Psychology (B.S.) 180 units
Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Many psychologists work primarily with people to understand how they think, respond to stress, learn and forget, develop into unique personalities, and interact with one another. Others study the behavior and nervous systems of animals in order to find general principles that apply across species. Psychologists apply their knowledge to perform therapy and counseling, to improve practices in schools, prisons, and rehabilitation centers, and to enhance performance in industry, business, and other professions.
The Psychology department offers a major in both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. These are basic programs; to become a “psychologist” requires graduate training.
The B.S. programs are designed for specialized purposes. Students in the B.S. program must select one of the two options in that program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Ergonomics and Human Factors. The option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology provides preparation for careers related to business, with an emphasis on personnel management. The option in Ergonomics and Human Factors provides preparation for careers in the design of work environments to take account of human limitations and strengths, for example, the design of equipment (computers, aircraft, automobiles) or the design of industrial procedures.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a B.S. in Psychology will be able to:
- think scientifically and employ sound scientific methodology;
- speak and write clearly about the content and theory of the field of psychology;
- apply psychological principles and prepare for careers.
- Advertising Account Executive
- Business Executive
- Career Counselor
- Ergonomics Consultant
- Employee Counselor and Trainer
- Human Factors Engineer
- Human Resource Specialist
- Personnel Representative
- Program Evaluator
- Public Relations Specialist
The Psychology Department’s facilities include a fully equipped computer lab, an animal lab, and several labs for studying human behavior. These facilities support an unusual and important characteristic of the department - its emphasis on hands-on student involvement in the study of human and animal behavior through participation in laboratory courses, faculty research, and internships.
Both the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (national honor society in psychology) provide opportunities for students to get together to hear speakers and to discuss topics such as career and graduate school opportunities.
All courses required for the Psychology B.S. are offered in the evening program over each two-year cycle. However, the range of choices and flexibility of scheduling is more limited in the evening program. Courses required for the Psychology B.S. occasionally may be offered on an evening schedule, but not regularly. The department recommends the Psychology B.A. for students who take only evening classes.
For Advanced Placement course equivalencies, see Registration & Enrollment chapter.
Major Requirements (B.S.) 75-94 units
The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.
- The Core Requirements of the major consists of 22 units, plus
- The Option Requirements of the major consist of the following units:
- the Ergonomics and Human Factors Option consists of 64-72 units;
- the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Option consists of 53 units.
- GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
- Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor).
Note: Please consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements.
- Some courses may also be used to satisfy a General Education Requirement,
- No major courses may be taken as CR/NC unless specifically noted.
Core Courses (22 units)
The following requirements are common to all options in the Psychology B.S. degree.
Lower Division Core
Complete 9 units from:
Upper Division Core
Complete 9 units from:
Advanced Laboratories Core
Choose two different courses for 4 units from the following:
The Psychology B.S. major must choose one (1) of two options to complete the major requirements:
Industrial / Organizational Psychology Option (53 units)
Students in this option are urged to complete a minor in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics. Courses can be counted simultaneously toward a minor and a major.
Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.