Courses – Fall 2021
We are offering a number of undergraduate courses in Psychology and Neuroscience for Fall 2021; check out our Fall 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 June 1st and will remain in place until open enrollment begins on August 2nd. Restrictions will be removed on the morning of August 2nd 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.
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 2021 term will remain in place until August 26th; 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 2021 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.
Read more about our Department’s Enrollment Policy [PDF].
Other Important Registration Dates to Note
August 2, 2021: Waitlist Additions End
August 18, 2021: Classes and Late Registration begin
August 24, 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
August 26, 2021: Waitlists Purged
August 31, 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
September 1, 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”)
October 14, 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”
NSCI Majors – Fall 2021 Add’l Registration Info
- NSCI Majors Fall 2021 Registration Presentation
- NSCI Majors Fall 2021 Registration Slide Deck
- NSCI Major & Minor Fall 2021 Requirement Changes spreadsheet
- Instructions on New Requirements
- 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 (online form coming soon). 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 until August 2nd. Therefore, if you see a seat open up 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 Undergraduate Bulletin. 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