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Degree Requirements

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.