The program consists of the common core plus eight additional courses in a concentration area.  Bachelor of Arts students are required to take fourteen general electives which may be psychology and/or other department courses.  Students may choose to complete a minor or double-major.  Bachelor of Arts students must fulfill the Modern Language requirement.

Common Core

Capstone

Students who are double majors with PSY as their primary major may take only one capstone in either major. University Honors students are not required to complete the capstone in PSY, however it is recommended.

Upon faculty approval psychology majors may register for the following psychology course PSY 390 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY, PSY 396 HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY, PSY 397 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING/PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH, PSY 398 TUTORING AND MENTORING IN PSYCHOLOGY, and PSY 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY.

PSY 105 and PSY 106 are not sequential, i.e., one is not a prerequisite for the other. They may be taken in either order.

For the research sequence, PSY 240 STATISTICS I must be taken first; PSY 241 and PSY 242 may be taken in either order.  A special note:  PSY 340 STATISTICS II, an elective course, may be taken immediately after the completion of PSY 240 STATISTICS I.

Concentration Requirements

Students must complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Standard; Human Development; Human Services; Industrial/Organizational; Community; or Comprehensive Evening Program.  Students are limited to only declaring one concentration.​

 

PSY 105

INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I

Introduction to the history and science of psychology; human development through the life span; learning, memory, thinking, language, and intelligence; personality; social psychology. PSY 105 and PSY 106 will include a research participation requirement of no more than six hours. PSY 105 and PSY 106 may be taken in either order; one is not a prerequisite for the other.

PSY 106

INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II

Introduction to the history and science of psychology; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; motivation and work; emotion; stress and health; psychological disorders; therapy. PSY 105 and PSY 106 will include a research participation requirement of no more than six hours. PSY 105 and PSY 106 may be taken in either order; one is not a prerequisite for the other.

PSY 240

STATISTICS I

Descriptive and inferential statistics in the behavioral sciences.
Prerequisites:
(PSY 105 or PSY 106) and LSP 120 or equivalents are a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 241

RESEARCH METHODS I

Introduction to methods of psychological research to enable students to become more sophisticated consumers of research information. Students will learn and apply basic methodological concepts and skills. Students will conduct a non-experimental research project, analyze the data, and write a paper based on the project. PSY 241 and PSY 242 may be taken in either order; one is not a prerequisite for the other.
Prerequisites:
(PSY 105 or PSY 106) and (PSY 240 or MAT 242 or SOC 279 or MAT 137) are a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 242

RESEARCH METHODS II

Design, execution, analysis and interpretation of psychology research, with an emphasis on experimental design. Students will conduct an experimental research project, analyze the data, and write a paper based on the project. PSY 241 and PSY 242 may be taken in either order; one is not a prerequisite for the other.
Prerequisites:
(PSY 105 or PSY 106) and (PSY 240 or MAT 242 or SOC 279) are a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 361

HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

Historical development of psychology and its fields. Cross-level with PSY 461.
Prerequisites:
(PSY 105 or 106), PSY 240, (PSY 241 or equivalents) and PSY 242 are a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 340

STATISTICS II

Introduction to advanced statistical techniques such as analysis of variance and regression models.
Prerequisites:
PSY 240 or equivalents is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 396

HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Attendance at monthly Honors Seminar is required. Honors thesis is completed during the student's senior year. Can be registered for more than once.
Prerequisites:
Senior standing is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 397

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING/PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH

Experiential Learning/Psychology Research.

PSY 398

TUTORING AND MENTORING IN PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisites:
Senior standing is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 399

INDEPENDENT STUDY

 

PSY 390

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY

Independent Research in Psychology. Student will work with a faculty mentor to develop an individualized plan of work involving some aspect of research. This can include, but is not limited to, reviewing literature, developing a research project, collecting data on an ongoing project, coding or analyzing data, developing a research presentation, or working in the community on research or intervention projects. Students taking the course for 4 or more units must produce a graded project at the end of the quarter.