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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Welcome to the B. A. in Psychology in the Traditional Undergraduate Program. We help psychology major and minor students learning about how and why human beings act the way they do.

When students graduate from our program they are ready to serve their communities informed citizens or go on to pursue graduate school opportunities. We prepare students with a curriculum that emphases the breadth and depth of psychological theory, which is aligned to the standards from the American Psychological Association. Additionally, all of our students are required to engage in hands-on learning in either a practicum where students serve in underserved areas of Los Angeles or in research labs doing basic and/or applied research.

We support students throughout our program with personal academic advising sessions and we welcome questions from students interested in pursuing a major or minor with us. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you may have.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (54 Units) 

It is recommended that psychology majors take MTH 7 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 - Socicultural 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)

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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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.