Major: Psychology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 42.2799
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3031

About the Program

Drexel University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is a tight-knit, active community of internationally known faculty and impressive student scholars. The department defines psychology as a science of mind and behavior. From the neurophysiological underpinnings of cognition to defining the impact of human behaviors within the judicial systems and policies. Psychology contributes to the human behavioral aspects of other fields, including STEM, medicine, law, arts and other social sciences. Our students work alongside professors on cutting-edge research and clinical projects in a range of areas, including health, forensic, neuropsychology, human development, experimental, cognitive, and clinical psychology. Undergraduates also benefit from Drexel's cooperative education program, gaining hands-on, extensive work experience in areas of their interest.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program learn how to ask and answer important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, and how to apply their findings to improve lives. Within the program, students have the option to concentrate in three specific areas:

Mind, Brain and Behavior

The Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) area of focus allows psychology majors to concentrate their plan of study on how the mind and brain produce human behavior. Situating the mind within its biological substrate is one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. MBB covers introductory through advanced courses, exposing students to the formal study of the human mind and behavior and their underlying brain systems and structures

Human Development

This area allows students to focus on issues affecting human development across the lifespan. Using a biological, cognitive and socio-emotional perspective, students gain both breadth and depth in the understanding of current issues in child, adolescent and adult development.

Clinical and Health

For those interested in health and service careers, this area of focus includes coursework, experiential learning, and individualized mentorship, providing students with practical experience in the field.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

There is an accelerated MS program titled the Psychology BS/MS Scholars program to which undergraduates may apply. For more information, visit the Drexel University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences homepage.

Additional Information

To schedule an appointment, students should contact the Psychological and Brain Sciences department's academic advisor:

Devon M. Thomas
Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Program
Phone: 215-895-0487
Office: Stratton 103A

Degree Requirements 

College Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Select one of the following:8.0
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Business elective4.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
Anthropology (ANTH) elective **3.0
English (ENGL) electives, 200-level or above6.0
History (HIST) electives8.0
Philosophy (PHIL) elective3.0
Political Science (PSCI) elective4.0
Sociology (SOC) elective3.0-4.0
Select one of the following sequences:8.0
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Electricity and Motion
Computational Lab for Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
Computational Lab for Light and Sound
Free electives48.0
Departmental Requirements
General Psychology Requirements
PSY 111Pre-Professional General Psychology I ***3.0
PSY 112Pre-Professional General Psychology II ***3.0
100-Level Requirements
Select two of the following:6.0
Developmental Psychology
Approaches to Personality
Introduction to Social Psychology
Required Psychology Courses
PSY 212Physiological Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
PSY 264Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I3.0
PSY 265Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II3.0
PSY 280Psychological Research 3.0
PSY 290History and Systems of Psychology3.0
PSY 325Psychology of Learning3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
PSY 360 [WI] Experimental Psychology3.0
PSY 380Psychological Testing and Assessment3.0
Advanced Psychology Electives
Any non-required PSY course at the 200-level or above.12.0
Senior Seminar Sequence OR Psychology Electives ****
PSY 490 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis I4.0
PSY 491 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis II4.0
PSY 492 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis III4.0
Total Credits180.0-181.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, No co-op

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
PSY 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0 
MATH 121 or 1014.0MATH 102 or 1224.0PSY 2403.0 
UNIV H1011.0PSY 1123.0UNIV H2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0Anthropology (ANTH) Elective3.0 
Select one of the following:4.0Fine Arts Elective3.0 
 15 18 16 0
Second Year
PSY 2643.0COM 2303.0PSY 2123.0VACATION
PSY 2903.0PSY 2653.0PSY 2803.0 
English (ENGL) elective, 200-level or above3.0PSY 3303.0PSY 3603.0 
Political Science (PSCI) Elective4.0English (ENGL) Elective, 200-level or above3.0Psychology Elective3.0 
Sociology (SOC) Elective3.0-4.0Philosophy (PHIL) Elective3.0Business Elective4.0 
 16-17 15 16 0
Third Year
PSY 3253.0Free Electives7.0Free Electives12.0VACATION
PSY 3803.0History Elective4.0Psychology Elective*3.0 
History Elective4.0Psychology Elective*3.0  
Free Elective3.0   
Psychology Elective3.0   
 16 14 15 0
Fourth Year
PSY 490**4.0PSY 491**4.0PSY 492**4.0 
Free Electives9.0Free Electives9.0Free Electives9.0 
 13 13 13 
Total Credits 180-181

