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Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to PSYC

- What is an LEP?
- I am a first semester freshman, how do I become a PSYC major?
- What is the advantage of entering PSYC when I am a freshman?
- I want to change my major to PSYC. What do I need to do?
- If I have all the requirements, what is the next step?
- What if I have PSYC100 AP credit and want to become a PSYC major?
- What AP score do I need for PSYC100?
- Will PSYC100 AP credit count as the PSYC100 prerequisite?
-. I am not a PSYC major. What classes can I register for without permission?
- Will my transfer grades affect my GPA?
- Do transfer grades count for my entrance into the PSYC major?
- Do I need to take PSYC221 before applying to the PSYC major?
- Do I need to take PSYC200 before applying to the PSYC major?

BS Option

- I keep on hearing about the BS option. What does that mean?
-. Do PSYC supporting courses count towards the BS option?
- Can AP credit be used for BS option?

Miscellaneous

- What are the grading options for PSYC courses?
- What is the difference between double major & double degree?
- Is it possible to add a double major?
- How does a student apply for PSYC386 (Internship in Psychology)?
- Who does CORE Audits?
- How many credits can I register for each semester?
- How do I find research opportunities?
- What is the difference between the department and the college?
- What is a departmental audit?
- What is a college audit?
- What is a block?
- I am a senior. Why is there a block on my registration?
- I am a freshman. Why is there a block on my registration?
- I am a transfer student. Why is there a block on my account?
- How can I register for a PSYC course if I am not a PSYC major?
- What is the study abroad process?
- Help! There is a long line out the door for advising. What should I do?
- What do I do if I want to take a class at another school?
- Can I take PSYC courses someplace else and transfer them back to UMD?
- If I am a PSYC major am I allowed to take a gateway course at the community college?
- How many PSYC courses can be taken in a semester?
- How many upper level courses do I need to take for graduation?
- Can an undergraduate student take a graduate level class?

What is an LEP?
A few majors on campus are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEPs). This means that students must meet additional academic requirements beyond admission to the University in order to join and remain in the major. PSYC is one of the LEP programs on campus.

I am a first semester freshman, how do I become a PSYC major?
As a freshman you can become a PSYC major by attending an Academic Planning Session, completing an academic plan, and turning in a Change of Major form. You can contact BSOS Advising to register for an Academic Planning session.

What is the advantage of entering PSYC when I am a freshman?
If you change your major to PSYC by the schedule adjustment period of your second semester then you can become a PSYC major and complete certain requirements by 45 credits. Since most PSYC courses are restricted to PSYC majors, this gives you the advantage of being able to take PSYC courses. For more information, please refer to our website at: www.bsos.umd.edu/psyc/undergraduate/Admission.html

I want to change my major to PSYC. What do I need to do?
If you want to change your major to Psychology then the first step is to meet with a PSYC Advisor. You can either come during daily walk in hours from 10-12 or call the office directly to schedule an afternoon appointment.

If I have all the requirements, what is the next step?
You need to attend an Academic Planning Session, complete an academic plan, and complete a PSYC application. Contact BSOS Advising (1248 Tydings) to register for an Academic Planning session. Both the academic plan and the application should be turned in to BSOS Advising.

What if I have PSYC100 AP credit and want to become a PSYC major?
If you have AP credits for PSYC100 then you should take PSYC221 and earn a “B” or higher.

What AP score do I need for PSYC100?
Scores of a 4 or 5 are accepted for AP credit.

Will PSYC100 AP credit count as the PSYC100 prerequisite?
Yes, AP credit for PSYC100 will count as the prerequisite PSYC course.

I am not a PSYC major, what classes can I register for without permission?
PSYC100, PSYC310, PSYC221, PSYC354, & WMST336 are open to all students who have the prerequisites. Non PSYC majors may go on the holdfile for other PSYC classes.

Will my transfer grades affect my GPA?
Your grades from another institution will appear on your transcript but are not factored into the UM GPA.

Do transfer grades count for my entrance into the PSYC major?
Yes, we compute your GPA including your transfer credits for purposes of admission to the major. You must have at least a 2.7 GPA.

Do I need to take PSYC221 before applying to the PSYC major?
You only need to take PSYC221 prior to becoming a PSYC major if you have AP credit for PSYC100. If you are a freshman PSYC major and have PSYC100 AP credit, then you need to take PSYC221 by the time you have earned 45 credits.

Do I need to take PSYC200 before applying to the PSYC major?
No, PSYC200 is not an admission requirement for the PSYC major. You must have PSYC100 and the MATH prerequisite (either MATH111 or MATH140 or MATH220) with C or higher before you can take PSYC200.

I keep hearing about the BS option. What does that mean?
The Undergraduate Psychology major offers 2 different degrees - Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). The list of requirements for the B.S. Degree is available online.

Do PSYC supporting courses count towards the BS option?
Yes, supporting courses for PSYC can also count for BS option.

