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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of knowledge and application of psychological ideas to “real-world” problems; Students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems. These include: a) understanding of how personality, culture, social context, and intergroup dynamics explain behavior; b) understanding cognitive and perceptual processes and their biological foundations and; c) knowledge of mental and physical health and illness.

  2. Students should be able to understand scientific principles, think critically, and interpret, design, and conduct psychological research.

  3. Students will develop intrapersonal knowledge and interpersonal skills to contribute to building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. 

  4. Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Students will develop skills and experience to enable them to succeed personally and professionally.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

PSY 102Orientation to the Psychology Major2
PSY 201General Psychology (E) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
PSY 252Social Psychology4
PSY/CD 256Developmental Psychology4
PSY 323The Helping Relationship4
PSY 329Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 333Quantitative Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences4
PSY 340Biopsychology (B5) 14
PSY 372Multicultural Psychology (USCP)4
Biological and Cognitive
Select from the following:8
Behavioral Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Sensation and Perception
Cognitive Neuroscience
Social and Personality
Select from the following: 28
Behavior in Organizations (D5)
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Nonviolent
Applied Social Psychology
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
Mental and Physical Health
Select from the following: 28
Psychology of Aging (D5)
Health Psychology
Introduction to Positive Psychology
Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Child Abuse and Neglect
Supervised Fieldwork and/or Research Internship
Select from the following:10
Research Internship I
Research Internship II
Supervised Fieldwork I
Supervised Field Work II
PSY 461Senior Project Seminar2
PSY 462Senior Project2
PSY electives (300-400 level) 312
Select from the following (B2): 14
General Biology
Biology of Sex
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 302Human Genetics4
or PSY 344 Behavioral Genetics
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
Select from the following: 24
Children's Development in Diverse Cultures
African Americans in Popular Culture (D5)
Native Americans in Popular Culture (D5)
Asian Americans in Popular Culture (D5)
Latina/os in Popular Culture (D5)
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology (B7)
Critical Race Theory (D5)
The Social Construction of Whiteness (D5)
African American Psychology
Intergroup Dialogues (D5)
Psychology of Gender
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (D5)
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective (D5)
Sexuality Studies (C4)
Religion, Gender, and Society
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives24
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Support)0
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5) (4 units in Major) 10
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective 24
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective (4 units in Major)0
Total units56