Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Requirements (64-66 units)

As prerequisites for acceptance into the B.A. in Psychology, students must complete the following as a "Pre-psychology major." Upon completion of the requirements, student's major will be changed automatically from "Pre-psychology" to "Psychology" status. Following formal entrance to the psychology major, students may proceed with PSYC 311 and 400-level courses. Students enrolled in their pre-psychology course in statistics (e.g. PSYC 210) will be allowed to enroll in PSYC 311 for the following quarter with the understanding that all pre-psychology requirements will be completed successfully. Prior to completing the prerequisites, students who have completed PSYC 100 may proceed with upper division major requirements with the exception of PSYC 311 and the upper division seminars and laboratories.

Requirements to enter the B.A. in Psychology

General Education Basic Skills in English (A1) (4)
One of the following:4
Stretch Composition III
Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
Accelerated Stretch Composition II
Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
Advanced First-Year Composition
General Education Basic Skills in Mathematics (A3) (14)
One of the following:4
College Algebra
The Ideas of Mathematics
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Methods of Calculus
Basic Concepts of Calculus
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology (or its equivalent; also satisfies General Education category D4)4
PSYC 101Psychology as a Major1
PSYC 210Psychological Statistics5

Students may earn no grade lower than a “C” (2.0) in each of these courses.  In addition, students must have a GPA of 2.5 in the Pre-psychology major and an overall University GPA of 2.25.

Students are encouraged to petition for the "Pre-psychology major" and to complete PSYC 101 early in the curriculum.

Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology (Program Code: PSYC)

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 101Psychology as a Major1
PSYC 210Psychological Statistics5
PSYC 311Introduction to Experimental Psychology6
Fields of Psychology
Twelve units chosen from:12
Developmental Psychology *
Introduction to Child Development *
Industrial Psychology
Psychology of Social Behavior
Abnormal Psychology
Basic Processes
Twelve units chosen from:12
History and Systems of Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Biological Psychology
Four units chosen from:4
Communication Processes
Health Psychology
Behavior Modification: Principles and Applications
Tests and Measurements
Introduction to Psychotherapy
Internship in Psychology
Sixteen units in upper-division psychology electives. Students intending to apply to doctoral programs in psychology are encouraged to take the following courses:16
History and Systems of Psychology
Tests and Measurements
Advanced Psychological Statistics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Advanced Culminating Experience
Students must select one of the following options:4-6
Total Units64-66

Option I

Six units chosen from:6
Experimental Psychology: Developmental
Experimental Psychology: Clinical
Experimental Psychology: Biological
Experimental Psychology: Social
Experimental Psychology: Personality
Experimental Psychology: Learning and Motivation
Experimental Psychology: Cognition and Perception
Experimental Psychology: Industrial and Organizational
Total Units6

Option II

Four units chosen from:4
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Developmental
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Clinical
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Biological
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Social
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Personality
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Learning and Motivation
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Cognition and Perception
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Industrial and Organizational
Total Units4

Students interested in other educational and career goals have the opportunity to either diversify or concentrate their studies according to individualized plans developed in consultation with a departmental advisor.