Undergraduate research courses
PSY 485 and PSY 486C partner you with a faculty member and
allow you to either be a part of faculty research or provide you with a mentor
for your own research project.
Conducting research will give you abilities and skills that employers
and graduate programs seek.
In these courses, you will find that psychology faculty
- investigate a variety of important topics
- utilize a variety of methodologies
- involve diverse participant populations
- employ many different kinds of research designs
You can observe, collaborate, and learn from these
Students must have:
- a 3.0 or higher GPA to enroll in PSY 485
- successfully completed PSY 101 or 101H, and PSY
- successfully completed or be currently taking
Course credit and time commitment
Research is time consuming, intensive, and hard work. It is also very rewarding; these courses will give you a jump start on graduate
school and a career in psychology.
You’re permitted to sign up for 1-3 credit hours of PSY 485
a semester, with a total of 6 credit hours counting toward the Psychology
major. One credit hour comes with at
least three hours of additional work.
- 1 credit hour=3 hours per week
- 2 credit hours=6 hours per week
- 3 credit hours=9 hours per week
Selection criteria include:
- commitment (i.e., many faculty prefer it if
students are able to stay with the research project for two subsequent
- availability (faculty mentors prefer and/or
require their research
students be available for chunks of time throughout the week for weekly lab
meeting, data collection, and other research work)
If you want to work with a specific faculty member, we encourage you to contact
the professor individually expressing your interest. For a list of faculty interests click here.
We will attempt to match you with a faculty member of your choice, however, it
is not always possible as there are a limited number of slots available to work
on various research projects. Please be aware that the general skills acquired in
485 are more important to preparation for graduate school than topic of
Follow these steps:
- Submit your unofficial university transcript (.pdf
preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org.