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The undergraduate program offers the core preparation recommended by the nation’s leading graduate schools of psychology, with advanced courses and research opportunities to fit individual needs. Programs of study may be structured around prospective careers in several fields of psychology, as well as in medicine, law, business, or education.
Program emphasis in graduate study is on doctoral training. An important feature of our doctoral program is its strong research orientation. Students are expected to spend most of their time actively engaged in research and are expected to acquire a high level of research competence. Faculty research interests and areas of specialization for graduate students include: cognitive psychology (basic mental activities such as perceiving, attending, remembering, learning, judging, verbalizing, and imagining), systems and cognitive neuroscience (understanding the relationship between the human brain and higher forms of behavior), human factors/human-computer interaction (the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system and the application of theories, principles, data, and other methods of design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance), industrial/organizational psychology (human behavior in organizational and work situations), and training (broad interdisciplinary area drawing on cognitive psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and educational psychology).
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Psychology will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Psychology (PSYC) must complete:
Once enrolled at Rice, students must obtain approval from the psychology department to transfer courses taken at another college or university.
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete a total of 5 courses (17 credit hours) from the list below to satisfy the PSYC major's Core Requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Core Requirements before taking the upper-level courses that comprise their Electives requirement.
*No substitutions or transfer credits are allowed for PSYC 339 or PSYC 340. In addition, students should complete PSYC 339 and PSYC 340 preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
ELECTIVES To fulfill the remaining PSYC major requirements, students must complete a total of 10 additional courses (30 credit hours) from departmental (PSYC) course offerings. Students may take up to 12 credit hours of PSYC 485 or PSYC 488 UG Supervised Research/Reading toward the major, but only 3 of the 12 credit hours may be from PSYC 488.
Qualified students may apply to the honors program during preregistration in the spring semester of their junior year. A written proposal for the project must be submitted by the end of the second week of classes in the fall of their senior year, and the faculty will decide on final admission to the honors program by the end of the fourth week of classes. Admission to the honors program requires a psychology major GPA of 3.7 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5, completion of PSYC 339, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 340. To graduate with departmental honors, students must complete the requirements for the psychology major, a written honors thesis approved by a faculty committee, and other requirements as determined by their honors committee. Detailed information about the honors program is available from the instructor of the course or the department website.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate Psychology degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: PSYC Department Description and Code - Psychology: PSYC Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Psychology: PSYC
Upon completing the MA and PhD degree programs in Psychology, students will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. For both MA and PhD degrees, students must complete a research thesis, including a public oral defense. Required coursework is determined by the student’s Research Interest Group (cognitive, cognitive neuroscience, human factors/human-computer interaction, industrial/organizational, or training). Students must complete an admission-to-candidacy procedure to establish their expertise in their chosen specialty. Competence in a foreign language is not required. For more information regarding course requirements for each Research Interest Group, please see the Department of Psychology Graduate Program.
The program has a strong research orientation, and whether or not students plan to pursue a research career, they are expected to spend a large portion of their graduate years actively engaged in research.
Descriptions and Codes Legend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Psychology graduate degree program. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: PSYCDepartment Description and Code - Psychology: PSYCDegree Descriptions and Codes - Master of Arts degree: MA - Doctor of Philosophy degree: PhDDegree Program Description and Code - Degree Program in Psychology: PSYC
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Psychology can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Psychology, see the department's website: https://psychology.rice.edu/.