Policies and Forms
Major Plans of Study
Use your major plan of study to track your progress toward completing your degree requirements. Your plan of study will list all the general education requirements, as well as all the requirements for your psychological sciences degree. Students are encouraged to keep track on their own and update their plan of study each semester. Advisors will also work with students on their plan of study, both in group advising and individual appointments.
Note: Your catalog year is the year you entered the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a student.
8 Semester Plans
The following 8 Semester Plans are a suggestion and are not meant to be followed exactly. Each student’s plan will vary depending on course selection and availability. Students beginning summer 2019 or later will also need to add the new Environmental "E" Literacy general education requirement to their plan.
|Bachelor of Arts||Bachelor of Science|
|BA Standard||BS Standard|
|BA Research||BS Research|
|BA Honors||BS Honors|
Minor Plans of Study
Use your minor plan of study to track your progress toward completing your minor requirements. Students are encouraged to keep track on their own and update their plan of study each semester. Advisors will also work with students on their plan of study, both in group advising and individual appointments.
Faculty Advisor Request Form
Please complete the form below to request a psychological sciences faculty advisor. Requests are completed on a rolling basis.
Faculty Advisor Request Form
Students can bring in transfer credits toward their UConn degree for a variety of reasons. Check out the information below regarding the various types of transfer credit, or learn more on the CLAS Academic Services Center website. Students can also talk to an advisor regarding their transfer credit and how it can be applied toward their degree.
Types of Transfer Credit
When an eligible course is initially transferred to UConn, transfer admissions will evaluate the course and give it a UConn equivalent:
- Direct equivalency: transfer course comes in as an exact UConn course (example: PSYC 1101. General Psychology II)
- Generic credit: transfer course does not come in as an exact UConn course (example: PSYC 91000. PSYC 1000-level)
Students can use both types of transfer credit toward their degree at UConn. General education courses can transfer as generic credits. PSYC major requirements and related courses must be direct equivalents. This rule does vary by department, so if you have a minor or another major, you will want to check with their advisors on transfer credit policies.
Transferring Credits as a Current UConn Student
Taking a Course at a Different Institution in Connecticut
Use the Transfer Course Equivalencies list on the Transfer Admissions website. If the list does not have the course you are looking for, use the Prior Course Approval Form (see below). Please note if you are looking to take either a Direct Equivalent or Generic Credit course (see differences between types of credit under Transfer Credit Information).
Taking a Course at an Institution Out of State
Use the Prior Course Approval Form on Student Admin. Please note if you are looking to take either a Direct Equivalent or Generic Credit course.
Transfer Credit Restrictions
Introduction Courses: PSYC 1100 & 1101/1103
Transfer students often transfer in credit for PSYC 1101. General Psychology II. Please keep in mind that UConn has two introductory PSYC courses. Psychological sciences majors must complete both General Psychology I (PSYC 1100) and General Psychology II (PSYC 1101 or 1103).
This pairing of coursework tends to be unique to UConn, as PSYC 1100 is focused more on psychology as a natural science, while PSYC 1101/1103 is focused more on psychology as a social science. Because PSYC 1100 is more unique to UConn, it is very common that transfer students will transfer in PSYC 1101, but will need to take PSYC 1100 here at UConn.
Transfer Credit Restrictions for the Psychological Sciences Major
No more than 7 credits of 2000-level or higher direct equivalent PSYC transfer credits can be used towards the major. To have a course reevaluated as a direct equivalent or other course, students can submit a syllabus to our online form under the "Transfer Credit Reevaluation Form" tab.
This rule does not apply to the intro level courses. So, a transfer student majoring in psychological sciences could transfer in both PSYC 1100 and 1101, and two 2000+ level direct equivalent PSYC courses.
Transfer Credit Restrictions for Minors in Psychological Sciences and Neuroscience
No more than 3 credits of 2000-level or higher direct equivalent PSYC transfer credits can be used toward the minors. To have a course reevaluated as a direct equivalent or other course, students can submit a syllabus to our online form under the "Transfer Credit Reevaluation Form" tab.
This rule does not apply to the intro level courses. So, a transfer student minoring in psychological sciences or neuroscience could transfer in both PSYC 1100 and 1101, and one 2000+ level direct equivalent Psych courses.
Students that earned a 4 or 5 on their AP Psychology exam will receive 3 generic 1000-level PSYC credits (PSYC 91000) to use as electives toward the 120-credit total needed for graduation. However, students must take PSYC 1100 (General Psychology I) and PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1103 (General Psychology II).
While the Department congratulates students on doing well on AP exams, the PSYC 1100 and 1101/1103 coursework pairing is unique to UConn as PSYC 1100 is focused more on psychology as a natural science, while PSYC 1101/1103 is focused more on psychology as a social science. Both courses are required for the major plan of study and are pre-requisites of almost every upper-level psychology course.
Transfer students may have received AP credit for an introductory psychology course at their previous institution. Transfer credit is evaluated from the source, so UConn will give credit based on the scores earned regardless of how any previous institutions may have evaluated the AP credit.
For more information about transferring AP credits, refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Study Abroad Courses
For questions about earning academic credit while studying abroad, please visit the UConn Experiential Global Learning website.
PSYC Transfer Credit Re-evaluation Information and Form
Students must submit requests by the submissions deadlines listed below and will then receive a decision by the corresponding notification deadline. Due to the volume of requests, the department reserves the right to modify the decision notification date. If so, a new decision notification date will be communicated via email to any student with a pending request. Please read the information below carefully to ensure a speedy evaluation of your course/s.