Can AP credit be used for BS option?
Yes, AP can count for courses for BS option

What are the grading options for PSYC courses?
All courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade.

What is the difference between double major & double degree?
In order to earn a double degree you will need to earn 150 credits. You will get 2 separate diplomas. For a double major, you need to earn 120 credits and both degrees will be listed on 1 diploma.

How does student apply for PSYC386 (Internship on Psychology)?
Get permission first from the Professor listed on Testudo. If the Professor agrees, then you must complete a PSYC386 Contract (pdf). A guide to PSYC 386 is also available.

Who does CORE Audits?
BSOS Advisors do CORE Audits. You will need to schedule an appointment with BSOS Advising.

How many credits can I register for each semester?
16 credits until the 1st day of class but can speak with BSOS Advising if you have a valid reason for needing more credits. On the first day, you can register for up to 20 credits. Contact an Advisor if you have a question about this.

How do I find research opportunities?
Towards the end of every semester, research opportunities are sent out via the listserv. Students can then directly contact Professors to identify their interest. Typically there is an interview process. Students need to complete the PSCY479 Contract (pdf) and have the block removed before they can register for the course.

What is the difference between the department and the college?
Psychology is one of 11 departments in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS).

What is a departmental audit?
A departmental audit involves meeting with a PSYC Advisor to review the Psychology major requirements you have completed and to discuss the courses you still need to take to fulfill the remaining requirements. You should have a departmental audit prior to the college audit.

What is a college audit?
A College audit includes meeting with a BSOS College Advisor. BSOS Advising handles all CORE issues and university policies. You should bring your PSYC audit to BSOS Advising when you visit for your CORE Audit.

What is a block?
A block means that you are unable to register for classes. A block would be listed on your Testudo account. Ask your Advisor if you have questions about a block.

I am a senior. Why is there a block on my registration?
All seniors in BSOS majors need to have a departmental audit and a BSOS audit prior to registration. Only BSOS Advising can remove the block after you have completed both audits.

I am a freshman. Why is there a block on my registration?
All freshmen need to turn an academic plan into BSOS Advising. You can register for an Academic Planning Session in the BSOS Advising office. After your plan is approved by BSOS Advising, then your block will be removed and you can register for classes.

I am a transfer student. Why is there a block on my account?
All transfer students need to turn an academic plan into BSOS Advising. You can register for an Academic Planning Session in the BSOS Advising office. After your plan is approved by BSOS Advising, then your block will be lifted and you can register for classes.

How can I register for a PSYC course if I am not a PSYC major?
If you are not a PSYC major then you should first go on the holdfile for a PSYC course. The next step is to complete a Request for Block Removal form. They are only available in the Undergraduate PSYC office in BPS 1107. Advisors will review the request and get back to you shortly (usually within 48 hours) if a seat is available for you.

What is the study abroad process?
First, visit the Study Abroad office. If you are a PSYC major and are planning to study abroad then you need to have an audit by a PSYC Advisor. Bring your study broad forms with you. Please print out the course information for each PSYC course you are planning to take abroad. You will need to leave the form so please allow 2-3 days for this process.

Help! There is a long line out the door for advising. What should I do?
The Advisors are extremely busy during the beginning of the semester and during registration periods so you will probably have to wait during walk in hours. Sometimes we need to cut students off if we think that there will not be able to be seen during the walk in times. Many students only have quick questions during this time. However, if you have a more involved issue then we suggest that you schedule an appointment.

What do if I want to take a class at another school?
You will need to complete a Permission to Enroll Form and a supplemental PSYC Permission to Enroll form. Both are available in the Undergraduate PSYC office. Please also bring a copy of the course description with you. Please plan early as you will need to leave the form to be reviewed. This process will take 2-3 days.

Can I take PSYC courses someplace else and transfer them back to UMD?
Once you are a PSYC major, we require that you take your PSYC courses at UMD. If you have an extenuating circumstance then please see a PSYC Advisor.

If I am a PSYC major am I allowed to take a gateway course at the community college?
No, you would need to take your gateway requirements at UMD.

How many PSYC courses can be taken in a semester?
You can take a maximum of 3 PSYC courses per semester.

How many upper level courses do I need to take for graduation?
Students should take their final 30 credits in residence at University of Maryland. A minimum of 15 credits must be upper level in the final 30 credits. 12 of the 15 minimum upper level credits in the final 30 credits must be major credits.

Can an undergraduate student take a graduate level class?
Students, usually junior or senior standing, who meet certain criteria are eligible to take graduate level course(s). Students should print and complete the Permission to Take a Graduate Level Course for Undergraduate Credit form. Students first need to obtain the permission from the instructor offering the graduate level class. Then students must obtain an approval from the Undergraduate Studies Director of their major. Once all of the approvals are obtained, bring the completed form to the BSOS Advising Center in 2148 Tydings Hall.