BA in Psychology

BA in Psychology 2019

Beginning Fall 2019, new Psychology BA requirements will be in effect for all incoming students, replacing the BA 2007 requirements.  Psychology BA 2019 differs from BA 2007 in the following ways.  BA 2019…

  • Requires a lower division introductory research methods course (PSYC 018 or equivalent).
  • Requires PSYC 118 Advanced Research Methods (3 units, Lecture: 105 minutes, Lab: 105 minutes) in place of PSYC 120 Advanced Research Methods (4 units, Lecture: 180 minutes, Lab: 120 minutes).
  • Allows for greater variety in the courses students can choose to meet upper division requirements.

Transfer students who enter the major starting Fall 2019 are automatically enrolled into BA 2019.  These students may opt to choose to follow the BA 2007 degree requirements, but must consult with an advisor.  In most cases, BA 2019 is the appropriate path.

The Psychology BA 2019 degree requirements can be found in the SJSU catalog.

Additional advising materials will be updated and posted in summer 2019.

BA in Psychology (F07-S19)

Declared Fall 2007 to Spring 2019 (can be adopted by earlier majors)

Effective Fall 2007, Freshmen pursuing a BA in Psychology who entered SJSU after Fall 2007 MUST follow this plan (no required minor, 6 units upper-division psychology electives, 3 units upper or lower division psychology electives).  Students have "catalog rights" to any program that existed since they started continuous attendance in California Higher Education (i.e., if you are a Fall 2019 transfer student into SJSU you can follow this program or the "new" Fall 2019 version of the BA degree).

Please see a Psychology Department advisor if you have any questions. You are strongly advised to visit with an academic advisor as soon and as frequently as possible. Doing so will both ensure an appropriate sequencing of courses and will likely yield a more efficient path to graduation.

Course Number

Description

 

A. Lower-Division Core Courses

 9

PSYC 001 General Psychology 3
PSYC 030 Introductory Psychobiology 3
STAT 095 Elementary Statistics 3

 

B. Upper-Division Core Courses

28

PSYC 100W Writing workshop (passed with a "C" or better) 3
PSYC 102 Child Psychology 3
PSYC 110 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 120 Advanced Research Methods and Design 4

 

Select one course from each of the following categories

 

Fundamentals

  3
PSYC 135 Cognition  
PSYC 155 Human Learning  
PSYC 158 Perception  

Human Aspects

  3
PSYC 139 Psychology of Personality  
PSYC 154 Social Psychology  

Assessment

  3
PSYC 117 Psychological Tests and Measures  
STAT 115 Intermediate Statistics  

Focus Areas

  3
PSYC 129 Neuroscience  
PSYC 160 Clinical Psychology  
PSYC 170 Industrial and Organizational Psychology  

Capstone Experience

  3
PSYC 190 Current Issues Capstone  
PSYC 195 Honors Seminar in Psychology  

 

C. Electives

 

8*

  • Typically any three Psychology courses (i.e., must have a PSYC or STAT prefix).
  • A maximum of three units can be lower-division (<100 or community college)
  • PYSC 191 may be used both as a Psychology Elective (3 units) and will also meet the SJSU Studies Area S requirement.
  • The "8 units" assumes the 120 unit degree requirement has been met.

Total Units:

45

 

D. Courses in Support of the Major

Select one of the following

3-4

BIOL 21 Human biology (includes lab) 3
BIOL 65 human anatomy (includes lab) 4