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Courses – Fall 2020


We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Fall 2020; check out our Fall 2020 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 April 6th and will remain in place until open enrollment begins on July 29th. Restrictions will be removed on the morning of July 29th and will be reinstated the week before classes start on August 11th. These restrictions will then be removed again on the morning of August 24th.

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 Fall 2020 term will remain in place until August 24th; however, the last day to add yourself to a waitlist is August 2nd. 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

August 3, 2020: Undergraduate maximum credit limit increases to 18 credits for full-time students
August 18, 2020: Classes and Late Registration begin
August 24, 2020: 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
September 1, 2020: 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
September 2, 2020: 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”)
October 13, 2020: 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 Fall 2020 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.