Requirements

B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY

Requirements (64-66 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-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 laboratories.

Entering B.A. in Psychology:

  1. Completion of the following:
    • General Education Basic Skills in English (A1)
      • One of the following:
      • ENG 104A. Stretch Composition III
      • ENG 104B. Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
      • ENG 106. Accelerated Stretch Composition II
      • ENG 107. Advanced First-Year Composition
    • General Education Basic Skills in Mathematics (A3)
      • One of the following:
      • MATH 110. College Algebra
      • MATH 115. The Ideas of Mathematics
      • MATH 120. Pre-Calculus Mathematics
      • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus
      • MATH 211. Basic Concept of Calculus
    • PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology, or its equivalent (also satisfies General Education category D4)
    • PSYC 101. Psychology as a Major
    • PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics or its equivalent
  2. The grade earned in the above courses must be no lower than a "C" (2.0).

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

B.A. in Psychology:

  1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology (4)
  2. PSYC 101. Psychology as a Major (1)
  3. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics (5)
  4. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology (6)
  5. Fields of Psychology
    • Twelve units chosen from:
    • PSYC 201. Developmental Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 240. Introduction to Child Development (4)
    • PSYC 355. Industrial Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 382. Psychology of Social Behavior (4)
    • PSYC 385. Personality (4)
    • PSYC 390. Abnormal Psychology (4)
    • Note: Students may apply only one of the following courses to the Psychology major:
    • PSYC 201. Developmental Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 240. Introduction to Child Development (4)
  6. Basic Processes
    • Twelve units chosen from:
    • PSYC 357. History and Systems of Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 360. Cognitive Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 362. Learning and Motivation (4)
    • PSYC 363. Biological Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 364. Perception (4)
  7. Applications
    • Four units chosen from:
    • PSYC 315. Communication Processes (5)
    • PSYC 318. Health Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 351. Behavior Modification: Principles and Applications (4)
    • PSYC 377. Tests and Measurements (4)
    • PSYC 386. Introduction to Psychotherapy (4)
    • PSYC 575. Internship in Psychology (4)
  8. Advanced Culminating Experience (4-6 units)
    • Students must select one of the following options:
    • OPTION I (6 units)
      • Six units chosen from:
      • PSYC 431. Experimental Psychology: Developmental (6)
      • PSYC 432. Experimental Psychology: Clinical (6)
      • PSYC 433. Experimental Psychology: Biological (6)
      • PSYC 434. Experimental Psychology: Social (6)
      • PSYC 435. Experimental Psychology: Personality (6)
      • PSYC 436. Experimental Psychology: Learning and Motivation (6)
      • PSYC 437. Experimental Psychology: Cognition and Perception (6)
      • PSYC 438. Experimental Psychology: Industrial and Organizational (6)
    • OPTION II (4 units)
    • Four units chosen from:
      • PSYC 421. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Developmental (4)
      • PSYC 422. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Clinical (4)
      • PSYC 423. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Biological (4)
      • PSYC 424. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Social (4)
      • PSYC 425. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Personality (4)
      • PSYC 426. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Learning and Motivation (4)
      • PSYC 427. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Cognition and Perception (4)
      • PSYC 428. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Industrial and Organizational (4)
  9. Sixteen units in upper-division psychology electives.
    • Students intending to apply to doctoral programs in psychology are encouraged to take the following courses:
    • PSYC 357. History and Systems of Psychology
    • PSYC 377. Tests and Measurements
    • PSYC 410. Advanced Psychological Statistics
    • PSYC 595. Independent Study
    • and Option I for the culminating experience.

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.

B.A. IN BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Requirements (66 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

  1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology (4)
  2. PSYC 101. Psychology as a Major (1)
  3. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics (5)
  4. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology (6)
  5. PSYC 363. Biological Psychology (4)
  6. PSYC 442. Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
  7. Fields of Psychology
    • Twelve units chosen from:
    • May choose only one of the following two courses:
      • PSYC 201. Developmental Psychology (4)
      • PSYC 240 Introduction to Child Development (4)
    • PSYC 355. Industrial Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 382. Psychology of Social Behavior (4)
    • PSYC 385. Personality (4)
    • PSYC 390. Abnormal Psychology (4)
  8. Basic Processes
    • Four units chosen from:
    • PSYC 357. History and Systems of Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 360. Cognitive Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 364. Perception (4)
  9. Foundations of Biopsychology
    • Eight units chosen from:
    • PSYC 362. Learning and Motivation (4)
    • PSYC 365. Cognitive Neuroscience (4)
    • PSYC 538. Introduction to Psychopharmacology (4)
    • May choose only one of the following two courses:
      • ANTH 327. Primate Evolution and Ecology (4)
      • BIOL 306. Human Heredity and Development (4)
  10. Advanced Culminating Experience
    • Six units chosen from:
    • PSYC 433. Experimental Psychology: Biological (6)
    • PSYC 436. Experimental Psychology: Learning and Motivation (6)
  11. Upper-division biopsychology electives
    • Twelve chosen units from:
    • PSYC 318. Health Psychology (4)
    • PSYC 324. Developmental Psychobiology (4)
    • PSYC 333. Drugs and Behavior (4)
    • PSYC 339. Human Psychophysiology (4)
    • PSYC 362. Learning and Motivation (4)
    • PSYC 365. Cognitive Neuroscience (4)
    • PSYC 367. Neuropsychiatric Disorders (4)
    • PSYC 410. Advanced Psychological Statistics (4)
    • PSYC 423. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Biological (4)
    • PSYC 426. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Learning and Motivation (4)
    • PSYC 538. Introduction to Psychopharmacology (4)
    • May choose only one of the following two courses if not taken in Category 9:
      • ANTH 325. Human Biological Variation and the Concept of Race (4)
      • ANTH 327. Primate Evolution and Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 306. Human Heredity and Development (4)

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

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