Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • A minimum of nine units in psychology, including: 101, 204, 206 and two courses from each of the three lists below. Students must complete a 200-level lecture class or attain junior status before starting the research design and analysis course sequence. One List I or one List II class must be a 300-level laboratory course. All List III courses require at least Psychology 204 as a prerequisite. Students must plan their course schedules carefully to ensure that all prerequisites are met and in proper sequence, particularly for the research courses: 336, 348, 351, 378.
LIST I: Social Science  
Psyc 236: Social Psychology
Psyc 251: Child and Adolescent Psychology
Psyc 265: Abnormal Psychology
Psyc 267: Psychology of Personality
Psyc 336: Research in Social Psychology
Psyc 351: Research in Developmental Psychology
LIST II: Natural Science
Psyc 241: Neuroscience I
Psyc 243: Psychology of Perception
Psyc 245: Psychology of Learning
Psyc 348: Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
Psyc 378: Research in Cognitive Psychology
List III: Applied Science
Psyc 304: Psychological Assessment
Psyc 330: Health Psychology
Psyc 346: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psyc 353: Psychology of Adolescence
Psyc 354: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Psyc 380: Introduction to Counseling
Psyc 390: Neuropsychopharmacology
Psyc 395: Forensic Psychology
Psyc 396: History and Philosophy of Psychology
Psyc 398, 399: Practicum
Psyc 416: Senior Seminar
Psyc 389: Special Topics (e.g., eyewitness testimony, behavioral finance)
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Completion of the department's senior assessment examination.

Requirements for Minor

  • A minimum of five units in psychology, including Psychology 101 and 204.
  • At least one course from List I and one course from List II.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of nine units in psychology, as specified above.
  • Psychology 251 counts toward education certification requirements and will not be counted toward the psychology major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of five units in psychology, including Psychology 101 and 204.
  • One course from List I and one course from List II.
  • Psychology 251 counts toward education certification requirements and will not be counted toward the psychology minor.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.