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Courses – Spring 2021


We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Spring 2021; check out our Spring 2021 Course Offerings [PDF].

Restrictions and Registration Guidelines


Registration Restriction Periods

A majority of seats in all 200 level, upper level (courses numbered 400 and above), and select 100 level undergraduate psychology and neuroscience courses will be restricted to PSYC and NSCI majors only when registration begins on November 30th and will remain in place until open enrollment begins on December 13th. Restrictions will be removed on the morning of December 14th and will be reinstated the week before classes start on January 12th. These restrictions will then be removed again on the morning of January 26th.

Cognitive science and neuroscience minors will continue to have unrestricted access to PSYC and NSCI courses related to their minor during all registration restriction periods. Please note: for some courses, if all minor spots are full and only major spots remain, Connect Carolina will not allow a minor to take a major spot.

Registration Guidelines

As always, we are working hard to meet the student demand for all of our courses. If you are concerned about completing the requirements for the psychology or neuroscience major in time to graduate, here are a few reminders:

  • Monitor Connect Carolina diligently and frequently during the entirety of the open enrollment period and make sure that you register at the beginning of your scheduled enrollment appointment.
  • Only two upper-level courses are required for a psychology major or neuroscience major, and seniors have priority in registering for them.
  • Consider taking summer school; we will offer several upper-level courses during the summer and often in Maymester as well and they rarely fill up!

Our Department requires all course registration to be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Connect Carolina system. Please do not contact the instructors directly, as the Department does not keep special enrollment lists and no one may be added outright to a course that is already closed in Connect Carolina. Our students have great success in enrolling in the courses they need merely by being aware of their registration schedule and by being persistent in Connect Carolina.

The waitlists for the Spring 2021 term will remain in place until January 26th; however, the last day to add yourself to a waitlist is December 11th. For those of you not on a waitlist, please continue to monitor Connect Carolina closely to register for your necessary courses.

If you are a senior psychology or neuroscience major planning to graduate in December 2020 and you do not successfully enroll in the courses that you need to graduate by the end of late registration, please contact our Student Services Manager at blakek@email.unc.edu.

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

Other Important Registration Dates to Note

December 12, 2020: Undergraduate maximum credit limit increases to 18 credits for full-time students
January 19, 2021: Classes and Late Registration begin
January 25, 2021: Late Registration and Class Schedule Add Period Ends: Last day for students to register for classes (late registration) or to add classes to their schedule in Connect Carolina for the term
January 26, 2021: Waitlist period ends; all waitlists are purged
February 1, 2021: Undergraduate Class Drop (No Record) Period Ends at 5PM: Last day for students or schools/departments to drop a class in Connect Carolina and reduce course load, with tuition adjusted and no record of the class. Full-time students must maintain 12 credit hours
February 2, 2021: Undergraduate Class Drop (On Record) Period Begins: Undergraduate students can drop classes in Connect Carolina. The class remains on the student record with a withdrawal grade notation (“W”)
March 16, 2021: Undergraduate Class Drop (On Record) Period Ends: Last day undergraduate students can drop classes in Connect Carolina. Drop transactions processed between weeks 3-8 will remain on the student’s record with a grade notation of “W” and also noted as a Withdrawal by Choice “WC”

Please refer to the Registrar’s Academic Calendar for a more detailed listing of semester registration dates.

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, register for the exam online. If you have questions, please contact Elliot Darrow.

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.