Psychological sciences is a broad-based overview of many sub-fields. Courses focus on: clinical psychology (mental illness and behavioral problems), cognitive psychology (thinking and reasoning), developmental psychology (human growth and aging), industrial/organizational psychology (how people work together), learning, memory, and motivation, psychobiology (biological bases of behavior), statistics and mathematical models of behavior, thoughts and behavior in social situations.
Students begin as prepsychological sciences and, after successfully completing three required prepsychological sciences courses with a GPA of at least 2.5, may proceed to the upper-level courses.
Points of Pride
- The Purdue Department of Psychological Sciences was placed among the top 25 percent of psychology departments in the nation’s major colleges and universities by the National Research Council.
- Students can participate in an undergraduate internship program.
- Students can enroll in a course enabling them to become involved in psychological research on a wide range of topics.
- The honors program in psychological sciences, developed by Professor James Nairne emphasizes independent study research for the department’s strongest students.
- Purdue has a Psychology Club and Psi Chi chapter (the National Honor Society in Psychology).