Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Biological Psychology

Requirements (66 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

As prerequisites for acceptance into the B.A. in Psychology or Biological Psychology, students must complete the following as a "Pre-biopsychology major." Upon completion of the requirements, student's major will be changed automatically from "Pre-biopsychology" to "Biological Psychology" status. Following formal entrance to the psychology Biological Psychology major, students may proceed with PSYC 311 and 400-level courses. Students enrolled in their Pre-biopsychology 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-biopsychology 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 - Biological 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 - Biological Psychology (Program Code: PBIO)

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 101Psychology as a Major1
PSYC 210Psychological Statistics5
PSYC 311Introduction to Experimental Psychology6
PSYC 363Biological Psychology4
PSYC 442Behavioral Neuroscience4
Fields of Psychology. Twelve units chosen from:12
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Child Development
Industrial Psychology
Psychology of Social Behavior
Abnormal Psychology
Basic Processes. Four units chosen from:4
History and Systems of Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Foundations of Biopsychology. Eight units chosen from:8
Learning and Motivation
Cognitive Neuroscience
Introduction to Psychopharmacology
Primate Evolution and Ecology
Human Heredity and Development
Advanced Culminating Experience:
PSYC 433Experimental Psychology: Biological6
or PSYC 436 Experimental Psychology: Learning and Motivation
Upper-division biopsychology electives. Twelve chosen units from:12
Health Psychology
Developmental Psychobiology
Drugs and Behavior
Human Psychophysiology
Learning and Motivation
Cognitive Neuroscience
Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Advanced Psychological Statistics
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Biological
Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Learning and Motivation
Introduction to Psychopharmacology
Human Biological Variance and the Concept of Race (if not taken as an upper-division psychology elective)
Primate Evolution and Ecology
Human Heredity and Development
Total Units66

Students intending to apply to doctoral programs in biopsychology are encouraged to take appropriate course work in biology, chemistry, and physics.