Human behavior has important consequences for future developments in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, computer and interface design, and all the ways we connect and collaborate online. Consider the impact technology has made on human behavior and interaction with applications like Facebook and Twitter. Products such as iPad are acknowledged for their motivational aspects in classroom learning. So the effects of technology and psychology are not only reciprocal, they make a notable impact on society as we continue to innovate.

The psychology cognate introduces you to key concepts in cognition, perception, and behavior that are useful in many career paths, including graduate school. Interface design and user experience testing are examples of technology careers that use psychology. If you are interested in business and marketing, consider adding this cognate. Students interested in graduate school should consider graduate studies in social informatics, security informaticshuman-computer interaction design and cognitive science.

This cognate fulfills the Psychology minor.


Select one course (or sequence) from the following:

  • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I and PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II
  • PSY-P 106 General Psychology, Honors
  • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences

Select one course (or approved course) from the following:

  • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology
  • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
  • approved College of Arts and Sciences statistics course

Select three courses from the following:

  • PSY-P 325 Psychology of Learning
  • PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY-P 330 Perception/Action
  • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience
  • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY-P 350 Human Factors/Ergonomics
  • PSY-P 461 Human Memory