Core - Must complete all three courses:

PY-101 Introduction to Psychology
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; S; 
An overview of the content and methodology in the field. Topics such as the history of psychology, physiological psychology, learning and memory, perception, motivation, child development, personality and social foundations are considered  


PY-260 Research Methods & Statistics I
Variable; Yearly; 4 Credits; CW,Q,S; 
Part one of a two-part sequence of Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology. This course focuses on becoming a better research producer and a research consumer from a psychological science perspective. Students will learn to think critically about media claims and accurately summarize primary source articles about behavior. Students will learn to use statistical software to accurately describe data. Students will learn to communicate effectively about research through written and oral work and make ethical judgments informed by APA ethical standards. Students will design and execute their own individual research studies. Prerequisite: PY-101


PY-361 Research Methods & Stats Psychology II
Fall & Spring; All Years; 4 Credits; S, CW, QS; 
This course focuses on becoming a better research producer and a research consumer from a psychological science perspective. Students will learn to think critically about media claims and accurately summarize primary source articles about behavior. Students will learn to use statistical software to accurately describe data. Students will learn to communicate effectively about research through written and oral work and make ethical judgments informed by APA ethical standards. Students will design and execute their own individual research studies.  

Breadth - Must complete four of six courses:

PY-203 Abnormal Psychology
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; S; 
A brief consideration is given to the historical approaches to " mental illness, " followed by a consideration of present day classification, diagnostic measures, and therapy. Emphasis throughout is upon experimental data as applied to the various disorders. Prerequisite: PY101.


PY-205 Social Psychology
Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; S; 
The study of human interaction and interpersonal relationships, including selected areas of current research and theory such as social perception, interpersonal communication, attitude formation and change, conformity, aggression, and interpersonal attraction.  Prerequisite: PY101.


PY-238 Biopsychology
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; S, N; 
Focuses on neurobiology and neuroanatomy as they relate to sensory processes, motivation, reinforcement, learning, and memory. Prerequisites: PY101 or BI105 or permission.


PY-270 Cognitive Neuroscience
Fall & Spring; Yearly; 3 Credits; S, N; 
Focuses on the neural mechanisms of mental processes including sensation and perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and decision making. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, functional imaging techniques, and evidence from neurotypical and clinical populations.  Prerequisites: PY101.


PY-304 Cognitive Psychology
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; S; 
Explores an array of issues in human memory, primarily from a cognitive/information processing point of view. Major emphasis is on using research data to formulate answers to both theoretical and applied questions.  Prerequisite: PY101.


PY-350 Developmental Psychology
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; S; 
This course is designed to integrate core topics in the discipline of developmental psychology with current key issues in society. Consequently, students will have the opportunity to analyze scientific literature and make connections to current, everyday life issues. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore developmental theory and its connection to public policy, known as " best practices " in parenting and education and consider developmental theory's influence on current trends in our broader society. Prerequisites: PY101 or ED120 or ED130.

Capstone - Must be taken senior year:

PY-415 Capstone in Psychology
Fall; Yearly; 3 Credits; S, CS; 
The purpose of this course is to assess the skills students acquire during their undergraduate career in the Psychology Department. Students will be expected to produce a written professional work.  Prerequisites: PY101 and PY309 and ND.SS214 and Senior standing.

Total credit hours = 26 (for mandatory requirements)

  • Juniata POEs must have 45-63 credits, including 18 or more upper-level credits (i.e., 300-400 level).
  • Designated POE in Psychology must contain a minimum of 36 psychology credits, but may contain credits from outside the department with advisor’s approval.
  • Psychology Internship (PY 490) may not count as part of the upper-level course requirements.
  • Up to six credits of research (PY 340/341) may be counted toward the 45-credit minimum for the POE.