CCNY Undergraduate Psychology Degree Requirements

Students must take at least 32 credits in Psychology as outlined below:

Common Requirements:

All undergraduates must take the following courses, beginning with PSY 10200.

  • PSY 10200 - Psychology in the Modern World (3 Credits)
  • PSY 21500 - Applied Statistics (4 Credits)
  • PSY 32100 - Experimental Psychology (4 credits)

11 Credits in Total..

Gateway Requirements:

Must take at least one course (3 credits) in three of the four major Concentration Areas of psychology listed below.

  • Developmental
    • PSY 22600 - Developmental Psychology OR
    • PSY 24600 - Infancy and Childhood
  • Social Personality
    • PSY 24700 - Social Psychology OR
    • PSY 24900 - Psychology of Personality¬†
  • Cognitive
    • PSY 25300 - Thinking, Knowing, and Remembering
  • Biological
    • PSY 25400 - Brain, Mind, and Behavior

9 Credits in Total.

Advanced Courses:

Students must take three 300-level courses. 300-level courses use the required 200-level gateway courses as prerequisites.

9 Credits in Total.

Final Advanced Course:

A 300-level course, 400-level course, or Masters-level course (permission of advisor required) from any of the four major areas of psychology.

3 Credits in Total.

Departmental Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum:
  1. To promote critical thinking and to enable students to acquire and apply critical thinking to the content of a discipline and to practical problems they confront in other settings. We understand critical thinking to include at least these components:
    1. Evaluating fact-based evidence.
    2. Engaging in both inductive and deductive logical reasoning.
    3. Identifying and considering multiple points of view.
    4. Applying the above processes to problem-solving.
  2. To enable students to understand basic and more advanced psychological theories, principles, and concepts in a variety of areas such as, human development, social interaction, psychopathology, cognitive processes, and the biological bases of behavior.
  3. To enable students to explore connections between published research findings and their applications. This will prepare students to apply psychological concepts to their own lives and experiences.
  4. To enable students to evaluate hypotheses, research designs, research findings, and theories.
  5. To enable students to formulate questions and hypotheses, design research protocols, and analyze research findings.
  6. To enable students to develop competence in quantitative reasoning and applying statistical procedures on a conceptual level and through the use of statistical software packages.
  7. To enable students to understand the difference between pseudo-science and science and apply such understanding to media reports about psychology.
  8. To enable students to apply psychological concepts and principles to understanding social, political, and cultural phenomena (including, for example, issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability).
  9. To enable students to act ethically, both in the conduct of research and in their everyday interactions.
  10. To enable students to develop effective communication skills in oral, written, and numerical formats.