Psychology, Minor

Studies in psychology introduce students to contemporary understandings of how organisms perceive, learn, think and interact with one another, how they develop, how they are motivated and how, individually and as members of species, they may be compared with one another. Psychology at Penn is a diverse discipline, with topics ranging from neuroscience to psychopathology.

The Minor in Psychology consists of six courses. It is intended to give the student a broad base in Psychology without the commitment to the full course load of the major. The requirements are therefore comparable to those of the major in type but reduced in number. At least three of the six required course units must be taken at Penn. In addition, students minoring in psychology must have a minimum of 3 PSYC courses that they count only towards the minor and not towards any other major or minor. 

Minor Requirements 1
Introductory Psychology
PSYC 0001Introduction to Experimental Psychology1
Select 1 course in each category:
I. Biological Basis of Behavior:1
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Physiology of Motivated Behavior
Cognitive Neuroscience
II. Cognitive Basis of Behavior:1
Language and Thought
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
III. Individual & Group Bases of Behavior 1
Personality and Individual Differences
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Additional Psychology Course 11
Statistics Requirement
Select one of the following approved courses:1
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics (day or summer only)
Statistics for Biologists
Social Statistics
Quantitative Analysis of Anthropological Data
Statistics for Economists
Statistical Inference
Statistics for Research and Measurement
Total Course Units6

 Required: A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor upon graduation.


Any course where PSYC 0001 is a prerequisite.    

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.