BA in Psychology

 BA in Psychology

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

Effective Fall 2007, Students 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). Prior Majors MAY follow this plan or the plan in effect when they first entered continuous enrollment in California Higher Education (after 2004= minor is required, 3 units upper division psychology electives, 3 units upper or lower division psychology electives). 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



A. Lower-Division Core Courses


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


B. Upper-Division Core Courses


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



PSYC 135 Cognition  
PSYC 155 Human Learning  
PSYC 158 Perception  

Human Aspects

PSYC 139 Psychology of Personality  
PSYC 154 Social Psychology  


PSYC 117 Psychological Tests and Measures  
STAT 115 Intermediate Statistics  

Focus Areas

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

Capstone Experience

PSYC 190 Current Issues Capstone  
PSYC 195 Honors Seminar in Psychology  


C. Electives



  • 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.

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D. Courses in Support of the Major

Select one of the following


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