Courses – Spring 2024
We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Spring 2024; check out our Spring 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 October 23 and will remain restricted until January 17. 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 (November 17). 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 (January 17). Select courses (NSCI 277, NSCI 278, 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 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, 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.
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 Spring 2024 term will remain in place until January 17, however, the last day to add yourself to a waitlist is January 16. 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 2024 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: PsycNeuroUSSM@unc.edu.
Other Important Registration Dates to Note
October 23, 2023: Wave 1 of Undergraduate Registration begins
November 6, 2023: Wave 2 of Undergraduate Registration begins. Waitlist addition begins.
November 17, 2023: Open Enrollment begins
January 10, 2024: Classes and Late Registration begins
January 16, 2024: Waitlist additions end
January 17, 2024: Seat restrictions are removed from most lower-level (399 and below) PSYC and NSCI courses.
January 17, 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
January 18, 2024: Waitlists Purged
January 24, 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
January 25, 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
March 8, 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
NSCI Majors – Additional Registration Info
- NSCI Majors & Minors Spring 2024 Registration Slide Deck
- NSCI Major & Minor Requirement Changes spreadsheet
- Instructions about Requirement Terms
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.
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.
- PSYC 054 First-Year Seminar: Families and Children
- PSYC 061 First-Year Seminar: Drug Addiction, Fact & Fiction
- PSYC 062 First-Year Seminar: Positive Psychology
- PSYC 068 First-Year Seminar: Psychology of Emotion
- PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 175 Introduction to Neuroscience
- PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research
- PSYC 220 Biological Psychology
- PSYC 222 Learning
- PSYC 225 Sensation and Perception
- PSYC 230 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 242 Clinical Psychology
- PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 250 Child Development
- PSYC 260 Social Psychology
- PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology
- PSYC 294 APPLES Service Learning
- PSYC 330 Introduction to Cognitive Science
- PSYC 415 History of Neuroscience
- PSYC 434 Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 467 Development of the Black Child
- PSYC 471 Adolescent Development
- PSYC 500 Developmental Psychopathology
- PSYC 501 Personality
- PSYC 504 Health Psychology
- PSYC 530 Design and Interpretation of Psychological Research
- PSYC 569 Practical Wisdom from Advanced Social Psychology
- PSYC 602 Evolutionary Psychology
- PSYC 693H Honors in Psychology I
- PSYC 694H Honors in Psychology II
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