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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (120 units)

Admission Under Impaction

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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)
    * "C" or better required
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: GE A1 requirement.
  • PSY 110 Introductory Statistics (4)
    * "C" or better required
    Prerequisites: Eligible to take a General Education Mathematics course.
  • PSY 220 Research Methods (4)
    * "C" or better required
    Prerequisites: PSY 100; PSY 110 or SOC 170 or HDEV 190.
    250 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or better, and Completion of GE A1 (Written Communication) requirement.
  • PSY 241 Psychobiology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, GE A1 requirement.

Upper Division:

Take the following course:

  • PSY 301 Introduction to Psychology as Discipline and Profession (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100.

Take two courses (6 units) from the following:

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

Take two courses (6 units) from the following:

  • PSY 351, PSY 356; PSY 361 or PSY 365;

Take two courses (6 units) from different groups:

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

Take 6 units of 400-level PSY courses. No more than 3 units from PSY 405, PSY 406A or PSY 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 requirements 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, Communication Studies, Comparative World Literature & Classics, Economics, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography, History, Human Development, International Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance, German and Russian, 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 Resource Office in PSY 206.

The mission of the Psychology Resource Office ( Pro-PSY room 206) is to prepare psychology majors for life after graduation. PRO provides students with guidance to get the most out of their education in order to best achieve their future career goals. Some of our most popular resources include: 1) learning about the department( e.g. what specific courses are like) 2) how to get involved in important activities (e.g., research, internships), 3) finding out about graduate school programs and how to maximize their application's competitiveness, and 4) how to find job opportunities with a Psychology B.A. PRO also provides a one-on-one mentoring program called PALS ( PRO Academic Life Solutions) to assist psychology majors with maximizing their academic success and to explore graduate school/ career goals.

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