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Psychology Course Information

The Department of Psychology provides relevant courses for many undergraduate students. Students in many different majors elect to complement their education, and improve the understanding of self and others, by completing course work in Psychology. Students who major in Psychology should expect to receive a general/liberal education. Psychology students take the introductory course, sample basic sub-disciplinary courses, and receive training in methods and data analysis to exercise judicious long-range planning by incorporating prerequisite course work into their schedules early in their academic careers.


Description of Courses

Psychology Course Descriptions, as well as all MSU course descriptions are available at: http://www.reg.msu.edu/Courses/Search.asp.


Schedule of Courses

To locate when and where courses are offered, the Schedule of Courses is very helpful. You can find it on-line at: http://schedule.msu.edu/.


Psychology On-line Summer Course Information

Information about Psychology On-line courses is available at: http://psychology.msu.edu/Undergrads/OnlineCourseInformation.aspx.


Psychology Course Syllabi

The Psychology Department posts all of their course syllabi on-line at the beginning of each semester. They can be found at: Syllabi (Past/Present).


Psychology Transfer Credit Request

This form is for students who have taken or plan to take a Psychology course at another institution AND the course is not listed on the MSU Transfer credit system (https://transfer.msu.edu/)

Psychology Transfer Credit Request Form


Course Overrides

On occasion, overrides are given to students needing a course that is full. Every department on campus takes care of their own overrides, so the Psychology Department cannot give overrides to other courses outside of Psychology. If you need an override outside of Psychology, contact the department offering the desired course to find out the override procedure for that particular department. If you would like to request an override for a Psychology course, please print off the Psychology Override Form and take it to the instructor of the course. The signed form can be returned to 100 Psychology so that the override can be given. You will then still need to enroll in the course. If permission for the override has taken place via your MSU e-mail account, please forward the e-mail from the instructor to Keitha Kasel along with your name, PID number, semester taking course, course number and section, and your major.

Psychology Course Override Form


Prep for On-line Classes

The Department of Psychology has greatly increased its summer offerings of on-line courses over the past few years. Many students have questions about how to take these courses and also what technology requirements there are. The following website will provide students with information about Psychology On-line Courses: Online Course Information.

Psychology Summer On-line Course Flyer

Areas of Psychology

The undergraduate degree is constructed in such a way that you will sample various sub-disciplines and complete some advanced course work in one or two of them. This versatility will enhance your employment opportunities in the private sector, as well as your appeal to a graduate admissions committee.

Cognitive Psychology

PSY 200  Cognitive Psychology
PSY 401  Memory and Skill
PSY 402  Sensation and Perception

Cognitive psychologists study how humans select, store, and use information. Problems of interest include understanding attention (how we select information), sensory mechanisms (e.g., vision), reading, memory, language comprehension and production, thinking, decision making, and skill development.

Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY 209  Brain and Behavior
PSY 402  Sensation and Perception
PSY 409  Psychobiology of the Lifespan
PSY 410  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
PSY 411  Psychobilogy of Motivation
PSY 413  Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

Neuroscientists in the department are interested in studying brain-behavior relations. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena including biological rhythms, mammalian social development, neuroendocrinology, puberty, photoperiodism, and reproductive behavior.

Social Psychology

PSY 235  Social Psychology
PSY 339  Psychology of Women
PSY 440  Attitudes and Social Cognition

Social psychologists are interested in studying behaviors and mental activities that relate to humans in the social environment. Social psychologists in the department study a variety of phenomena and problem areas including attitudes, biases in interpersonal behavior, cooperation, decision making, distributive justice decisions, gender differences, group performance, presentation of self, psychology and the law, self concept and stereotypes.

Personality Psychology

PSY 236  Personality Psychology
PSY 280  Abnormal Psychology
PSY 475  Personality Theories

Personality psychologists study individual differences in behavior and human motivation. Psychologists in the sub-discipline of clinical psychology, particularly in academic settings, are likely to be interested both in accumulating knowledge about personality and applying that knowledge to solve human problems. Faculty in the sub-disciplines of personality and clinical psychology study human motivation and social systems, interpersonal skill enhancement, parenting, family therapy, clinical intervention, psychotherapy, depression, and schizophrenia. Students can take undergraduate courses taught by clinical psychologists, but professional clinical training is provided only in a graduate program.

Developmental Psychology

PSY 244  Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood
PSY 444  Developmental Psychology: Adolescence Through Youth
PSY 424  Child and Family Psychopathology

Developmental psychologists are interested in social, cognitive, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena including alcoholism, conduct disorders, friendships, handedness, school achievement, temperament and learning, and changes with age in behavioral and cognitive functioning. Sex differences in social and cognitive development are also studied.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

PSY 255  Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 455  Personnel Research Techniques
PSY 382  Business Psychology Summer Internship

Industrial and Organizational psychology applies principles of psychology to people, problems in industry, business, marketing, equipment design, and other practical situations in which normal adults relate to each other. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena and problem areas including decision making, job satisfaction, employee evaluation, personnel selection, work motivation and productivity, teamwork, technological innovation, and training programs for employees.

Community Psychology

PSY 270  Community Psychology
PSY 316  Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence: Promoting Resiliency
PSY 317  Sexual Assault: Context, Interventions and Prevention
PSY 371  Psychological Innovations and Research I
PSY 372  Psychological Innovations and Research II
PSY 381  Internship Training in Psychology
PSY 382  Human Service Internship in Psychology

Community psychologists bring humanitarian and scientific thought and research to bear upon critical human problems. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of interests including child abuse and neglect, community mental health treatments, intervention programs and innovations, sociocultural influences on mental health, and stress and coping in children. Students can participate in these studies through practicum and internship experiences.