Courses – Spring 2018


We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Spring 2018; check out our Spring 2018 Course Offerings [PDF].

Registration Restriction Periods: During the first two weeks of enrollment, November 6 – 19, 2017, all undergraduate courses at the 200-level and numbered 400 and above will have approximately 10% of seats available per section to non-majors. These restrictions will be removed on November 20 and will be reinstated January 3. These restrictions will be removed again on January 12, 2018. Cognitive Science and Neuroscience minors will have unrestricted access to PSYC courses pertaining to their minor during these registration restriction periods.

We work hard to meet the student demand for our courses. If you are having trouble registering for a course:

  • Monitor ConnectCarolina frequently during open-enrollment.
  • Join the waitlist! Registration for waitlists ends December 12, 2017, but waitlists are in place until January 18, 2018.
  • Remember: only two upper-level courses are required for majors and seniors have priority.
  • Consider registering for Summer School! We offer many upper-level courses during the summer sessions.
  • Please do not contact instructors to register for a course. Our department policy states that courses are first-come, first-serve basis.
  • If you are a senior and are planning to graduate in December, and you are unable to register for your courses, please contact our Student Services Manager at (919) 843-0174.

Read more about our Department’s Enrollment Policy [PDF].

PSYC 210


An alternative way to receive credit for PSYC 210 is the PSYC 210 Placement Exam. Students must meet the following prerequisites to qualify for the exam:

  • Background in basic statistics, as indicated by credit on a college transcript
    • May include ECON 400, STOR 151, 155, or SOCI 252
    • May be transfer credit, by exam, or regular course credit
  • PSYC 101 completion
    • PSYC 101 is a prerequisited for PSYC 210 and must be earned prior to the exam
    • May be transfer credit, by exam, or regular course credit

Please note that students with credit for PSYC 215 may not take the PSYC 210 Placement Exam. This exam may only be taken once. If eligible, please contact Dr. Viji Sathy to register for the exam.

PSYC 270 in 2017-18


Psychology 270 is a required course for all psychology majors. The American Psychological Association (APA) requires that all undergraduate psychology majors understand how research is conducted in psychology. For students who are interested in conducting research in psychology or a related discipline, this course will provide a solid foundation in research methods. For all students, this course illustrates how often you encounter research and provide you with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate research claims.

The best way to learn about how research is done is to actually do it. In the 2017-2018 academic year, there will be two sections of Psychology 270, both sections are 4 credit hours. Both courses will require you to conduct guided research projects and develop a novel research study under the guidance of your instructors. You will be asked to read the textbook, complete assignments, read research articles and complete write-ups of the research studies we conduct. Another major component of the course is learning how research in psychology is disseminated, primarily through writing, specifically in APA format. While the goals of both sections are very similar, there are some differences in the sections. Namely,

Section 1: 3 50-minute class sections, and 1 75-minute lab section weekly
Students in this section will work as a class to conduct research projects on a common theme. Students will spend both class and lab time to plan, conduct, and write up the results of this project. Class time will also be used to discuss methodological considerations in psychology more broadly.

Section 2: 1 75-minute class section, and 2 75-minute lab sections weekly
Students in this section will conduct research projects in their lab sections. Students will work in small groups to identify a research topic of interest to them and plan, conduct, and write up the results of this project. Class time will be used to discuss methodological considerations in psychology.

In both sections, you will often be asked to work in groups, make presentations and participate often. This course is a research intensive course, and both sections will allow students to explore the nuts and bolts of conducting research in psychology experientially. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming academic year!

Courses and Example Syllabi


All departmental courses with course descriptions are listed in the current Undergraduate Bulletin. Below are some of the undergraduate courses we offer, with example syllabi in PDFs.