Psychology

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Undergraduate Program

The course of study and the requirements for the B.A. degree in Psychology provide an opportunity for students who:

a) desire to extend their education in the liberal arts with an emphasis in psychology,

b) wish to prepare themselves for graduate work in psychology,

c) plan to enter one of several professional or occupational fields for which a substantial background in psychology is essential.

CSUN Psychology Major Timeline

Detailed Description of the Psychology Program and Options

Honors Program

BCaBA Program

LOWER-DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES (10 UNITS)

 

MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4 units)
PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
PSY 250* Physiological Correlates of Human Behavior (3 units)

*A score of 151 or higher on the English Placement Test is prerequisite to
PSY 250.

Supporting courses in biology, mathematics, philosophy, and the social sciences are recommended but not required.

LOWER-DIVISION ELECTIVES: Lower-division courses other than those specified as required do not count toward a major in psychology, but rather, exist to inform students about topics of special interest and will count toward the total units required for graduation.

 

UPPER-DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES (16 UNITS)

Note: Completion of the Lower-Division Writing Requirement is prerequisite to PSY 321/L and to 313/L, 345/L, and 370/L. Students are advised to complete the Lower-Division Writing Requirement and to take PSY 320/L and 321/L early in their program because these courses are prerequisite to other upper-division courses required in the major.


The following courses are required of all majors:

PSY 320/L Statistical Methods in Psychology and Lab (3/1 units)
PSY 321/L Experimental Psychology and Lab (3/1 units)
PSY 301 Pre- Professional Development in Psychology (1 units)

Upper Division Breadth (Cluster) Requirement:
Take at least 1 course from each of the following clusters: (12 units)

Choose 1 from Clinical/Personality   (3): PSY 310, PSY 351, PSY 353, PSY 370, PSY 380
AND Choose 1 from Cognitive          (3): PSY 304, PSY 367, PSY 369, PSY 382
AND Choose 1 from Developmental  (3): PSY 313, PSY 327, PSY 335, PSY 361, PSY 365
AND Choose 1 from Social              (3): PSY 345

Capstone Requirement (5 units: each is a 3 unit lecture with a 2 unit seminar)

All courses in Box D have PSY 301, PSY 320/L and PSY 321/L and a score of 8 or better on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam as prerequisites.

One of the following is required:
PSY 471AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Clinical/Personality Psychology and Seminar1       (3/2)
PSY 473AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Neuroscience and Seminar                                   (3/2)
PSY 475AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Developmental Psychology and Seminar1              (3/2)
PSY 479AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Social Psychology and Seminar1                          (3/2) 
PSY 485AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Research Methods and Seminar                            (3/2)
PSY 488AA-ZZ   Advanced Inquiry in Cognitive Psychology and Seminar1                      (3/2)

1 Please Note: For courses with a 1, you must have completed the appropriate Breadth (Cluster) required course at the 300 level in order to enroll (see Box C, above).


UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVES (6 UNITS OR MORE)

Note: Electives may include the above upper-division courses not taken to satisfy other requirements or any 300 or 400- level courses in the Department of Psychology. Students may not double count the above courses as required courses and elective courses. No more than 6 units of PSY 498 (Practicum) and no more than 6 units of PSY 499 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the major. Please note that the number of units in psychology must total 42 units; transfer credit for courses that reflect fewer units than those at CSUN must be compensated for in upper-division elective units.


TOTAL UNITS IN THE MAJOR: 42
GENERAL EDUCATION (48-52 UNITS)

Students may not double count psychology and General Education courses except MATH 140. Students of Psychology are not exempt from any sections of the General Education program.
TITLE V (6 UNITS)
Students may not double count psychology and Title V courses. Students of psychology are not exempt from any sections of Title V requirements.

ADDITIONAL UNITS: 20-22
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE: 120