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Courses – Fall 2024

We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Fall 2024; check out our Fall 2024-Undergraduate Courses in Psychology & Neuroscience.

Restrictions and Registration Guidelines

Registration Restriction Periods

All seats in all 200 level, 300 Level and select 100 level undergraduate psychology and neuroscience courses will be restricted to PSYC and NSCI majors/Minors only when registration begins on March 25 and will remain restricted until August 23. Upper-level (courses numbered 400 and above), will be restricted to Senior PSYC and NSCI Majors only during Wave 1 and 2 of registration and then open to Juniors and Seniors at the start of Open Enrollment (April 22). Finally, any remaining seats in Upper-level courses will open to Sophomore PSYC and NSCI Majors on the last day to late register for classes (August 23). Select courses (NSCI 273, NSCI 277, PSYC 270, and all 400+ level courses) will continue to maintain seat reserve capacities throughout registration.

Please read class notes in ConnectCarolina for detailed descriptions of requirements and restrictions on any particular course.

Cognitive Science minors will continue to have unrestricted access to PSYC and NSCI courses related to their minor during all registration restriction periods. Neuroscience minors have unrestricted access to Lower Level PSYC and NSCI courses related to their minor during all registration restriction periods. Additionally, Neuroscience minors will have access to Upper Level PSYC and NSCI related to their minor on April 22 when open enrollment begins.

Please note: for some courses, if all minor spots are full and only major spots remain, ConnectCarolina will not allow a minor to take a major spot. Additionally, a reminder that only Cognitive Science Minors with 9 or more credit hours in the minor may continue complete the minor. More information is available here.

Registration Guidelines

As always, we are working hard to meet the student demand for all 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 ConnectCarolina 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 ConnectCarolina.

The waitlists for the Fall 2024 term will remain in place until August 23, however, the last day to add yourself to a waitlist is August 22. For those of you not on a waitlist, please continue to monitor ConnectCarolina closely to register for your necessary courses.

If you are a senior psychology or neuroscience single major planning to graduate in May 2025 and you do not successfully enroll in the courses that you need to graduate by the end of wave 2 of registration, please submit a formal request for department assistance. For students in other situations, please review the request form to see a detailed list of those the department may assist. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee a seat, but we will look further into your situation. Those who do not meet the criteria for assistance should consider alternative options.

General registration questions can be sent to the Undergraduate Student Services Manager, Andrew Bresson:

Other Important Registration Dates to Note

March 25, 2024: Wave 1 of Undergraduate Registration begins

April 8, 2024: Wave 2 of Undergraduate Registration begins. Waitlist addition begins.

April 22, 2024: Open Enrollment begins

May 31, 2024: ConnectCarolina closes at 11:59 P.M. for all continuing undergraduate students.

August 5, 2024: Connect Carolina opens for all Undergraduate students at 12:00 a.m.

August 19, 2024: Classes and Late Registration begins

August 22, 2024: Waitlist additions end

August 23, 2024: Seat restrictions are removed from most lower-level (399 and below) PSYC and NSCI courses.

August 23, 2024: 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

August  23, 2024: Waitlists Purged at 5pm

August 30, 2024: 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. Census Date

August 31, 2024: 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”) Full-time undergraduate students must maintain 12 credit hours. (Dropping all classes requires a term withdrawal and follows the withdrawal and prorated refund policy.)

October 11, 2024: 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”. Class Pass/Fail Declarations – last day for students to submit class Pass/Fail declarations

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

NSCI Majors – Additional Registration Info


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 prerequisite 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, you would need to register for the exam online. Placement exams generally take place the business day before classes begin.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Natasha Parikh.

NSCI 175

Seat restrictions for our courses are in effect on the dates described above in the Registration Restriction Periods section. Therefore, if you see a seat open in any section of NSCI 175, you may not be able to register for the seat unless you meet the requirements. All sections of NSCI 175 have separate seat restrictions for declared Neuroscience majors and declared Neuroscience minors. If the course appears open, but you cannot enroll & are a declared Neuroscience minor, this means that the open seats are restricted for declared Neuroscience majors only.

Incoming First-Year Neuroscience Majors: please keep in mind that we recommend that our Neuroscience majors take NSCI 175 either 2nd-semester Freshman year or 1st-semester Sophomore year. Even students who take NSCI 175 2nd-semester Sophomore year are not behind. This is an interdisciplinary major, so your CHEM, BIOL, PHYS, MATH, COMP, STOR, and other classes are just as important as NSCI 175. NSCI 175 is not a “gateway” course for the major and is not required to start your major courses. You need to start your CHEM sequence first – it is the most important sequence of courses to start as a Neuroscience major once at UNC!

You can join the Neuroscience Club and/or meet with Psychology and Neuroscience departmental advisors to chat about Neuroscience if you’re really eager to get involved in Neuroscience on the campus as soon as you get here.

Neuroscience Minors: Most Neuroscience minors take NSCI 175 during their Junior or Senior year, as most students declare their minors in Junior or Senior year. If you have declared your Neuroscience minor, please do not get discouraged if you cannot take NSCI 175 as a Freshman or Sophomore; NSCI 175 is not a pre-requisite for many minor courses and you absolutely do not need to take it first! It is not a “gateway” course.

Courses and Example Syllabi

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


Academic Advising
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