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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Psychology (PSYC)


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Associate Professor: Alison K. Paglia, John E. Sparrow
Assistant Professor: Nicholas Mian
Lecturer: Daniel R. Seichepine

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. The UNH Manchester psychology program provides students with a broad background in psychology, introducing them to both the experimental and clinical perspectives in the field. Students majoring in psychology will explore the fundamental principles involved in how people and animals learn and adapt to their environments.

The psychology program, through its independent study and internship programs, offers opportunities for participation in cooperating New Hampshire mental health, human services, and rehabilitation facilities. Students have worked in hospitals, halfway houses, mental health centers, and other agencies. The department also invites guest speakers to discuss important issues in the field and sponsors a Psychology Club.

Psychology graduates find employment as trained research assistants, mental health aides in a wide variety of human services agencies, social welfare caseworkers, teachers in special education programs, and professionals in government, business, and industry. It is normally expected that students who wish to do professional work in the field of psychology will pursue graduate training at the M.A., M.S., Ph.D., or Psy.D. level.

Psychology Program of Study
Students majoring in psychology must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements, and complete 44 credits with a minimum of C- in each course and a 2.0 overall grade-point average in all major requirements. 

Transfer students who elect to major in psychology must complete at least 24 credits in the program at UNH/UNH Manchester to qualify for the degree in psychology. Transfer students must earn a total of 44 approved credits for completion of the psychology major. The department’s academic advisers will determine the distribution of these credits. Transfer students should note that courses are allotted only the number of credits granted by the original institution (after adjustments for semester-hour equivalents). Thus, students transferring from an institution at which courses carry less than four credits each must make up for any credit deficit created by acceptance of transfer credits into the psychology major.  

Specific course selections should be discussed with the adviser. Exceptions to the requirements for the major require a petition to the department.

Program Requirements

A. Three core courses

PSYC 401, Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 402, Statistics in Psychology; and PSYC 502, Research Methods in Psychology

B. Four 500-level breadth courses, as follows:

Group I: Two courses:

PSYC 511, Sensation and Perception; PSYC 512, Psychology of Primates; PSYC 513, Cognitive Psychology; PSYC 521, Behavior Analysis; PSYC 522, Behaviorism; PSYC 531, Psychobiology

Group II: Two courses:

PSYC 552, Social Psychology; PSYC 553, Personality; PSYC 561, Abnormal Behavior; PSYC 571, Pioneers of Psychology; PSYC 581, Child Development; PSYC 582, Adult Development and Aging

Note:  PSYC 522, Behaviorism, may not be used for transfer credit to Durham.

C. Four 700-level depth courses, as follows:

Group I: Two Courses:

PSYC 702, Advanced Statistics and Research Methodology; PSYC 705, Tests and Measurement; PSYC 710, Visual Perception; PSYC 712, Psychology of Language; PSYC 713, Psychology of Consciousness; PSYC 720, Animal Cognition; PSYC 722, Behaviorism, Culture, and Contemporary Society; PSYC 731, Brain and Behavior; PSYC 733, Drugs and Behavior; PSYC 735, Neurobiology of Mood Disorders; PSYC 737, Behavioral Medicine; PSYC 741, Advanced Topics

Group II: Two Courses:

PSYC 702, Advanced Statistics and Research Methodology; PSYC 705, Tests and Measurement; PSYC 755, Psychology and Law; PSYC 756, Psychology of Crime and Justice; PSYC 758, Health Psychology; PSYC 762, Counseling; PSYC 763, Community Psychology; PSYC 765, Dysfunctional Families and Therapy; PSYC 771, Psychology in 20th Century Thought and Society; PSYC 780, Prenatal Development and Infancy; PSYC 783, Cognitive Development; PSYC 785, Social Development; PSYC 791, Advanced Topics: Adult Development; PSYC 793, Externship

Note: PSYC 702, Advanced Statistics and Research Methodology, and PSYC 705, Tests and Measurement, may be substituted for a group I or group II course, but they may not both be used to fill the same group.

D. Capstone Requirement:

PSYC 793, Internship, or PSYC 795, Independent Study with UNHM URC presentation or capstone seminar. You may also use any 700-level course as a capstone experience if the professor agrees to let you do so. You will be required to do extra class work or an extra assignment (worked out in advance with the professor) to receive capstone credit.

The Durham psychology major has slightly different requirements. Students who plan to transfer to Durham should consult with their adviser.

For more information about the psychology program, contact Alison Paglia, program coordinator, (603) 641-4103. Or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, or



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