Loyola University Maryland


Required Psychology Courses for Majors in Class of 2018

The following three courses are required for all psychology majors:

  • PY101:  Introductory Psychology
  • PY200: Professional Development in Psychology (1 credit)
  • PY291:  Research Methods I (with Lab)
  • PY292:  Research Methods II (with Lab)

In addition, majors choose the specified number of courses from each of the following groups:

Group I: Advanced Topics (choose two)

  • PY300:  Independent Study in Psychology I
  • PY353:  Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • PY400:  Independent Study in Psychology II
  • PY404:  Ethics in Psychology
  • PY413:  Psychological Tests and Measurements
  • PY414:  Advanced Statistics with Computer Applications
  • PY415:  Psychological Systems and Theories
  • PY417:  Special Topics in Psychology and Catholic Studies
  • PY418:  Research Seminar in Psychology I
  • PY419:  Research Seminar in Psychology II
  • PY420:  Applied Special Topics in Psychology
  • PY435:  Field Experience in Psychology I
  • PY490:  Special Topics in Psychology

Group II: Learning and Cognition (choose one)

  • PY221:  Psychology of Learning
  • PY222:  Cognitive Psychology

Group III: Behavioral Neuroscience (choose one)

  • PY331:  Biopsychology
  • PY332:  Human Neuropsychology
  • PY333:  Sensation and Perception
  • PY412:  Evolutionary Psychology

Group IV: Developmental (choose one)

  • PY241:  Child Development
  • PY242:  Adolescent Development
  • PY243:  Adult Development
  • PY244:  Life Span Development

Group V: Social (choose one)

  • PY201:  Social Psychology
  • PY203:  Psychology of Personality
  • PY351:  Interpersonal Behavior
  • PY352:  Group Process

Group VI: Clinical/Applied (choose one)

  • PY202:  Psychopathology
  • PY261:  Introduction to Health Psychology
  • PY262:  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PY323:  Introduction to Counseling
  • PY325:  Controlling Stress and Tension
  • PY326:  Substance Abuse: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • PY421:  Forensic Psychology

Group VII: Culture and Context (choose one)

  • PY253:  Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • PY255:  Psychology of Religion
  • PY256:  Psychology of Gender


  1. In addition to the 11 courses mentioned above, students are to choose four more courses from any of the groups to serve as psychology electives.
  2. PY101 is a prerequisite for all other PY courses.
  3. ST110 or ST210 or ST265 is ideally taken prior to PY291, but it may be taken concurrently. This statistics requirement must be completed prior to taking PY292. These are the only math courses that fulfill the pre-/corequisite for PY291.
  4. Psychology majors and interdisciplinary majors are strongly encouraged to take BL105; however, they may take BL121/BL126 (and in the case of BL/PY are required to take BL121/126). Taking either BL105 or BL121 serves as the prerequisite for Group III courses.
  5. All PY200-level courses (except PY291 and PY292) may be used by the nonpsychology major as social science core courses, provided the PY101 prerequisite is met.
  6. Students must complete the diversity requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).
Knekiya Harper


Knekiya says she found everything she wanted at Loyola: the training to become a mental health therapist, hands-on counseling experience, and the chance to be a mentor