BA in Psychology
Units required for Major: 46-50
With a Bachelor of Arts 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 in educational settings and health and human service agencies.
The Psychology program at Sacramento State is highly sought after and the undergraduate major is not officially impacted. Students wishing to become Psychology majors must meet eligibility requirements before applying for admission to the program. It is highly recommended that interested students speak with a Psychology advisor as soon as possible.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Once admitted to the program, PSYC 2, PSYC 8, AND PSYC 121 must each be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.
The Psychology Department strongly recommends that Psychology Majors sequence their courses in the following manner to provide them with an optimal learning experience:
|Freshmen and Sophomores|
Upper division GE requirements, any upper division Psychology courses, Psychology capstone course and electives
It is important to choose courses in the sequence outlined above. Otherwise, there could be a delay in completion of the major and graduation. A brochure is available in the Psychology Department Office with specific course recommendations depending on the desired career path of the student.
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.
|Required Lower Division Courses (13 Units)|
|CHDV 30||Human Development||3|
|PSYC 2||Introductory Psychology 1||3|
|PSYC 4||Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers||1|
|PSYC 8||Methods of Psychology 1||3|
|PSYC 9||Introductory Statistics for Psychology||3|
|Required Upper Division Courses (30-34 Units)|
|PSYC 100||Cross-Cultural Psychology||3|
|PSYC 121||Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research 1||3|
|Select one of the following methods courses: 2||3 - 4|
|Advanced Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research|
|Qualitative Research in Psychology|
|Behavioral Research Methods|
|Select one of the following biological processes courses:||3 - 4|
|Introduction to Biological Psychology|
|Introduction to Neuroscience|
|Drugs and Behavior|
|Select four courses, with at least one from Cognitive/Learning and one from Individual/Social Processes||12 - 13|
|Cognitive and Learning Processes|
|Experimental Analysis of Behavior|
|Individual and Social Processes|
|Applied Behavior Analysis|
|Select one of the following human diversity courses:||3|
|Psychology of Multicultural Groups|
|Psychological Aspects of Aging|
|Psychology of Women|
|Psychology of Exceptional Children|
|Select one of the following capstone courses:||3 - 4|
|Controversial Issues in Psychology|
|Human Factors Psychology|
|Psychological Aspects of Health, Wellness, and Illness|
|Teaching of Psychology|
|Clinical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis|
|History and Systems of Psychology|
|Prospects for Success: Peer Mentor|
|Electives (3 Units)|
|Select one additional upper division Psychology course (numbered 100-199)||3|
Must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.
Select PSYC 102 if planning to enter a graduate program in Psychology.