Major Requirements

Core Curriculum:

Intended to give breadth and scope of the discipline, all
psychology majors are required to fulfill the following nine
courses: Psychology 1, 2, 3, 100, 103, 110, 140, 150, 160.

Course Prerequisites and Requirements:

In addition to individual course prerequisites, Psychology
1 and 2 are generally required for admission to all
upper-division psychology courses. A minimum grade
of C– in all prerequisites is required for admission to all
courses. Prerequisites may be waived at the discretion of
the instructor.

Lower Division

Psychology 1, 2 and 3 are required for all psychology
majors. A minimum grade of C– is required for all lowerdivision
courses

Upper Division

There are four major concentrations in the Department
of Psychology. A student may elect to follow any one of
these programs for a bachelor of science degree:

General Psychology

For the student who wants a general education in psychology,
a sequence of upper-division courses in addition to
the core curriculum which must include Psychology 104,
105 or 106; Psychology 126, 127 or 128; and one course
each from three of the following areas of concentration:
• Biological courses: 113, 115, 157
• Developmental courses: 141, 142, 143, 144, 148
• Personality courses: 147, 152, 174
• Social courses: 165, 172, 180

Experimental / Neuroscience Psychology

For the student with an interest in the biological bases of
behavior, a sequence of upper-division courses in addition
to the core curriculum which must include Psychology
113 or 115; any two of the following: Psychology 104, 105
and 106; and any two of the following: Psychology 126,
127 and 128.

Developmental Psychology

For the student interested in working with individuals in
educational or social service settings, two tracks are offered:

Child / Adolescent Track: A sequence of upper-division
courses which must include Psychology 141, 142, 144;
any one of the following: Psychology 104, 105 or 106;
and any one of the following: Psychology 147, 148, 165,
174 or Anthropology 113. A field study (Psychology 195)
is strongly recommended.

Adolescent / Adult Track: A sequence of upper-division
courses which must include Psychology 142; 143; any
one of the following: 104, 105, 106; and any two of the
following: Psychology 115, 128, 147, 157, 165, 174. A field
study (Psychology 195) is strongly recommended.

Social /Personality Psychology

Social Track: For the student interested in community or
organizational psychology, a sequence of upper-division
courses in addition to the core curriculum which must
include Psychology 165; 172; either 127 or 180; either
104, 105 or 106; and any one of the following: Psychology
115, 147, 157, 195, 199.

Personality Track: For the student interested in social
work or counseling /clinical psychology, a sequence of
upper-division courses in addition to the core curriculum
which must include Psychology 152; 174; either 127 or
147; either 104, 105, or 106; and any one of the following:
Psychology 115, 128, 142, 143, 148, 157, 170, 195, 199.

Minor Requirements

The minor in psychology requires Psychology 1, 2 and 3,
and three upper-division courses from the following five
sets of options, no two of which are from the same set:
Psychology 110, 115, 126, 127 or 128; Psychology 140,
141, 142, 143, 144, 147 or 148; Psychology 150 or 152;
Psychology 172 or 180; Psychology 160 or 165. Minors
may fulfill only one upper-division course off-campus.

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