BA/BS in Psychology

This major is intended for students interested in a general and flexible exploration of experimental psychology. Psychology majors may choose either a BA or BS.

Learning Objectives

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Eleven courses of at least 3 semester-hour credits are required to complete the major.
  • Courses taken to fulfill the major (including Related Field) normally may not be taken pass-fail (PSY 99 is an exception when used as an elective).
  • No more than two independent study courses (Psychology 91 and 92, 97 and 98, 99, 191 and 192, 199; note that 181 and 182 are not independent study) may be counted toward the major. Only one of the two courses used to fulfill the 100-level requirement may be independent study (i.e., an honors thesis student may use one semester of PSY 199 as an elective and one semester as a 100-level, but these would be the only two independent study courses allowed to count toward major requirements).
  • Students scoring 4 or 5 on the Psychology AP exam, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) exam, or A or B on the GCE A-level exam earn credit for PSY 1. In other words, the student earns 3 semester-hour credits and does not need to take PSY 1 for the major. Students may substitute Child Study and Human Development 1 for PSY 1 for prerequisite purposes, but they must take an additional psychology course in order to reach the 11 courses required for the major.
  • PSY 32 must be completed at Tufts.
  • As of the Fall 2019 semester, Psychology majors may fulfill their statistics requirement by taking PSY 31 or one of four other courses (BIO 132, CEE 6, CEE 156, CSHD 140). Students who arrived on campus before Fall 2019 may also make use of the old policy, which permitted double-majors in Economics to count EC 13 as their statistics course and double-majors in Math to count MATH 162; these exceptions no longer apply for new Tufts students. The department does not accept the Statistics AP as a substitute for PSY 31.

Course Requirements

Eleven courses of at least 3 semester-hour credits are needed. They are distributed as follows: 

1. Psychology 1: Introduction to Psychology

2. One of the following 10-Level courses:

  • Psychology 11: Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology 12: Psychopathology
  • Psychology 13: Social Psychology
  • Psychology 15: Theories of Personality
  • Psychology 17: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3. One of the following 20-level courses: 

  • Psychology 22: Emotion
  • Psychology 25: Physiological Psychology
  • Psychology 26: Animal Learning and Cognition
  • Psychology 27: Perception
  • Psychology 28: Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology 29: Human Neuropsychology

4. & 5. Mandatory labs: 

  • Psychology 31: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or one of: BIO 132, CEE 6/CH 136, CEE 156, CSHD 140)
  • Psychology 32: Experimental Psychology

6. & 7. Two advanced Psychology courses numbered above 100

8. & 9. Two additional courses offered by the Psychology Department (i.e., any other Tufts courses with the PSY listing)

10. & 11. Two approved advanced Courses in Related Fields