Psychology Major Requirements

Total Units: 49

Survey of the Field

12 units

PSYC 103C** Introduction to Psychology 3 units
PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology 3 units
PSYC 332 Abnormal Psychology 3 units
PSYC 345 Theories of Personality 3 units

Research Component

10 units

PSYC 220C** Researched Writing for Psychology Majors 3 units
PSYC 265C** Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 units
PSYC 381 Research Methods in Psychology 4 units

Psychological Perspectives

15 units

Cognitive: PSYC 449: Cognitive Psychology 3 units
Behavioral: PSYC 351: Principles of Behavior 3-4 units
or PSYC 420: Behavior Modification
Biological: PSYC 340: Biological Psychology 3 units
Sociocultural: PSYC 324: Social Psychology 3 units
Spiritual: PSYC 477C: Psychology and Christianity 3 units


3+ units

PSYC 460 Field Practicum 3 or more units
(or) PSYC 474 and 475 Psychological Research I and II

(or) PSYC 482 Research in Neuroscience

8 units

4 units


9 units

Three courses from the following list are commonly used to fulfill this requirement:
PSYC 321 Adolescent Psychology 3 units
PSYC 331*** Diversity in the Helping Professions 3 units
PSYC 335 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging 3 units
PSYC 338 Child Psychology 3 units
PSYC 344 Family Violence 3 units
PSYC 346 Human Sexuality 3 units
PSYC 351 Principles of Behavior 3 units
PSYC 352 Culture and Psychology 3 units
PSYC 355 Survey of Human Services 3 units
PSYC 373 Psychology of the Family 3 units
PSYC 374 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3 units
PSYC 383 Addiction Studies 3 units
PSYC 420 Behavior Modification 3 units
PSYC 434 Group Dynamics 3 units
PSYC 443 Sport Psychology 3 units
PSYC 450 Psychology Teaching Internship 3 units
PSYC 460 Field Practicum 3 units
PSYC 462*** Counseling Theories 3 units
PSYC 463*** Counseling Methods 3 units
PSYC 470 Special Topics  (varies) 3 units
PSYC 474 Psychological Research I 4 units
PSYC 475 Psychological Research II 4 units

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.

**This class also fulfills a CORE requirement.

***Students considering graduate work in counseling psychology or clinical psychology are strongly encouraged to take the indicated courses.

An exit interview and Major Field Test are required of all graduating seniors. The Major Field Test is an objective, end-of-program test designed to assess the mastery of concepts, principles, and knowledge expected of students at the conclusion of the psychology major.

last changed 2/28/2017