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Degree Requirements

MSMU's undergraduate degree program in psychology is designed to expose you to many core areas of psychology. Along with sampling these different areas, you will have the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework in areas that spark your curiosity and a number of opportunities for research experience.

Many of our graduates go on to excel in professional careers in fields such as psychology, social work, medicine, law, business and public administration, as well as in graduate or professional schools. 

If you’re interested in helping people, positioning yourself for a rewarding career, and being involved in interesting research, contact one of our friendly Undergraduate Admissions Counselors and ask about becoming a psychology major at Mount Saint Mary's University. 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (54 Units) 

It is recommended that psychology majors take MTH 10, 50 or 51 (GS-IIIE) in preparation for PSY 40 Basic Statistical Methods.

In addition to fulfilling general studies requirements, all psychology majors are required to take the following courses:

Foundation Courses (9 units)

  • PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 125 - Basic Communication Skills (3)
  • PSY 103 - Applied Psychology (3)
        OR
  • PSY 187 - Careers in Psychology (3)

Methods Courses (12 units)

  • PSY 040 - Basic Statistical Methods (3)
  • PSY 106 - Basic Research Methods (3)
  • PSY 106L - Basic Research Methods Lab (3) 
  • Experiential Methods Course (3)

Knowledge Base Courses (15 units)

One course required in each of the following 5 areas of study

Sociocultural (3)

  • PSY 145 - Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 159 - Social Psychology & Society (3)
  • PSY 167B - Sociocultural Knowledge Base Special Topics (1-3)
  • PSY 125 - Introduction to Counseling (3)
  • PSY 132 - Personality Theory (3) 

Cognitive (3)

  • PSY 161 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • PSY 134 - Learning and Memory Processes (3)
  • PSY 160 - Cognition and Perception (3) 
  • PSY 167C - Cognition Knowledge Base Special Topics (1-3)

Developmental (3)

  • PSY 012 - Lifespan/Human Development (3)
  • PSY 102 - Issues in Human Development (3)
  • PSY 013 - Child Development (3)
  • PSY 128 - Adulthood and Aging (3)
  • PSY 167D - Developmental Knowledge Base SPecial Topics (1-3)

Biological (3)

  • PSY 052 - Biological Psychology (3)
  • PSY 157 - Brain and Behavior (3)
  • PSY 167E - Biological Knowledge Base Special Topics (1-3)

Mental/Physical Health (3)

  • PSY 168 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 122 - Health Psychology (3)
  • PSY 101 - Counseling Theories (3)
  • PSY 132 - Personality Theory (3)
  • PSY 156 - Personality and Adjustment (3)
  • PSY 167F - Mental/Physical Health Knowledge Base Special Topics (1-3)

Practice (3 units)

  • PSY 192 - Practicum (3)
        OR
  • PSY 193 - Research Apprenticeship (0-3) 

Capstone (3 units)

  • PSY 190 - Workshop (1-3)
        OR
  • PSY 195 - Capstone (3)

Applied Elective Courses (12 units)

Students must take 12 units of upper division psychology courses. These applied courses cannot count towards other psychology requirements.

Total Units for Major: 54
*PSY 1 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses.

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Psychology Major Specializations

Psychology majors must select a specialization. The specialization may be changed at any time with advisor authorization.

Undergraduate Psychology Policies

Majors must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in Psychology courses applied toward degree requirements. Grades of C - or lower must be repeated. Courses may only be repeated one time. The higher grade will be computed in the GPA. Students must successfully complete with a grade of C or higher any prerequisites before being admitted to courses with listed prerequisites. This policy may only be waived with instructor consent. Students must also complete General Studies requirements and electives for a total of 124 semester units, including the Modern Language requirement. At least 15 upper division units must be completed in the MSMU Psychology program.