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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 Psychology) are available from 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

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major3-4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
BIOL 065O may also be used to meet this requirement.
Students who take BIOL 065 may submit an intensive science petition for B2/B3 if taken at SJSU
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 2014.
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
University Electives27-28

Total Units:120