BS Psychology

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciation of human diversity and multicultural perspectives
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving skills as applied to psychological issues
  3. Appreciation of psychology as science
  4. Understanding how attitudes, attributions, and social psychological principles explain behavior
  5. Knowledge of maturation processes and stages of individual development across the lifespan
  6. Understanding how conditioning, reinforcement, discrimination, and aversion affect behavior
  7. Knowledge of cognitive processes such as perception, memory, problem solving
  8. Knowledge of psychological disorders, their causes, and approaches to treatment

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.

MAJOR COURSES
PSY 201General Psychology (D4) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
PSY 252Social Psychology4
PSY/CD 256Developmental Psychology4
PSY 305Personality4
PSY 323The Helping Relationship4
PSY 329Research Methods in Psychology4
PSY 333Quantitative Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences3
PSY 340Biopsychology (B5) 14
PSY 372Multicultural Psychology (USCP)4
PSY 405Abnormal Psychology4
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 457Memory and Cognition4
PSY 458Learning4
PSY 461Senior Project Seminar1
PSY 462Senior Project3
PSY electives (300-400 level)20
SUPPORT COURSES
BIO 302Human Genetics4
or PSY 344 Behavioral Genetics
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
Select from the following:4
Children's Learning and Development in Diverse Families and Communities
African American Cultural Images
Native American Cultural Images
Asian American Cultural Images
Mexican American Cultural Images
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
Critical Race Theory
The Social Construction of Whiteness
African American Psychology
Intergroup Dialogues
Psychology of Aging
Psychology of Gender
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Sexuality Studies
Religion, Gender, and Society
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)60
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives27
Total units180
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 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 BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science4
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
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Major) 10
D5Upper-division elective (no PSY course)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units60
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE