Course Information

The Department of Psychology provides relevant courses for many undergraduate students. Students in a variety of 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. The specific Psychology degree requirements can be found in the Psychology Handbook.


  • Description of Courses

    Psychology and MSU campus-wide course descriptions are available in the Description of Courses Catalog.

  • Schedule of Courses

    To locate when and where courses are offered, the Schedule of Courses is very helpful. This is also the system students use to sign up for their courses.

  • Psychology Online Course Information

    Online Psychology Courses

    Online Psychology Courses

    Summer Session I: May 11, 2020 to June 25, 2020

    • PSY 101- Into to PSY
    • PSY 200- Cog PSY
    • PSY 209-Brain & Behavior
    • PSY 235- Social PSY
    • PSY 236- Personality
    • PSY 244- Dev. PSY Infancy & Chldhd
    • PSY 280- Abnormal PSY
    • PSY 316- Child Dom. Violence
    • PSY 317- Sexual Assault
    • PSY 320- Health PSY
    • PSY 424- Child & Family PSY 

    Summer Session II: June 29, 2020 to August 13, 2020

    • PSY 101- Into to PSY
    • PSY 236- Personality
    • PSY 316- Child Dom. Violence
    • PSY 317- Sexual Assault
    • PSY 320- Health PSY
    • PSY 395- Design and Measurement 

    Full Summer Session: May 11, 2020 to August 13, 2020

    • PSY 371- Psychological Innovat & Res I
    • PSY 372- Psychological Innovat & Res II
    • PSY 382- Internship in Psychology


    Register for Undergraduate Online Courses

    In order to take an Online course, you must either be an Undergraduate at Michigan State University or you must take the course through Lifelong Education.  Below are links to the relevant sites to register.  If you are not currently an MSU student, registration will get you an MSU ID that you will need to access the D2L websites described below which are associated with the Online courses.

    Registration for current MSU students

    Registration if you are not an MSU student     Once at this site click on "". to confirm you have completed your application as a Lifelong Student. If completed you will be able to enroll using the enrollment system during the designated enrollment periods. In order to enroll you must have initiated your MSUNet ID and password.

    Schedule of Courses      This includes information about the courses offered and the sessions in which they are offered.  Centered across the top is a drop down menu.  Look for “Search Semester” next to the menu and choose "Summer 2020". 

    Get Ready for Your Online Courses- Steps to Follow

    In a traditional course, the class usually begins when students go to a local bookstore to buy their textbooks and then to a classroom on the first scheduled day of class and receive a syllabus, an introduction to the course by the instructor, etc.  The "electronic classroom" for an Online course at Michigan State University is a website in a course management system called Desire2Learn.  Psychology courses will be taught through D2L. To enter the D2L website you will have to have an MSU ID.  Once you have your MSU ID and can enter the D2L website you will have access to your on-line courses.   Book information can be found on the Schedule of Courses. Click the section number of the course you have enrolled in. It will help you identify needed books and important dates.

    1)    Get an MSU NetID. Current MSU students have them already.  The NetID is used by MSU to provide access to the central email system and many other services on campus.  An MSU NetID is a unique, alphanumeric identifier of two to eight characters and is generated automatically from the user's name (and is the portion of your e-mail address before the @).  To learn more about how to get your MSU NetID or how to use it go to: 2) Log into D2L - Have your MSU Net ID and password.   If you have forgotten your MSU NetID password, please go to:  If you are a registered student and have a problem accessing D2L, please contact the help desk at 1 -844-678-6200 (North America and Hawaii) Local: 1-517-432-6200. To log into D2L go to:


    3) Access Your Online Psychology course

    The OPENING DATES of your classes will be

    Session One and Full Session:  May 11, 2020 Session Two:  June 29, 2020

    In order to enter your Desire2Learn course, log in to D2L. Once you log in you will be at "My Home" page. This shows all your D2L Courses. Navigate to your summer online course by clicking the name of the course offering. Courses are shown by semester in reverse chronological order. There is a "pin" function to keep any courses that you want on the top of the list. These courses will have an orientation that will be completed in order to view the course content. 


  • Psychology Course Syllabi

    The Psychology Department posts all of the course syllabi online at the beginning of each semester.  Syllabi from previous semesters can also be found here.


  • 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 for courses outside of Psychology. Students requesting an override should print off the Psychology Override Form and take it to the instructor of the course. The signed form can be returned to 100 Psychology for the override to be processed. Students will then still need to enroll in the course. If permission for the override has taken place via MSU e-mail, please forward the email from the instructor to Audra Jeffrey and Kim Brown along with the student's name, semester taking course, course number and section, and the student's major. 


  • 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 (

  • PSY 493 Expanded Descriptions
    *PSY 493 expanded descriptions and prerequisites are available on the psychology undergraduate website and from the course listing on http//  Each section of PSY 493 covers a different topic.  Students should read descriptions of all 400 level writing courses.  Most of these courses do have prerequisites and are offered in varying semesters.