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Psychology Department

BA - Psychology

The undergraduate degree assures a broad coverage of the major areas of content and methods in psychology identified by the American Psychological Association as the backbone of a strong degree program. The goal of the breadth part of the degree requirements is to provide a strong background in general psychology. In addition, sufficient flexibility is offered through choices in fulfilling these requirements and through the electives so that students, in consultation with their advisors, can design a program of study which focuses on each student's particular area of interest.

A carefully prepared multi-year program of study will ensure an appropriate sequencing of required courses (e.g., STAT 95 is a prerequisite for PSYC 100W, PSYC 100W is a prerequisite for PSYC 120, PSYC 120 is a pre- or co-prerequisite for 190/195). Use the advisor's expertise for GE, SJSU Studies, and American Institutions course selection and to ensure a strong foundation for future course work. Seeking advising is especially important to those at risk for probation, those in the honors program, and those planning to go on to graduate school in psychology. The two and four year planners give additional guidance in designing a particular program of study including suggestions about the order in which to take classes even if they are not governed by official prerequisite requirements. All these materials as well as the extra coursework and other requirements for Departmental Honors (BA or BS Psychology) are available from www.sjsu.edu/psych or the department office.

There are no minimum grade requirements for the major other than an overall 2.0 average across the courses in the major (i.e., a D- can "count" towards meeting psychology requirements).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major3-4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
Requirements of the Major45
Lower Division Core9
PSYC 001. General PsychologyD13
PSYC 030. Introductory Psychobiology3
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major through the Summer 2016.
Upper Division Core28
PSYC 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
PSYC 102. Child Psychology3
PSYC 110. Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 120. Advanced Research Methods and Design4
Complete one course from:
PSYC 135. Cognition3
PSYC 155. Human Learning3
PSYC 158. Perception3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 139. Psychology of Personality3
PSYC 154. Social Psychology3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 117. Psychological Tests and Measures3
STAT 115. Intermediate Statistics3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 129. Neuroscience3
PSYC 160. Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 170. Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 190. Current Issues Capstone3
PSYC 195. Honors Seminar in Psychology3
Psychology Electives8
Five units of upper division psychology courses5
Three units of upper or lower division psychology courses3
PYSC 191 may be used both as a Psychology Elective (3 units) and will also meet the SJSU Studies Area S requirement.
University Electives30-31

Total Units:120