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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

University of New Hampshire at Manchester




Associate Professor: Gary S. Goldstein, Alison K. Paglia, John E. Sparrow

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 seek to understand the fundamental principles involved in how people and animals learn and adapt to their environments.

The Department of Psychology offers opportunities for independent study in cooperating New Hampshire mental health 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.

Psychology graduates find employment as trained research assistants, mental health aids 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.

The psychology major provides students with a broad education, while also allowing some specialization. The program exposes students to the scientific study of behavior and encourages and understanding of the behavior of humans and animals.

Psychology Program of Study
Students majoring in psychology must complete 44 credits with a minimum of C- in each course and a 2.00 overall average in all major requirements. Students with a first major in psychology may not use any psychology courses to fulfill general education requirements with the exception of PSYC 402, which may be used to fill a major requirement or general education group 2, but not both. If used toward the general education requirement, PSYC 402 must be replaced in the major with another 4-credit Psychology course taken on a graded basis.

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 advisor 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 4 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 advisers. Exceptions to the requirements for the major require a petition to the department.

Program Requirements

A. Three core courses (PSYC 401, 402, and 502)

B. Four 500 level breadth courses as follows:
Group I: Two courses:
PSYC 511, PSYC 512, PSYC 513, PSYC 521, PSYC 531, PSYC 591 (only Behaviorism section)

Group II: Two courses:
PSYC 552, PSYC 553, PSYC 561, PSYC 571, PSYC 581, PSYC 582

C. Four 700-level depth courses as follows:
Four 700-level courses, one from Group I, one from Group II, and two from Group I and/or Group II. PSYC 702 and PSYC 705 may be substituted for one Group I or one Group II course, but they may not both be used to fill the same group.

Group I:
PSYCH 702, 705, 710, 712, 713, 720, 722, 731, 733, 735, 737, 741A-D

Group II:
PSYC 702, 705, 755, 756, 758, 762, 763, 765, 771, 780, 783, 785, 791A-G, 793

The Durham psychology major has slightly different requirements than those listed above. Students who plan to transfer to Durham should consult with their advisers.

For more information about the psychology program, contact Gary Goldstein, Ph.D., program coordinator, (603) 641-4179, e-mail Or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, e-mail

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