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The Department of Psychology offers courses in the science of psychology, experimental psychology, the brain and behavior, cognition, decision making, drugs and behavior, personality development, social cognition, evolution and behavior, psychopathology, consciousness, cognitive neuroscience, relationships, statistics for behavioral scientists, perception, animal behavior, abnormal behavior, child development. The department also offers seminars and individualized research.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department.


Psychology Certificate

Students interested in preparing for graduate school in psychology should consider the certificate program.

Departmental Advisor for Students in the Postbaccalaureate Studies
Certificate Program:

Prof. Patricia Lindemann, 354A Schermerhorn Extension
pgl2 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu
Office Hours: By appointment


Guide to Course Numbers

Course numbers reflect the structure of the psychology curriculum. The 1000 level contains introductions to psychology, introductory laboratory courses, and statistics. The 2000 level contains lecture courses that are introductions to areas within psychology; most require PSYC W1001 or W1010 as a prerequisite. The 3000 level contains more advanced and specialized undergraduate courses, most of which are given in a seminar format and require instructor permission. The 3900s are the courses providing research opportunities for undergraduates. The 4000 level contains advanced seminars suitable for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Subcategories within the 2000, 3000, and 4000 levels correspond to the three groups in our distribution requirement for undergraduate psychology majors and students completing the Certification of Professional Achievement in Psychology: (1) perception and cognition (2200s, 3200s, and 4200s), (2) psychobiology and neuroscience (2400s, 3400s, and 4400s), and (3) social, personality, and abnormal (2600s, 3600s, and 4600s).

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Requirements for Admission to Graduate Programs in Psychology

Students interested in applying for graduate programs in psychology, including those in clinical psychology, should complete a variety of undergraduate courses, including the Science of Psychology (Psychology W1001), a laboratory course in experimental psychology (Psychology W1420, W1440, W1460, W1480, or W1490), and a course in statistics (Psychology W1610 or Statistics W1001, W1111, or W1211).

Students should also take a variety of more advanced undergraduate courses and seminars, and participate in supervised research (Psychology W3950). Students interested in clinical psychology should obtain experience working in a community service program, in addition to supervised research experience.

More information on applying to graduate school

For questions about specific courses, contact the department.