BS Major in Psychology

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BS in Psychology

Starting Fall 2021, all new students will enter in the BA in Psychology degree program.

The BS is still available.  Once the fall semester starts, meet with an advisor to discuss this option.

The following are the requirements of the BS (rather than the BA). The BS is designed to provide a more intensive research focus appropriate for those intending to pursue a research career in Psychology.

A. Lower-Division Core Courses (9 units)

Course Number Description
PSYC 001 General Psychology
PSYC 030 Introductory Psychobiology
STAT 095 Elementary Statistics

B. Upper-Division Core Courses (40 Units)

Course Number Description
PSYC 100W Writing workshop (passed with a "C" or better)
PSYC 102 Child Psychology
PSYC 110 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 120 Upper-Division Research Methods
PSYC 121a/b/c/e (2) Advance Research Methods Laboratory Experience in (a) Social-Personality, (b) Cognitive-Perception, (c) Clinical, and/or (d) Neuroscience  (Take 2)

Fundamentals (Take 2)

Course Number Description
PSYC 135 Cognition
PSYC 155 Human Learning
PSYC 158 Perception

Human Aspects (Take 2)

Course Number Description
PSYC 139 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 154 Social Psychology

Assessment (Take 2)

Course Number Description
PSYC 117 Psychological Tests and Measures
STAT 115 Intermediate Statistics

Focus Areas (Take 1)

Course Number Description
PSYC 129 Neuroscience
PSYC 160 Clinical Psychology
PSYC 170 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Capstone Experience (Take 1)

Course Number Description
PSYC 190 Current Issues in Psychology
PSYC 195 Senior Honors Seminar

C. ELECTIVES (5 - 8 Units)*

Typically any two Psychology courses (must have PSYC or STAT prefix).

*The "5 units" assumes that the 120 unit degree requirement has been met.
Note: A maximum of three units can be lower-division (SJSU<100 or community college)

D. Courses in Support of the Major (12 Units)

One (1) course from Human biology (BIOL 021; includes lab) or Human Anatomy (BIOL 65; includes lab)

Three (3) courses from : Biology 101, Biology 109, Chem 1A or 30A, Chem 1b or 30B, Ling 123, Ling 161, Phil 110, Phil 133, Phil 160 (no more than 2 from one dept)