Psychology Department

BS - Psychology

The BS degree is a regimented degree plan for students who wish to develop a focused set of skills in pre-selected areas so they can apply these skills in a technical setting or seek research-focused training. The BS degree program has more course requirements than the BA (i.e., fewer electives). The degree plan emphasizes research focused scientific and methodological training, as well as breadth in pre-selected areas of psychology and other fields (biology, chemistry, philosophy). Students should seek early and frequent advice from departmental advisors.

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 117, and STAT 115; PSYC 100W is a prerequisite for PSYC 120; PSYC 120 is a pre- or co-prerequisite for PSYC 121a-e and PSYC 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 for those in the honors program or 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 requirements for Departmental Honors (BA or BS 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

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 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 Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 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. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
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 Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major12-18
Complete one course from:
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
Complete three courses from:
BIOL 101. Origins of LifeR3
BIOL 109. Human Neuroanatomy and Physiology4
PHIL 110. Science, Technology and Human ValuesV3
PHIL 160. Philosophy of ScienceR3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
CHEM 030B. Introductory Chemistry3
Requirements of the Major55
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 Core38
PSYC 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
PSYC 102. Child Psychology3
PSYC 110. Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 117. Psychological Tests and Measures3
PSYC 120. Advanced Research Methods and Design4
PSYC 139. Psychology of Personality3
PSYC 154. Social Psychology3
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 135. Cognition3
PSYC 155. Human Learning3
PSYC 158. Perception3
Complete two courses from:
PSYC 121A. Advanced Research Methods Social/Personality Laboratory2
PSYC 121B. Advanced Research Methods: Cognition/Perception Laboratory2
PSYC 121C. Advanced Research Methods: Clinical Laboratory2
PSYC 121E. Advanced Research Methods: Psychophysiology Lab2
Complete one course from:
PSYC 190. Current Issues Capstone3
PSYC 195. Honors Seminar in Psychology3
Major Electives5
One Upper Division Psychology Elective2
One Upper or Lower Division Psychology Elective3
University Electives6-12

Total Units:120