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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is both preparations for advanced study and a terminal liberal arts degree.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is 180 units, of which 76-79 units are in the major depending on the courses selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

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Psychology is an IMPACTED Major. What does this mean?

» If you are interested in applying to CSULA as a First-time Freshman or Transfer Student, click here for information regarding supplemental program admission criteria to the psychology major. You can also get more information from the University Admissions page.

» Current CSULA students wishing to change their major to psychology, go here for GPA requirements and application.

 

Requirements for the Major (76-79 units)

The major requires a lower division core of 17 units, an upper division core of 19 to 20 units and 40 to 42 units of electives from designated categories as explained below. All psychology majors must receive a grade of C- or higher in all psychology courses.

Lower Division Core (17 units)
*PSY 150 - Introductory Psychology (4)
*PSY 170 - Introductory Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
+PSY 200 - Introduction to Psychological Science (4)
*PSY 202 - Descriptive Statistics (5)

Upper Division Core (19-20 units)
PSY 302 - Inferential Statistics in Psychology (5)
PSY 304 - Research Methods in Psychology (6)
PSY 308 - History and Systems of Psychology (4)
One course from Group V: Methodology (4-5)

Upper Division Electives (40-42 units)
Select two courses each from Groups I-IV (32 units). Select any two additional courses from Groups I-V (8-10 units). A total of 4 units of courses listed in the Applied Psychology/Community Engagement Category can be taken toward fulfillment of upper division elective requirements and applied to any group.

Group I: Developmental
PSY 362 - Psychological & Psychosocial Dev. Stages in Maturity & Aging (4)
PSY 388 - Sex and Gender (4)
PSY 403 - Psychosocial Dynamics of Child Maltreatment & Family Violence (4)
PSY 412A - Psychology of Human Dev.: Infancy & Childhood (4)
PSY 412B - Psychology of Human Dev.: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (4)
PSY 426 - Family Therapy Dynamics and Perspectives (4)
PSY 433 - Psychology of Cognitive Development (4)
PSY 462 - Psychology of Human Development: Maturity and Aging (4)

Group II: Social/Community
PSY 307 - Physiology & Psych of Violence and Aggression (4)
PSY 322 - Social Psychology (4)
PSY 330 - Psychology of Prejudice & Discrimination (4)
PSY 402 - Media Psychology (4)
PSY 415 - Interpersonal Relationships (4)
PSY 419 - Psychology of Gender (4)
PSY 445 - Community Psychology – Service Learning (4)
PSY 450 - Principles of Health Psychology (4)
PSY 464 - Psychology and the Law (4)

Group III: Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
PSY 323 - Psychology of Emotion & Motivation (4)
PSY 343 - Child Adolescent Cognition (4)
PSY 401 - Physiological Psychology (4)
PSY 421 - Psychology of Learning and Behavior (4)
PSY 424 - Cognitive Psychology (4)
PSY 425 - Sensation and Perception (4)
PSY 428 - Introduction to Analysis of Behavior (4)
PSY 435 - Behavior Analysis & Treatment of Developmental Disabilities (4)
PSY 440 - Behavior Analysis and Autism (4)
PSY 490 - Human Memory (4)

Group IV: Individual/Abnormal
PSY 309 - Human Violence & Individual Change (4)
PSY 310 - Abnormal Psychology I (4)
PSY 318 - Psychology of Personality (4)
PSY 410 - Abnormal Psychology II (4)
PSY 427 - Family Therapy Techniques: Strategies for Change (4)
PSY 436A - Counseling & Psychotherapy: Theories, Methods, & Issues (4)
PSY 436B - Counseling & Psychotherapy: Theories, Methods, & issues (4)
PSY 438 - Introduction to Clinical & Counseling Psychology (4)
PSY 439 - Racial/Ethnic Minority Mental Health (4)

Group V: Methodology
PSY 411 - Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (4)
PSY 414 - Analysis of Variance (4)
PSY 417 - Single Case Research Design (4)
PSY 431 - Statistical Methods in Psychological Assessment (5)
PSY 465 - Multicultural Psychology (4)
PSY 491 - Multivariate Statistics (5)

Applied Psychology/Community Engagement Category
PSY 395 - Field Experience in Psychology (1-4)
PSY 485 - Directed Field Experience in Community Clinical Psych (4)
PSY 499 - Undergraduate Directed Study (1-4)

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*Courses are transferable and may be taken at a community college.
+Required only for students entering Fall 2009 or later.