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Psychology - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (code PSY_BA01) (120 units)

The program has been designated as impacted by the California State University and a supplemental application may be required.

Admission Under Impaction

Applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed 60 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses or articulated equivalents, each with a minimum grade of “C”: PSY 100, 210, and 220. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be admitted for available spaces based on cumulative grade point average (but with a minimum of 2.25). Students provisionally admitted to the major must complete PSY 301 with a passing grade no later than the end of their first semester in the major, or they will be dropped from the major.

Learning Goals and Technical Skills

Students who graduate with a major in psychology should have current knowledge of: the major theories in psychology; the methodologies of psychological research and statistical concepts; the biological processes underlying behavior; sensation, perception, information processing and retention; how behaviors develop and change; how internal, environmental, and social factors influence behavior; individual differences in behavior, including those related to gender, ethnicity, and culture; different perspectives on the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior; ethical issues in teaching, research, and the practice of professional psychology.


The psychology curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad background in the principles of Psychology.

Lower Division (14 units):

Take all of the following courses:

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 210 Introductory Statistics (4)
  • PSY 220 Research Methods (4)
  • PSY 241 Psychobiology (3)

Upper Division:

Take the following course:

  • PSY 301 Introduction to Psychology as a Discipline and Profession (3)

Take two courses (6 units) from the following:

  • PSY 331, 332, 333; 336 or 337; 340 or 341 or 342; 343;

Take two courses (6 units) from the following:

  • PSY 351, 356; 361 or 365;

Take two courses (6 units) from different groups:

  • 1. PSY 354, 362, 363, 368, 370, 383;
  • 2. PSY 310, 314, 315, 359;
  • 3. PSY 327I, 346I, 373, 375, 378, 381;

Take 6 units of 400-level PSY courses. No more than 3 units from 405, 406A or 406B may be counted in this category. PSY 499 cannot be counted to satisfy this requirement.

Take 6 units of any upper division psychology courses not used to satisfy the requiremens above;

Take 6 units of upper division units in American Indian Studies, American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Economics, Educational Psychology, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. At least 3 units must have an emphasis in contemporary U.S. ethnic studies. A list of acceptable ethnic studies courses may be obtained from the Psychology Advising Office in PSY 206.

Students are advised to consult with the Psychology Advising Office for course choices most relevant to their individual goals.

Honors in Psychology

Admission Requirements

  • 1. Admitted to the major.
  • 2. A 3.5 GPA in all Psychology courses.
  • 3. At least a 3.25 overall GPA.
  • 4. Letter of support from a psychology faculty member agreeing to serve as Honors Thesis Chair.
  • 5. Submit honors application to the Psychology Honors Advisory Committee.


Complete all requirements for the psychology major.

Complete all of the following courses:

  • PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics (4)
  • PSY 490H Special Topics – Honors (3)
  • PSY 496H Research Preparation – Honors (3)
  • PSY 498H Senior Thesis – Honors (3)

Complete 3 units in any other 400-level psychology course exclusive of the following: PSY 405, 406, or 499.

Minor in Psychology (code PSY_UM01)

The Minor in Psychology is available to any non-Psychology major.

A minimum of 23 units.

Take all the following courses:

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 210 Introductory Statistics (4)
  • PSY 220 Research Methods (4)
  • PSY 241 Psychobiology (3)

Take 9 upper-division psychology units including at least one course from the following courses:

  • PSY 331, 332, 333; 336 or 337; 340 or 341 or 342; 343; and at least one course from PSY 351, 356; 361 or 365; and one elective.