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Undergraduate Suggested Course Sequence

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE

 

You have a lot of flexibility in building your class schedule over your time at ISU. Please work closely with your academic advisor in crafting a class schedule that meets your educational and professional goals.

In general, you can use the first digit of a course number to determine in which year it is suggested that you take the course. For example, students majoring in psychology typically complete PSY 101 (Introductory Psychology) in their first year. We recommend that students take PSY 201 (Introduction to Research Methods) early in their college career, typically in the second semester of their first year or in the first semester of their second year.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES OVER 8 SEMESTERS AT ISU:

 

FIRST YEAR AT ISU:

 

Fall Semester:

  • PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (1st of 5 required courses)

Spring Semester:

  • PSY 150: Introduction to Careers in Psychology (2nd of 5 required courses)
  • 200-level core course(e.g. PSY 240; 1st of 6 core courses)

SECOND YEAR AT ISU:

 

Fall Semester:

  • 200-level core course(e.g. PSY 266; 2nd of 6 core courses)

Spring Semester:

  • 200- or 300-level core course (e.g., PSY 270 or PSY 310; 3rd of 6 core courses)
  • PSI 321: Diversity & Ethics (3rd of 5 required courses)

THIRD YEAR AT ISU:

 

Fall Semester:

  • 300-level core course (e.g., PSY 362; 4th of 6 core courses)
  • PSY 375: Statistics in Psychology (4th of 5 required courses)
  • Elective in PSY (e.g. PSY 100; 1st of 3 electives)

Spring Semester:

  • PSY 376: Advanced Research & Writing (5th of 5 required courses)
  • Two (2) 300-level core course (e.g., PSY 368; 5th & 6th of 6 core courses)
  • 300-level elective (e.g., PSY 384, required for PSY 484; 2nd of 3 electives)

FOURTH YEAR AT ISU:

Fall Semester:

  • 300-level or 400-level elective (e.g. PSY 475; 3rd of 3 electives)

Spring Semester:

  • PSY 484 or 486 (Required culminating experience)

Department of Psychology