Independent Studies - Research for Credit

Independent studies are important for students planning to apply for graduate school. This experience gives students great opportunities to work with faculty in the research environment. Research credit can be earned through PSY 490 or PSY 491.

  • PSY 490 Special Problems in Psychology (fall, spring, summer)

    Description: Students work under the direction of a faculty member on an experimental, theoretical, or applied problem. This is a graded course. 

    Restrictions: As specified by the faculty of record. A maximum of 1 - 8 490/491 credits can be taken in a semester with a combined total of 12 independent study credits for the degree. Needs instructor and departmental approval.

  • PSY 491 Participation in Psychological Project (fall, spring, summer) 

    Description: Students participate in a psychological project under direction of a faculty member. This is a pass/no grade course (no grade, only credit). 

    Restrictions: As specified by the faculty of record. A maximum of 1 - 8 490/491 credits can be taken in a semester with a combined total of 12 independent study credits for the degree. Needs instructor and departmental approval.

​How to Locate Psychology Research Opportunities 

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There are opportunities in the Department of Psychology for students to get involved in a faculty member's research lab, either as a volunteer or for credit (via PSY 490 or PSY 491). The following are ways to identify these opportunities: 

• View Listings on the Psychology website.  Faculty and psychology graduate students post positions throughout the year. View the list.

• Read through the "Independent Studies" notebook in the advising library (100 PSY Building).

• Students can view the Research area of the Psychology website to identify research labs of interest and learn more about the faculty and students participating in that research area.  Many of the lab websites include recent publications that students can read prior to contacting the faculty.  After reviewing their information, students can contact those that most closely resemble their interests.