BA in Psychology

BA in Psychology (2019 onward)

Beginning Fall 2019, new Psychology BA requirements replaced the old Psychology BA requirements (2007-2019).  Psychology BA 2019 differs from Psychology BA 2007 in the following ways.  Psychology 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.

By default, SJSU enrolls all transfer students into the most recent academic program.  Some students (often those without a lower division methods course) may want to compare their progress toward the 'old' and 'new' programs and request a switch if they quality.

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

BA in Psychology (F07-S19)

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

Students have "catalog rights" to any program that existed since they started continuous attendance in California Higher Education

- need to have taken one or more courses per year to maintain catalog rights

- courses must still be taught

- by default students are placed into most recent program upon admission to SJSU

- switching catalog rights is a formal process (see advisor)

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.

This is the pre 2019 version:

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.

Total Units:



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


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Relevant Major Forms [pdf]:
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B.A. Program Learning Outcomes

Psychology Careers