*NOTE: Please expect a delay of a few weeks between processing your approved transfer credits and when the credits will also appear on your transcript.
- Fill out the PSYC Transfer Credit Re-evaluation Form completely and accurately.
- Attach the course syllabus, ideally including a weekly topic listing and/or course calendar. Course cannot be evaluated without a syllabus.
- Submit the Form by the deadline. If you submit the form past the submission deadline listed below, you will receive a decision by the next posting decision notification date.
- This form is only for PSYC courses taken at other institutions. This form is not for general education courses, courses from other departments, or courses taken abroad. Please refer to the following links for more information in those areas:
|Semester||Submission Deadline||Notifications Sent By|
|Summer 2023||Fri, July 21st||Fri, Aug. 11th|
|Fall 2023||Fri, Oct. 6th||Fri, Oct. 20th|
|Winter 2024||Fri, Jan. 12th||Fri, Jan. 26th|
|Spring 2024||Fri, Mar. 1st||Fri, Mar. 15th|
|Summer 2024||Fri, July 26th||Fri, Aug. 16th|
Permission Number Request Form
In some cases, students must request a permission number from a course instructor before they can register for a class. Request a permission number for a PSYC course on the Storrs campus.
Psychological sciences majors are required to complete 12 credits of related coursework at the 2000 or higher level. Related coursework refers to coursework that is closely tied to the field of psychology and the various careers within it.
Approved Related Courses
Faculty members have identified related coursework that best reflects career and professional interests in different sub-fields of psychological sciences. Please note:
- Anytime an entire department is listed, that means that all 2000+ level courses from that department will satisfy the related requirement.
- Any graduate level course (except for those in PSYC) will satisfy the related requirement.
- Any course that is cross-listed with PSYC will not satisfy the related requirement.
- Any research, independent study and/or internship credit in other academic departments cannot be used.
Students who are a declared double major/dual degree or minor in an area where the courses are not related (like business or history), those courses will be pulled in on the Final Plan of Study to count as relateds. If a student plans on this but drops the double major/dual degree or minor, then those classes will not count as a related.
Please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for description of related courses.
Allied Health (AH)
Cognitive Science (COGS)
Communication (COMM) - except COMM 2500 (formerly COMM 3100) and COMM 3241 (formerly COMM 3103)
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
ECON 2127/W. Beyond Self Interest
ECON 2441/W. Labor Economics
ECON 2444. Women & Minorities in the Labor Market
ECON 2446. Labor Legislation
ECON 2456. Economics of Poverty
ECON 3209. Behavioral Economics
EDLR 3251. Introduction to Organizations & Human Resources Education
EDLR 3252. Introduction to Management & Human Resources Education
EDLR 3253. Introduction to Planning & Evaluation & Human Resources Education
EDLR 3255. Contemporary Labor Issues
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) - exept EEB 3201
ENGL 3420. Children’s Literature
ENGL 3422. Young Adult Literature
EPSY 3020. Peer Counseling
EPSY 3110. Exceptionality
EPSY 3333. Introduction to Counseling and Psychoeducation
Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) - except HDFS 2100
Human Rights (HRTS)
Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB)
MGMT 3101. Managerial & Interpersonal Behavior (also offered as BADM 3740)
MGMT 3239. Managing a Diverse Workforce
MGMT 3245. Managerial Behavior in Cross-Cultural Settings
Physiology & Neurobiology (PNB)
Political Science (POLS)
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (SLHS)
Urban & Community Studies (URBN)
Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) - except WGSS 3102
Graduation and Commencement
Graduation (and receipt of your diploma) occurs when you have completed all your requirements.
Commencement is the ceremony in May that celebrates graduation.
Students who wish to participate in commencement must apply to graduate and submit their final plan of study by the fourth week of the final semester. Late submission may result in your name being absent from publications or ineligibility to participate in commencement.
Students finishing coursework in the summer are eligible to “walk” in May commencement but will not graduate until August. Students that finished coursework and graduated in December are eligible to walk in the following May commencement.
For questions about commencement, please visit the Commencement website.
Applying for Graduation: Submitting Your Final Plan of Study
In your final semester, all students are required to complete the following steps for graduation. You must apply for graduation and submit your final plan of study by the 4th week of your final semester (end of September for fall grads, mid-February for spring grads).
- Apply for graduation through the Student Administration System.
- Submit your final plan of study through the Student Administration System.
- Students with a dual degree, double major, or minor will likely have to submit a final plan of study for each through Student Admin. Please check with the home department of your other programs regarding submitting their Final Plan of Study.
- Final Plans of Study are then sent to your advisor, and finally your department head, for approval.
- If approved, your final plan of study will move on to the Registrar's office for final conditional approval.
- If denied, you likely are missing or need to clarify something in your plan. You may resubmit with comments, adjust your schedule, or adjust your graduation term.
Typically, the only notification you will receive is when your final plan of study is approved or not. Learn more about how to view your Plan of Study approvals.
- Check out the UConn Seniors website for information on graduation and post-graduation planning.
- Follow Degree Audit’s Steps to a Successful Graduation to make sure you’re ready to graduate.
- Refer to the Commencement Office for information pertaining to the May commencement ceremony.
- Attend one of the Mandatory Senior Group Advising workshops for psychological sciences majors.