4 year, 1 co-op*

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
PSY 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 121 or 1014.0MATH 102 or 1224.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0 
UNIV H1011.0PSY 1123.0PSY 2403.0 
Select one of the following:4.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0UNIV H2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0Anthropology (ANTH) Elective3.0 
Fine Arts Elective3.0 
 15 18 17 0
Second Year
PSY 2643.0COM 2303.0PSY 2123.0PSY 3253.0
PSY 2903.0PSY 2653.0PSY 2803.0PSY 3803.0
English (ENGL) elective, 200-level or above3.0PSY 3303.0PSY 3603.0Psychology Elective3.0
Political Science (PSCI) elective4.0English (ENGL) elective, 200-level or above3.0Psychology Elective3.0History Elective4.0
Sociology (SOC) elective3.0-4.0Philosophy (PHIL) elective3.0Business Elective4.0Free Elective3.0
 16-17 15 16 16
Third Year
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEPsychology Elective**3.0Psychology Elective**3.0
  History Elective4.0Free Electives12.0
  Free Electives6.0 
 0 0 13 15
Fourth Year
PSY 490***4.0PSY 491***4.0PSY 492***4.0 
Free Electives9.0Free Electives9.0Free Electives9.0 
 13 13 13 
Total Credits 180-181

5 year, 3 Co-ops*

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
PSY 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 121 or 1014.0MATH 102 or 1224.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0 
UNIV H1011.0PSY 1123.0PSY 2403.0 
Select one of the following:4.0PSY 120, 140, or 1503.0UNIV H2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0Anthropology (ANTH) elective3.0 
Fine Arts elective3.0 
 15 18 17 0
Second Year
  PSY 2903.0PSY 2653.0
  English (ENGL) elective, 200-level or above3.0PSY 3303.0
  Political Science (PSCI) elective4.0English (ENGL) elective, 200-level or above3.0
  Sociology (SOC) elective3.0-4.0Philosophy (PHIL) elective3.0
 0 0 16-17 15
Third Year
  PSY 2803.0PSY 3803.0
  PSY 3603.0Psychology elective3.0
  Psychology elective3.0History elective4.0
  Business elective4.0Free elective3.0
 0 0 16 16
Fourth Year
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEPsychology elective**3.0Psychology elective**3.0
  History elective4.0Free electives***12.0
  Free electives6.0 
 0 0 13 15
Fifth Year
PSY 4904.0PSY 4914.0PSY 4924.0 
Free electives9.0Free electives9.0Free electives9.0 
 13 13 13 
Total Credits 180-181

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Some graduates seek employment immediately after receiving their bachelor’s degrees.They are well trained to work as research assistants in consulting firms and medical settings or to provide front-line services in mental health and educational settings. Other graduates go on to professional schools in law, business, medicine, and other health professions. Still others pursue graduate training in psychology and related fields. Students build skills and knowledge that provide a foundation for advanced study, create opportunities for future growth, and can be used to improve the quality of life for others.

Co-Op Experiences

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education programs, through which students mix periods of full-time, career-related employment with their studies. Co-op/internship employment is an option for psychology majors. Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Psychology Faculty

