Degree Requirements for the Psychology Major
Psychology Major Requirements
Lower Division: The first two years are a time for laying the groundwork for later course work at the upper division level. Besides the four required lower division psychology courses, students are advised to complete most of the General Education requirements during this time.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|Psychology 100 (Prerequisite for admission to the major)||General Psychology|
|Psychology 110/210 (Prerequisite for admission to the major)||Introductory Statistics|
|Psychology 220 (Prerequisite for admission to the major)||Research Methods|
Upper Division: The curriculum provides flexibility in course choices at the same time that students will receive breadth and depth in subject matter. Students completing this curriculum should have a well-balanced exposure to the field of psychology.
Take Psychology 301, Psychology as a Discipline and a Profession, which provides information suitable for career and graduate school planning, as well as skills useful to maximize performance in courses. As of Fall 2003, Psy 301 must be completed within a year of declaring the psychology major to maintain major status.
|Group I Courses: Select two courses from the following:|
|Psychology 331||Sensation and Perception|
|Psychology 337||Psychology of Happiness|
|Psychology 340, 341 or 342||Physiology of Behavior, Neuropsychology or Psychopharmacology|
|Group II Courses: Select two courses from the following:|
|Psychology 351||Social Psychology|
|Psychology 361 or 365||Child and Adolescent Development or Adult Development and Aging|
Groups I and II are often viewed as the “core” content areas of psychology and it is important for all majors to be exposed to as many of these as possible. Those thinking of graduate study would be well advised to elect more than the minimum number of courses in these categories.
|Group III courses: Select two courses from the following three groups (must be from two different groups):|
|Psychology 354||Psychology of Women|
|Psychology 362||Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Psychology 363||Developmental Psychopathology|
|Psychology 368||Asian American Personality & Mental Health|
|Psychology 370||Abnormal Psychology|
|Psychology 383||Women, Family and Work Issues|
|Psychology 310||Intermediate Statistics|
|Psychology 314||Psychological Assessment|
|Psychology 315||Psychological Testing|
|Psychology 359||Self-Observation and Self-Development|
|Psychology 327I||Introduction to Human Factors|
|Psychology 346I||Evolutionary Psychology|
|Psychology 373||Introduction to Clinical Psychology|
|Psychology 375I||Community Psychology|
|Psychology 378||Health Psychology|
|Psychology 381||Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psy of Work Behavior)|
The courses in Group III involve populations studied (Group A), methods of study (Group B), and professional fields of Psychology (Group C). Students exploring which populations interest them or which subfield to pursue for a career are encouraged to select courses from Groups A and C respectively.
PSYCHOLOGY 400-LEVEL COURSES
Select two (only 3 units from Psy 405, 406A, 406B) NO UNITS FROM PSY 499.
400-level course only for Majors who have completed Psy 301.
PSYCHOLOGY UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES
Select two upper-division (300 level and above) Psychology courses not already used to satisfy the requirements above.
PSYCHOLOGY SUPPORTING FIELDS
Two upper-division courses in the social and behavioral science departments of College of Liberal Arts (CLA) including one with an emphasis on contemporary US ethnic studies.