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 coursework. 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 even if they do not meet General Education requirements).

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements32
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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major12-18
Complete one course from:
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
Complete three courses from (no more than two from each department):
BIOL 101. Origins of LifeR3
BIOL 109. Human Neuroanatomy and Physiology4
LING 123. Sound and CommunicationR3
LING 161. Psycholinguistics3
PHIL 110. Science, Technology and Human ValuesV3
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
PHIL 160. Philosophy of ScienceR3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
Chem 1A or Chem 30A, but not both
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
Chem 1B or Chem 30B, but not both.
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
CHEM 030B. Introductory Chemistry3
Requirements of the Major55
Lower Division Core9
PSYC 001. Introduction to PsychologyD13
PSYC 030. Introductory Psychobiology3
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015F and UNVS 015S may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Upper Division Core41
PSYC 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
PSYC 102. Psychology of Childhood3
PSYC 110. Adult Psychopathology3
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 two 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 Electives21-22

Total Units:120