Meghan Butryn, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Treatment and prevention of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy.
Dorothy Charbonnier, PhD (State University of New York at Stony Brook). Associate Teaching Professor. The nature of the creative process and writing.
Evangelia Chrysikou, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, neural basis of language, memory, and executive functions, neurocognitive processes associated with problem solving and flexible thought
Brian Daly, PhD (Loyola University, Chicago) Interim Department Head. Associate Professor. Pediatric neuropsychology, intervention with at-risk youth.
David DeMatteo, PhD, JD (MCP Hahnemann University; Villanova University School of Law) Director of the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Professor. Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy; offender diversion.
Evan M. Forman, PhD (University of Rochester) Director WELL Center. Professor. Clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders; neurocognition of eating.
Pamela Geller, PhD (Kent State University) Director, Clinical Training. Associate Professor. Stressful life events and physical and mental health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, medical education).
Maureen Gibney, PsyD (Widener University). Teaching Professor. Clinical psychopathology; neuropsychological evaluation and intervention with the elderly.
Naomi Goldstein, PhD (University of Massachusetts) Co-Director of the JD-PhD Program; Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow. Professor. Forensic psychology; juvenile justice; Miranda rights comprehension; false confessions; juvenile justice treatment outcome research; anger management intervention development; child and adolescent behavior problems.
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Professor. Forensic psychology, juvenile and adult criminality, violence risk assessment, forensic psychological assessment, treatment of mentally disordered offenders, academic-sports mentoring.
Adrienne Juarascio, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Practicum Training. Assistant Professor. Enhancing treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity; Acceptance-based behavioral treatments; Evaluating mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments
Marlin Killen, PhD (Trident University International). Teaching Professor. Authentic teaching methods in Psychology as well as student persistence behavior.
John Kounios, PhD (University of Michigan) Director, PhD Program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, especially creativity, problem solving, and cognitive enhancement.
David Kutzik, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Social and cultural theory, political economy, gerontology, materialisms, activity theory, reflection theories, communities of practice and labor theories of culture.
Michael Lowe, PhD (Boston College). Professor. Prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity; effects of appetitive responsiveness and dietary restraint on eating regulation; psychobiology of obesity-proneness; empirical foundations of unconscious processes.
John Medaglia, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University). Assistant Professor. Applying models and methods developed in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience and graph theory to understand and treat brain dysfunction and enhance healthy functioning
Megan Meyer, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Influences on preferred body type; changes in body image, self-esteem, and self-efficacy in females as a function of strength training; Sensation and Perception
Danette Morrison, PhD (University of Maryland - College Park). Assistant Teaching Professor. Social and academic motivation within school context; Social relationships and identity development; Educational attainment of ethnic minorities
Arthur Nezu, PhD, DHLL, ABPP (State University of New York at Stony Brook). Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Community Health and Prevention. Behavioral medicine applications of problem-solving therapy and other cognitive-behavior therapies (e.g., to decrease emotional and psychosocial risk factors; improve adherence), particularly with regard to patients with cardiovascular disease; assessment.
Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine. Cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment for mood, anxiety, personality disorders, and coping with chronic illness; mind/body studies; stress and coping; developmental disabilities and comorbid behavioral and emotional disorders; spirituality and psychology.
Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD (University of Denver) Director of MS and BS/MS Programs. Associate Professor. Neuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities; Verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome and other genetic disorders; Comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders; Neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in typical and atypical cognition
Diana Robins, PhD (University of Connecticut) Interim Director, AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Professor. Autism screening, early detection of autism
Ludo Scheffer, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of Undergraduate Studies. Teaching Professor. Meta-cognitive development, writing, and computers; Language and literacy development in the early years in the context of family and schooling; Youth-at-risk; School violence and bullying; Program/intervention effectiveness
Maria Schultheis, PhD (Drexel University) Vice Provost of Research, Office of Research and Innovation. Professor. Clinical Neuropsychology and rehabilitation following neurological compromise (brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis), application of technologies in psychology. Specialization in the use of virtual reality (VR) simulation, and evaluation of the demands of driving after disability.
Jennifer Schwartz, PhD (Idaho State University) Director of Psychological Services Center. Teaching Professor. Adult psychopathology; evidence-based clinical practice; competency-based training; competency-based clinical supervision.
Julia Sluzenski, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Spatial and episodic memory, memory loss across the lifespan, developmental psychology.
Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Professor. Neuroimaging data analysis; Data mining; Bayesian inference; High dimensional data analysis
Eric A Zillmer, PsyD (Florida Institute of Technology) Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of Athletics. Professor. Psychological assessment (neuropsychological, cognitive, personality), psychiatric and neurological disorders, behavioral medicine, neurogerontology, mathematical modeling, sports psychology, psychology of genocide.

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD (Yale University, New York University). Professor Emeritus. Law and psychology; mental health law.
James Calkins, PhD. Professor Emeritus.
Douglas L. Chute, PhD (University of Missouri) Louis and Bessie Stein Fellow. Professor Emeritus. Neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries.
Myrna Shure, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Child development, problem-solving interventions with children, prevention programs.
Mary Spiers, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Professor Emeritus. Clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology; memory and practical applications for memory disorders in the elderly; cognitive health of women.
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