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Undergraduate Program in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in Psychology to accompany other majors. 

2016-2018 Catalog Description of Psychology Major and Minor

2016-2018 Catalog Description of Psychology Courses

BA in Psychology

The undergraduate Psychology curriculum at CSUB balances the structure of a common set of foundational courses needed by all Psychology majors with the flexibility that allows them to pursue their own special interests within the discipline.

As part of their preparation, students participate in a supervised applied experience in psychology , a feature unique to the Psychology major at CSUB. This applied experience may involve working in a psychology-related position in the community for pay or as a volunteer, serving as a teaching assistant, or getting involved as a research assistant.

Students also gain valuable experience in the science of psychology through a carefully planned sequence of research methods courses. This sequence culminates in an advanced laboratory course in a specialized area of the student’s choosing. Many students continue to pursue their research interests outside the classroom under the guidance of faculty research mentors.

The Psychology major at CSUB prepares students for a wide array of job opportunities  in human services and business settings that require strong written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, interpersonal sensitivity and confidence, data analytic abilities, and information technology skills. The major also prepares students for advanced graduate work in Psychology.

Students should develop a plan of study and consult with their academic advisors frequently to stay on track toward graduation. See Advising in Psychology

Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology

Prerequisites (12 units)

PSYC 100/1018, Explorations in Psychology
PSYC 200/2018, Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychological Research, OR
MATH 2200, Introduction to Statistical Concepts
PSYC 290/2020, Psychology as a Profession
PSYC 291/2030, Interpersonal and Group Process Skills

Major Requirements (39 units) 

Core Courses (9 units)
PSYC 250/2110, Understanding Psychological Research I
PSYC 300B/3110, Undersanding Psychological Research II
PSYC 490/4900, Senior Seminar OR
PSYC 491/4910, Senior Thesis

Foundation Courses (12 units)
Two courses from Area A and Two from Area B

Area A
PSYC 203/2230, Biological Psychology
PSYC 301/3210, Principles of Learning
PSYC 302/3220, Sensation and Perception
PSYC 304/3240, Cognitive Psychology

Area B
PSYC 210/2250, Lifespan Development
PSYC 310/3250, Child Psychology
PSYC 312/3260, Social Psychology
PSYC 315/3270, Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 316/3280, Personality

Advanced Laboratory (3 units)
One lab from PSYC 301L/4210, 302L/4220, 303L/4230, 304L/4240,
310L/4250, 312L/4260, 315L/4270, or 316L/4280 

Applications of Psychology (3 units)
Choose one of the following:
PSYC 4810, Directed Research in Brain & Behavior
PSYC 4820, Directed Research in Applied Psychology
PSYC 496/4860, Internship in Applied Psychology
PSYC 497/4870, Cooperative Education
PSYC 498/4880, Directed Study in the Instruction of Psychology

Psychology Electives (12 units)
#1:  lower division, or CR/NC course
#2:  upper division or lower division
#3:  upper division
#4:  upper division

Students under the Fall 2016 Catalog may choose to pursue a Minor. However, as of Fall 2016, the minor is optional, and would entail 4 classes in another program (12 units).

Note: All prerequisite, major, and minor courses must be completed within the 10 years prior to graduation. Courses that are more than 10 years old must be recertified. See our recertification policy for ways in which old courses can be recertified.

Sign up for Applied Experience

Everything Psychology students need to know about applied experience (e.g., what it is, how to sign up, which forms to use) is now in Psychology Connection on Blackboard.