychology uses scientific methods to attempt to understand, describe, predict and control behavior. The study of human behavior and animal behavior are two broad categories of specialization. Within each category further areas of specialized study are possible and can be matched to career aspirations. The undergraduate program in Psychology at FSU offers students a broad background in many areas of Psychology and is flexible enough to allow the advanced student to specialize in an area of his/her greatest interest. View the program guide for more about curriculum and a sample course schedule.
Behavioral Neuroscience Major
The undergraduate degree in Neuroscience offers focused study of the brain. The curriculum emphasizes Biology and Psychology, with essential foundations in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics. The unique multi-disciplinary breadth of the Neuroscience degree prepares students for a variety of STEM-related careers – scientific research and/or education, numerous health professions, biomedical engineering, computer and cognitive science, as well as several human-centered professions such as law and economics.
Honors in the Major
In some cases, advanced students may have opportunities to conduct their own research under the supervision of a faculty member through our honors in the major program. If you are interested in completing an Honors Thesis as part of the Honors in the Major program in the Psychology Department, you will need to complete both the form required by the Honors in the Major program AND the form specific to the Psychology Department.
Twelve (12) credit hours of psychology are required for a minor in psychology. Three (3) of these twelve (12) hours must be General Psychology. A minimum of six (6) of the required hours must be completed at FSU. Grades below a 'C-' will not be accepted for credit toward the minor. Courses taken pass/fail (S/U) cannot count toward the minor. Courses with a WST prefix also cannot count toward a psychology minor. Courses taken at another university or community college need to be evaluated by the Academic Advising Office to determine transfer credit. No courses used for satisfying Liberal Studies requirements may also count toward the minor. Thus, if PSY 2012 was taken to fulfill the Liberal Studies requirement for Social Sciences, students must take another Liberal Studies Social Science course to replace PSY 2012.