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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.
  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 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
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
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives27
Total units180

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
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

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE