Majors, minors + certificates

Departmental HonorsDepartment of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The department offers several special courses for outstanding students. Special courses, PSY-P 402 and PSY-P 499, for more advanced students, provide increasing involvement in special problems and research programs, terminating with an independent research project and an honors thesis.

Honors requirements

  1. Honors Course Requirement. Two (2) semesters:
  2. Independent Laboratory Research Project. It is recommended that students begin the Independent Laboratory Research Project no later than spring of their junior year to allow adequate time for completion before graduation.
  3. Thesis. Successfully complete and defend a thesis based on laboratory research project.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.