Degree Requirements

With a BA in Psychology, graduates can qualify for positions requiring an understanding of human behavior in public service, education, or business. The undergraduate Behavior Analysis Certificate qualifies students for positions requiring the application of behavior analysis to children with developmental disabilities.

Requirements - Bachelor of Arts Degree

Units required for Major: 46-50
Minimum total units required for BA: 120

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Note: PSYC 2, PSYC 8, and PSYC 101 must each be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.

A. Required Lower Division Courses (7 units)

(3) PSYC 2 Introductory Psychology

(1) PSYC 4 Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers (PSYC 2)

(3) PSYC 8 Methods of Psychology (Corequisite PSYC 2)



                                        

B. Required Upper Division Courses (33-37 units)

(3) PSYC 100, Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSYC 2; Corequisite: PSYC 8)
(3) PSYC 101, Statistics for Psychology (Passing score on ELM; PSYC 2, PSYC 4, PSYC 8)

(3-4) Select one of the following methods courses:

PSYC 120, Psychological Testing (PSYC 101)
PSYC 121, Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research (PSYC 101; Psychology majors only)
PSYC 122, Qualitative Research in Psychology (PSYC 101; Psychology and Gerontology majors only)
PSYC 181, Experimental Analysis of Behavior (PSYC 101, PSYC 171; Psychology majors only)

(3-4) Select one of the following biological processes courses:

PSYC 111 Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101 recommended)
PSYC 115/BIO 115 Introduction to Neuroscience (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101)
PSYC 116 Animal Behavior (PSYC 2 background in biological sciences recommended)
PSYC 117 Drugs and Behavior

(6-7) Select two of the following cognitive and learning processes courses:

PSYC 103 Perception (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101 recommended)
PSYC 104 Learning Theories (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101)
PSYC 106 Motivation (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101 recommended)
PSYC 110 Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 2, PSYC 8, PSYC 101 recommended)
PSYC 171 Applied Behavior Analysis (PSYC 2)

(3) Select one of the following developmental processes courses:

PSYC 148 Child Psychology (PSYC 2)
PSYC 149 Psychology of Adolescence (PSYC 2)
PSYC 150 Psychological Aspects of Aging (PSYC 2)

(6) Select two of the following individual and social processes courses:

PSYC 108 Organizational Psychology
PSYC 130 Personality Theories (PSYC 2)
PSYC 145 Social Psychology (PSYC 2)
PSYC 168 Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2)

(3) Select one of the following human diversity courses:

PSYC 135 Psychology of Multicultural Groups
PSYC 157 Psychology of Women (PSYC 2 or instructor permission)
PSYC 160 Homosexuality
PSYC 185 Psychology of Exceptional Children (PSYC 2)

(3) Select one of the capstone courses:

PSYC 102 Advanced Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research (PSYC 121; Majors only)*
PSYC 107 Controversial Issues (PSYC 101; Majors only)
PSYC 190 History and Systems of Psychology (PSYC 101; Majors only)
PSYC 194 Cooperative Research (PSYC 2, 8, and 101 recommended)

*Select PSYC 102 if planning to enter a graduate program in Psychology.

C. Electives (6 units)

Select two additional upper division Psychology courses numbered 100-199.

Note: Transfer students must take at least 15 units of Psychology courses in residence at Sacramento State; 12 of those units must be upper division.