Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

FAQ

The following are frequently asked questions of Loyola's Department of Psychology:

In addition to an advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences, each psychology student should have a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department. To request a faculty advisor, visit the Psychology Department office in Coffey Hall 231, or call 773.508.3001.

Your Psychology Faculty Advisor will periodically meet with you to go over course requirements, departmental activities, special courses, career opportunities, etc., and answer any questions that you might have. Please know that it is your responsibility to contact your advisor who will work with you on an "as needed" basis for the rest of your stay at Loyola. 
 
However, there are several things that your Psychology Faculty Advisor CAN NOT help you with including:
  • approval of attending courses at another college or university
  • audit a course
  • register for over 18 hours or less than 12
  • repeat a course
  • take a course pass/fail
Additional information on several of these items are found in this FAQ section.
 
Please DO NOT contact your faculty advisor for any of these things. Only your first and second year advisor or your CAS advisor advisor can help you with these things.
 
You can see who your advisors are by signing into LOCUS.
 
For more information on advising please see here.

No, in spite of some of these courses having the same course number (PSYC 101, 275, 279, 304, 306, 338, 353, 356, 362) as our courses SCPS ONLN courses are not the same and thus do not count towards the Psychology major or minor in the College of Arts & Sciences.

YES, you must take and pass (C- or better) a psychological statistics course to fulfill the statistics requirement and to serve as a prerequisite for PSYC 306. STATS 103 can fulfill your math requirement, but not your PSYC 304 requirement.  AP Statistics does not count for PSYC 304. Transfer statistics classes must be a statistics course offered by a psychology department.

In order to register for PSYC 306 you must have taken PSYC 304 (or received credit for an equivalent psychological statistics class on your transcript) and already received a grade of C- or better.  Other statistics classes such as AP Statistics, BIOL 335, SOCl 301, or STATS 103 are not accepted as prerequisites for PSYC 304. 

Classes cannot accommodate students over the stated limit. There is no formal waiting list process.  Occasionally individual course instructors will keep a list of students who have special circumstances so that if a spot becomes available they may be able to fill it with that student.  This is always done at the individual instructor level so the Undergraduate Program Director and Department Chairs are not involved.
 
If a particular section is full please try to identify another course that will fill the requirements for the major.  When planning for registration meet with your Psychology Faculty Advisor well in advance of registration and develop a plan for the next semester including several alternatives for every class.  Be sure to always register right at your registration appointment.  Seniors should be able to get into the classes they need if they register on time.

You may receive credit for psychology courses that you take at other colleges and universities towards your 12 course Loyola Psychology Major/Minor (13 for honors).  When you transfer into Loyola from another school your previous academic record is evaluated and you will receive credit for some courses that you have taken.  You may count up to 6 transfer classes (18 hours) towards your Psychology Major and 3 (9 hours) towards your minor. This includes any AP Psychology credit you may have received.

You may also seek preapproval for courses you would like to take at another college or university while you are enrolled at Loyola according to the following policies:

  1. Participation in a study abroad program.  To receive transfer course credit for classes you may take abroad please follow the procedures found here.
  2. You may also pre-apply to receive credit for psychology classes you may take at another school not as a part of a study abroad program. The university procedures on this policy may be found here. First, the course MUST NOT be offered at Loyola at the time you want to take it at the other school (Fall, Spring, Summer). It doesn't matter if you plan not to be on campus at that time, you may not take the course elsewhere if we offer it here.  To be eligible to receive credit for the class you must obtain preapproval before the other class starts.  Please do this by filling out the form here and sending: 1) the name of your CAS advisor, 2) a copy of the syllabus of the course you would like to take (or a URL of the course description) and, 3) a list of any other transfer classes that you have already received psychology credit for to the Psychology Undergraduate Program Director.  This is the procedure only for receiving credit for psychology classes.  For courses in other majors you need to follow the same procedure and send the completed form to that department Chair or Undergraduate Program Director.

If the course is required for your major such as PSYC 101, 304, or 306 then yes, because it is required. Likewise Nursing majors may also take PSYC 273 again. You don’t need departmental approval just speak with your first and second year or CAS advisor and that person can enroll you again. Please take the course from a DIFFERENT instructor than you took it the last time.

However, if the course is one choice among many (e.g., a group A or B lecture or an advanced lab course, or another elective) then the answer is no – please choose a different course to fulfill that requirement. So if you failed PSYC 273 Developmental Psychology, then you need to take a different Group A lecture. To see the different courses which fulfill the various requirements of the major please take a look at the Psychology Major Checklist or the Psychology Course Matrix‌.

Psychology majors are to abide by Academic Council's double dipping policy which instructs that not more than three courses offered by one department may count towards two different majors.

There are two notable exceptions for the Psychology Department:

Co-Majoring in Neuroscience

The following courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major even though they may also be used to satisfy the requirements of the biology major and/or the neuroscience major/minor:

  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 202/BIOL 202: Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC 240/BIOL 240: Psychology and Biology of Perception
  • PSYC 250: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 279: Judgment and Decision-Making
  • PSYC 304: Statistics
  • PSYC 306: Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 311/BIOL 313: Lab in Psychobiology
  • PSYC 314: Lab in Experimental Psychology - Cognition
  • PSYC 369/370: Honors in Psychology
  • PSYC 382/BIOL 284: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 387: Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 397: Independent Research

Co-Majoring in Social Work

Social Work Majors may count PSYC 101 and 304 and any other three PSYC classes approved by the School of Social Work towards both the Psychology and Social Work Majors.

Learn more about what a course might be like by taking a look at an example syllabus:  CAS Syllabus Project

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Talk with our graduate students to learn more about what graduate school in psychology is like. Also, visit the Careers in Psychology page to see why you might decide to go to graduate school in psychology. Lastly, if you are planning to apply for graduate programs in psychology or a related field then these resources might be helpful.