Psychology Honors Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to increase the depth of the superior student's work in the major through closer individual contact with faculty members, a more rigorous academic curriculum, and the performance of individual original research.

Eligibility for department honors work in Psychology is achieved by:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or better in Psychology and in all overall course work.
  2. Recommendation by at least two faculty members in the Department of Psychological Sciences.
  3. Formal acceptance of the student into the program by the department chair.

Any student eligible for honors and wishing to enter the program should signify the intention to the department chair as soon as possible after the decision to be a Psychology major. The student plans honors work in such a way as best to fulfill individual educational needs. Special attempts are made to integrate psychology with the other disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. Although each student's program is individually considered, the honors candidate must meet the following requirements:

All required courses must be completed with an average of 3.00 or better.

Complete the following courses (35 cr):

Code Course Credits

PSY 1012

Introduction to Psychological Science

A survey of a wide variety of topics studied by psychological scientists. The course objective is to introduce students to the terms, concepts and methods of psychological science.

Restrictions This course is equivalent to Introduction to Psychology; students will not receive credit for both courses.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester


PSY 1050

Human Growth and Development

A survey of human developmental psychology from the prenatal period to late adulthood. The major focus is on theoretical and practical implications of developmental research for cognitive, personality and social development. Special attention will be given to interactions between maturation and experience.

Every semester


MAT 2021

Statistics I

This course prepares students for quantitative methods in their respective fields. Descriptive and inferential statistics, including estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation are covered. Basic tools of descriptive statistics, discrete probability, binomial distribution, normal distribution, t-distribution, estimates and sample sizes, hypothesis testing, elementary correlation and regression, contingency tables are explored. Students utilize graphing calculators and spreadsheet software on a regular basis.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Students must take a math assessment (ACCUPLACER) for placement purposes prior to registration or MAT 1010.

Every semester


MAT 2022

Statistics II

This course is a continuation of MAT 2021 and includes estimation, hypothesis testing, single linear regression, and one-way analysis of variance using calculators and statistical software. This course addresses in-depth such topics as the Central Limit Theorem, Chebyshev's theorem, covariance, multiple regression, ANOVA, nonparametric methods, and applications of probability distributions. It includes problems dealing with multiple linear regression, multi-way analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, enumerative data, and computer applications. Students utilize graphing calculators and spreadsheet software on a regular basis.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MAT 2021

Every semester


PSY 3010

Theories of Personality

Examination of individual differences in human behavior. Heavy emphasis is placed on research findings pertaining to the learning, experiential and cognitive factors contributing to personality development.

Every semester


PSY 3040

Cognitive Psychology

Examines research on topics central to cognitive science: perception, attention, memory, thought and language. A cognitive lab will provide hands-on demonstrations of important experiments in cognitive psychology.

Prerequisite: PSY 1012 or instructor approval



PSY 3151

Psychological Research I

Introduction to the scientific method as applied to behavior. Emphasis is on the development of scientific attitudes as well as the development of the basic research skills of data collection, analysis and interpretation. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Psychology majors.

Prerequisite: PSY 3040 or PSY 3410 or instructor permission



PSY 3152

Psychological Research II

Fosters further development of scientific attitudes and research skills. Student research conducted in PSY 3151 is refined and prepared for publication. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Psychology majors.

Prerequisite: PSY 3151.



PSY 3410


This course focuses on the brain and nervous system, with an eye towards the neural mechanisms of behavior. Topics include the cellular and anatomical divisions of the nervous system, molecular mechanisms of neurotransmission, sensory and motor systems, neurodevelopment, plasticity, and emotion. The lab portion of this course covers basic neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, and other techniques for the study of the brain and behavior.

Prerequisite: PSY 1012 or instructor permission

Fee Fee $50



PSY 4320

Advanced Research

This course is designed for students who would like to conduct an intensive research project under the close supervision and guidance of the psychology faculty. Students will be responsible for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and oral presentation at a national or regional research conference.

Prerequisite: PSY 3151 or instructor pemission



PSY 4920

Honors Thesis

Involves continuing work on the honors student’s thesis.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors program.


And complete

a minimum of two Psychology electives (6 cr)


one of these Concentrations in Psychology:

  • Psychology: Developmental (BA.PSY.DEV)
  • Forensic Psychology (BS.FPS)
  • Psychology: Health (BA.PSY.HLT)

A minor in Statistics is strongly recommended

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.