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The Psychology Major

Contact:  School of Psychological Sciences, 970-351-2957 or Dr. Carl Granrud (carl.granrud@unco.edu) 

Psychology BA catalog requirements, course descriptions, and four year plan can be found here.

Our undergraduate curriculum is designed under the guidance of APA 3.0 undergraduate plan and includes two professional development courses in the first year (UNIV 101, PSY 166) and a field experience (PSY 491) in the junior or senior year.  Through our mentorship program, students at all levels work with faculty to find their career path and work on research projects that help prepare you for your next step, whether it’s a job, career, or graduate school.  

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Across the required and elective hours of our curriculum, you will develop transferable skills in several areas including research design and analysis, the ability to understand human behavior, recognition of and tolerance for diversity, report writing and presentation, establishing rapport in groups, and critical thinking.

We are home to an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. Psi Chi works closely with the program faculty and provides social and preprofessional opportunities to qualifying students. Also, we strongly encourage high achieving students with an affinity for research and an interest in graduate school to consider applying to the University Honors Program.

Advising Information

You are encouraged to meet with your advisor every semester. This is important to do before you register, as your advisor will discuss your schedule and provide you with your personal identification number (PIN). It is a good idea to arrange to meet with your advisor at least one week before your scheduled registration day.

For tips on studying, writing, test taking, and time and stress management or if you want to learn more about coping with test anxiety, go to the Academic Advising Study Tips page.

Read the School of Psychological Sciences Student Academic Integrity Policy

Psychology Advising Staff

Melissa Lea

Melissa Lea
Academic Advisor - Majors & Transfers

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Galeth Bolanos

Galeth Bolaños
Academic Advisor - Majors & Minors


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Can I earn a BA in Psychology online at the University of Northern Colorado? 

Yes, you can complete your psychology major online through Extended Campus.    

Can I Study Abroad as a psychology major? 

Yes, we encourage to consider a study abroad. First meet with the Study Aboard office to determine if that is the right experience for you.  After deciding Study Abroad is right for you and choosing a school to attend, share your plans with your advisor and get her/his approval for transfer of credits to the UNC psychology major. 

Do I have to be in the Honor’s Program or McNair’s to get involved in faculty research in the School of Psychological Sciences? 

Being in Honor’s or McNair’s is not necessary to get involved in research.  Our faculty mentor for undergraduate research experience is Dr. Marilyn Welsh (marilyn.welsh@unco.edu) she will help you connect to the best experience for you.     

How do I get involved in clubs and organizations in the School of Psychological Sciences?   

All majors are enrolled in the major canvas page for Psychology (Psychology_Major_Supp).  Announcements for both Psi Chi and Psychology Club are announced through there. Career events and guest speakers are also announced through that page, so be sure to have your notificaitons are turned on!