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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 advanced graduate 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 (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

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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major12-13
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
Complete nine units 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
Students who take CHEM 001A may submit an intensive science petition for B1/B3 if taken at SJSU
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
CHEM 030B. Introductory Chemistry3
Requirements of the Major54-56
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 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 courses from:
PSYC 135. Cognition3
PSYC 155. Human Learning3
PSYC 158. Perception3
Complete two course 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
One Upper Division Psychology Elective2-3
One Upper or Lower Division Psychology Elective2-3
University Electives7-10

Total Units:120

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