At A Glance: The Perception, Action, Cognition Division- Ecological

For full details, please see the division’s website or contact the division head.

Required Courses

 Within the first two years:

* PSYC 5574 Control and Coordination of Action
* PSYC 5571 Sensation and Perception I
PSYC 5104 Foundations of Research in the Psychological Sciences I
PSYC 5105 Foundations of Research in the Psychological Sciences II

* Whichever course offered at the time is taken, followed by the other the following year or semester


Other Divisional Core Requirements- Two of the following courses are required. These two courses must be taken before prelims. The others courses are recommended but not required.

PSYC 5553 Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics
PSYC 5554 Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics
PSYC 5575 Introduction to Cognitive Systems
** Developmental Systems
STAT 5825 Applied Time Series Analysis
** Introduction to Complex Systems

Highly Recommended

PSYC 6505 Practicum in Teaching Experimental Psychology
** Longitudinal Data Analysis

** Offered as “Current Topics” courses



Degree Milestones

General Examination

  • Typically taken in the 4th year
  • Two week take-home exam covering Historical, Technical, and Theory domains
  • Students do not take it until they have submitted a senior-authored paper for publication and demonstrate the wherewithal to complete a dissertation

Dissertation Proposal

  • Announced to the division
  • Oral defense open to the division

Dissertation Defense

  • Completely open to all to attend; family members leave before questions; non-PhDs leave before deliberation

Please also see the full Master’s and PhD requirements list in the brochure.

The Psychological Sciences Graduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Catalog can be referred to for any questions on policies or rules.


Outside Resources



 For full details beyond what is listed on this page, please see the division’s brochure.