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Psychology: Curriculum

The B.A. in psychology is a career-oriented course of study that can accommodate both full- and part-time students, students with or without professional experience, and incoming freshmen and transfer students. We also offer students a general degree with a scientific foundation that enables students to pursue a wide variety of careers and advanced study and a minor in psychology. Also, there is room in our curriculum for a minor in another, compatible field such as Art, Business, Biology, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, or Women’ Studies, just to name a few.

Psychology is one of the social/behavioral sciences engaged in the systematic study of behavior and mental processes. The coursework focuses on the study and explanation of patterns of individual behavior, thoughts, and emotions. It does so from a variety of perspectives that emphasize intrapersonal and interpersonal, social and physiological factors.

Within the psychology program, we recommend taking 15 credits (five courses) from one of these areas of specializations: clinical/counseling, social/applied, educational/school psychology or cognitive/experimental.

Get a description of each of Cal U's psychology courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 120 Credits

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
** ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
* PSY 100 General Psychology3 crs.
** UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
General Education Courses9 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
** ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.
Psychology Content Course3 crs.
General Education Courses9 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
* PSY 220 Descriptive Statistics in Psychology3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses12 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 
* PSY 331 Inferential Statistics in Psychology3 crs.
* PSY 345 History and Systems of Psychology3 crs.
Psychology Content Course3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses6 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 
* PSY 340 Psychological Testing3 crs.
Psychology Content Courses (300-400 level)6 crs.

General Education,

Minor OR Elective Courses (300-400 level)

6 crs. 

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
PSY 365 Research Methods in Psychology3 crs.
Psychology Content Course (300-400 level)3 crs.

General Education,

Minor OR Elective Courses (300-400 level)

9 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 

Psychology Content Course (300-400 level) OR

PSY460 Senior Seminar: Special Topics

3 crs.

300-or 400-level General Education,

Minor OR Elective Courses

12 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
* PSY 460 Senior Seminar: Special Topics3 crs.
Psychology Content Course (300-400 level)3 crs.

General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses (300-400 level)

9 crs.