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Psychology Major

The psychology major provides a strong introduction to the basic principles and theories in the Psychological Sciences as well as coverage of the primary content areas in this discipline. During the major, students can to explore specialty areas of Psychology with elective courses. Those seeking a Psychology major may pursue certain careers where a bachelor’s degree in Psychology is helpful or may pursue graduate programs in Psychology.


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Online Psychology Major

The Department of Psychological Science is actively involved in online learning opportunities through Northern Michigan University’s Global Campus. NMU’s Global Campus houses all online and extended learning academic programs and oversees the first of its kind Educational Access Network, providing broadband LTE internet access to students throughout the region. Useful information about this program for current and prospective students is provided below. To apply for this program, visit the Global Campus Apply Now page.

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"After taking my first psychology course, I found myself wanting to learn more and sign up for more psychology-based classes. I have always been interested in different ways of obtaining happiness and how to help others obtain happiness. Through learning more about psychology, I knew I wanted to major in it because it was my passion. I am now getting ready to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling so I can continue to help people obtain happiness."


2021 Psychology Outstanding Graduating Senior


12 - 13

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science [SCII, LAB]
    or  PSY101 General Psychology 3 cr.

3 - 4

PSY 160 Seminar for Psychology Majors


PSY 201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications [QUAR]


PSY 202 Psychological Research II: Experimental Design and Methodology


PSY 489 Graduate Assessment for Psychology Majors (taken in final semester at NMU)




Breadth Areas

15 - 16

PSY 210 Developmental Psychology


PSY 220 Social Psychology 4
PSY 230 Learning and Cognition
    or ABA 205 Experimental Analysis of Behavior (4 cr.)
PSY 250 Brain and Behavior [SCII, LAB]
    or PSY 251 Topics on Brain and Behavior (3 cr.)
3 - 4

Concentration Areas

Choose one of the following concentration areas (Interdisciplinary Psychology Concentration, Brain and Behavior Concentration, Developmental Psychology Concentration, Mental Health/Pre-Clinical Psychology Concentration, or Social/Personality Psychology Concentration). All courses require completion (C- or higher) of PSY 201 and PSY 202. Some concentration areas have additional requirements. 



Interdisciplinary Psychology Concentration 8
One PSY or ABA courses at 300 level or higher (4 credits) 4
One PSY or ABA course at 400 level (4 credits) 4
Brain and Behavior Concentration 10
Courses in this concentration require completion of PSY 250 with a C- or higher.  
PSY 460A Practicum / Research: Brain and Behavior 2
Choose two of the following: 8
PSY 350 Neuropsychology (4 credits)  
PSY 450 Methods in Psychophysiology (4 credits)  
PSY 451 Sensation and Perception (4 credits)  
PSY 453 Affective Neuroscience (4 credits)  
PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 credits)  
Developmental Psychology Concentration 10
PSY 460B Practicum / Research: Developmental Psychology 2
Choose two of the following: 8
PSY 312 Child Psychology (4 credits)  
PSY 314 Adolescent Psychology (4 credits)  
PSY 316 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 credits)  
Mental Health / Pre-Clinical Psychology Concentration 14
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 4
PSY 460C Practicum / Research: Mental Health / Pre-Clinical Psychology  2
Choose two of the following: 8
PSY 340 The Ethics and Practice of Clinical Psychology (4 credits)  
PSY 342 Health Psychology (4 credits)  
PSY 440 Psychological Assessment (4 credits)  
PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 credits)  
Social / Personality Psychology Concentration 10
PSY 460D Practicum / Research: Social / Personality Psychology 2
Choose two of the following: 8
PSY 322 Social Cognition  
PSY 325 Psychology of Personality  
PSY 420 Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Culture  

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Psychology Core Courses
Course Credits Term Offered

PSY100 Introduction to Psychology (includes natural science lab)

4 credits

Fall and Winter

PSY160 Seminar for Psychology Majors

1 credit


PSY201 Psychological Research 1: Statistical Applications

4 credits

PSY202 Psychological Research 2: Experimental Design and Methodology 4 credits Fall

PSY489 Graduate Assessment for Psychology Majors (taken when graduating)

0 credits Fall, Winter, and Summer

Breadth Areas in Psychology


PSY221 Developmental Psychology


4 credits



PSY220 Social Psychology 4 credits Fall

PSY230 Learning and Cognition


4 credits


PSY251 Topics on Brain and Behavior

3 credits Winter
Interdisciplinary Concentration 8 credits  
One PSY class at 300 level or higher    
One PSY class at 400 lever or higher    


For more information about online and off-campus programs at NMU and how to apply, visit NMU's Global Campus Homepage

For questions about these programs, email the Department of Psychological Science ( or call 906-227-2935.