Learning Goals

  • Core Knowledge base
    Successful students will demonstrate familiarity with theoretical foundations and studies that are part of the natural and mathematical sciences. Topics will include research methods, critical thinking, neuroscience, sensation and perception, memory, cognitive psychology, and learning.
  • Critical Thinking and Skepticism
    Successful students will learn critical thinking skills that can be applied to evaluate claims made by scientists, by practitioners, and found in the media.
  • Application to the Human Experience
    Successful students will use relevant theories to explain phenomena or make new predictions, and will appreciate how psychological science can be translated into practical solutions for problems that impact human lives.
  • Scientific Inquiry, Methodology, and Analysis
    • Successful students will have an understanding of the foundations of scientific inquiry, be able to distinguish experimental and nonexperimental research studies, and critique conclusions that can be drawn from these studies. 

    • Successful students will have an understanding of basic research methodology, including but not limited to research design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of results.

  • Professional Skills and Development
    Successful students will recognize that studying psychological science has value to a broad range of professions and industries.
  • Ethics
    Successful students will evaluate psychological research for compliance with ethical standards.
  • Diversity
    Successful students will understand how variations in environmental and biological factors give rise to individual differences.
  • Enthusiasm
    Successful students will be intrigued by the questions, answers, and conduct of psychological science, and will appreciate the stunning complexity of the brain, mind, and behavior.
Your learning and personal development as a psychology or neuroscience major will extend beyond the classroom. You’ll benefit from the strong sense of community created through peer relationships, mentoring relationships with faculty as a research or teaching assistant, earning credit for courses in which you get to apply your learning to help others.