Unlock secrets of the mind!

The psychology major at Franklin & Marshall is widely recognized for its academic excellence and strong focus on empirical research.

Our majors benefit from outstanding facilities and resources, including specialized laboratories. Students are guided on an individual basis by highly acclaimed faculty who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education.

The new Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building provides students access to sophisticated resources enabling investigation in primate behavior, artificial intelligence, the development of communication and language in infants, perceptual problems in night driving and the nature of interpersonal relationships.

  • Incoming Students

    Should I take psychology my first semester?

    If you are interested in the field of psychology, taking Introductory Psychology (Psychology 100) your first semester is a great idea. If you are pursuing health professions requirements, however, it is strongly recommended that you do not enroll in Psychology 100 the first semester. In fact, phealth professions students interested in integrating psychology into their curriculum do so through either the Biological Foundations of Behavior (BFB) program or the Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind (SPM) programs. Students pursuing either of these areas of academic interest bypass Psychology 100.

    What if I have AP or IB credit in the math and/or the sciences?

    It is often appropriate that students with AP or IB credit in science courses consult with a faculty member during the summer to clarify and work out their proper placement.

    If you are considering medical school and wish to use AP credit for an introductory science course, be advised that many medical schools have a variation of the following policy: "AP coursework can be used to fulfill basic premedical requirements if they are supplemented by more advanced course work in that subject." Questions regarding AP credit and the health professions can be addressed to the Director of Health Professions Advising, Dr. Glenn Cummings (glenn.cummings@fandm.edu; 717-291-4191)

    What if I have AP or IB credit in math and/or chemistry?

    If you have AP or IB credit in calculus (including AB or BC), it is very likely you will begin mathematics at a higher level such as Calculus II (MAT 110). If you have scored at a sufficiently high level on the AP test, you will receive AP credit towards graduation. Questions about AP credit in mathematics should http://oldsite.fandm.edu/incoming-students/common-academic-questions/about-biology-chemistry-physics-and-psychology 2/3 2/23/2015 About Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology — Franklin & Marshall be directed to Professor Alan Levine (alevine@fandm.edu; 717-291-4040) in the Mathematics Department.If you have AP or IB credit in chemistry, it is strongly recommended that you consult with the chair of the Chemistry Department, Professor Jennifer Morford (jennifer.morford@fandm.edu; 717-358-4590).

    What if I have AP or IB credit in biology?

    An Advanced Placement (AP) Biology exam score of 4 or 5 is awarded one credit listed on the transcript as Biology (BIO) 179. This biology credit may satisfy the Natural Science with Lab general education requirement, but BIO 179 does not count toward any life science major course requirements. Students interested in studying biology at F&M typically start the biology curriculum with Biology 110 during spring semester of the first year.

    Occasionally students with International Baccalaureate (IB) credit in biology, if they are considering further study of biology, wish to take Biology 220 in their first semester or qualify to take Biology 230 during their second semester. Although F&M generally advises students not to take two laboratory sciences in the first semester (such as Chemistry 111 and Biology 220), such a schedule may be appropriate for some students. To discuss this option, you should contact the Associate Chair of Biology, Professor Janet Fischer; janet.fischer@fandm.edu; 358-4519), as soon as possible in the summer so that it may be determined if it is appropriate for you to receive credit for Biology 110 and/or Biology 220, and thus move directly into Biology 220 or Biology 230.

    What if I have AP or IB credit in physics?

    If you have AP credit for Physics C: Mech. you will receive credit for PHY 111. AP credit for Physics C: F&M will give you credit for PHY 112. If you IB credit in physics please consult with the Physics and Astronomy Department chair, Professor Andrea Lommen (andrea.lommen@fandm.edu; 717-291-3810


Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests.

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A Psychology Major

The Psychology Major at Franklin and Marshall provides not just theoretical guidance in the field but also hands-on research and experience with state-of-the-art equipment and traditional experiments, from virtual reality experiments to skinner box testing of lab rats, the major prepares a student in a truly liberal arts fashion.

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Psychology Faculty

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Interdisciplinary Programs 

The Psychology department also offers majors through two interdisciplinary programs: 

Biological Foundations of Behavior

The  Biological Foundations of Behavior major is also offered in the Psychology department. It is an interdisciplinary program sponsored and jointly staffed by the Biology and Psychology departments.

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Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind

The Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind major is also offered in the Psychology department. It is an interdisciplinary program that combines Philosophy and Psychology, sponsored and jointly staffed by the two departments. 

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Research Opportunities

Many students take advantage of opportunities to present their research findings in professional journals and at conferences such as the Association for Psychological Science, the Cognitive Science Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

Students engage in collaborative work and develop close relationships with faculty. They also enjoy many opportunities to interact informally with other students and faculty, including colloquia and department-sponsored events such as picnics, ballgames, and the annual Homecoming Tailgating Party with alumni.


Research in Psychology

The Psychology department here at Franklin and Marshall College provides a diverse selection of research topics. We have categorized our topics into four categories but many topics overlap the categories because the world is extremely complex! Researchers in the department have provided their main research questions to spark interest in their work. 

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Melissa Stein '99 Returns to Campus

Dr. Melissa Stein '99, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, returned to F&M to visit classes and give a public lecture. 

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Listening to the Deaf Community's Concerns About Culture

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Trained as a biologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology Tim Roth, along with Professor of Biology Aaron Krochmal of Washington College in Maryland, published a groundbreaking paper, "The Role of...

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