Renee Penalver teaching an Introduction to Psychology course

Course Requirements


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes — the basis for both a field of scientific knowledge and professional application.

Both required and elective courses in psychology are grounded in the scientific approach. As an important tool for the understanding of both theory and data, the study of basic statistical and methodological concepts is included among courses required of all psychology majors.

While we offer a single psychology major, there are many sub-areas within psychology to which you can tailor your coursework to support your interests and career plans. The following plans are merely suggestions, in terms of both courses and timing, to give you a sense of the flexibility a psychology major at Coe College affords you. Although a psychology major requires a minimum of 10 courses (six required, four electives), many of our majors elect to take more than the minimum number and/or to combine the psychology major with other concentrations.


A sample “Clinical/Counseling Psychology” plan

First Year

  • Introductory Psychology  (PSY100); Fall
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY235); Spring 

Second Year

  • Developmental Psychology (PSY205); Fall
  • Research Methods (PSY200); Fall
  • Introduction to Biopsychology (PSY250); Spring
  • Statistical Methods (PSY300); Spring

Third Year

  • Memory & Cognition (PSY490/490L): Fall
  • Internship in Psychology (PSY494); Spring

Fourth Year

  • Seminar in Psychology (PSY464) or Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY454); Fall
  • Counseling Psychology (PSY415); Spring

A sample “Go Straight into the Workforce” plan

First Year

  • Introductory Psychology  (PSY100); Fall
  • Research Methods (PSY200); Spring

Second Year

  • Statistical Methods (PSY300); Fall
  • Introduction to Biopsychology (PSY250); Spring

Third Year

  • Social Psychology (PSY255); Fall
  • Organizational Psychology (PSY245); Fall
  • Memory & Cognition (PSY490/490L): Spring
  • Internship in Psychology (PSY494); Spring

Fourth Year

  • Seminar in Psychology (PSY464) or Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY565); Fall
  • Testing & Measurement (PSY475); Spring
  • Industrial Psychology (PSY465); Spring

A sample “I Want to Study Off-Campus the Spring Semester of My Junior Year” plan

First Year

  • Introductory Psychology  (PSY100); Fall
  • Research Methods (PSY200); Spring

Second Year

  • Statistical Methods (PSY300); Fall
  • Introduction to Biopsychology (PSY250); Spring
  • An elective of interest to you

Third Year

  • Memory & Cognition (PSY490/490L): Fall
  • An elective of interest to you; Fall
  • Off-campus study; Spring

Fourth Year

  • Seminar in Psychology (PSY464) or Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY454); Fall
  • An elective of interest to you; Fall
  • An elective of interest to you; Spring

A sample “I Didn’t Decide to Major in Psychology until I Was a Sophomore 3-Year” plan

Second Year

  • Introductory Psychology  (PSY100); Fall
  • Research Methods (PSY200); Spring
  • An elective of interest to you; Spring

Third Year

  • Introduction to Biopsychology (PSY250); Fall
  • Statistical Methods (PSY300); Fall
  • An elective of interest to you; Spring
  • Internship in Psychology (PSY494); Spring

Fourth Year

  • Memory & Cognition (PSY490/490L): Fall
  • Seminar in Psychology (PSY464) or Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY454); Fall
  • Two electives of interest to you; Spring