BA in Psychology

Units required for Major: 46-50

Program Description

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 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.

Coursework Sequencing

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
Lower division GE requirements, CHDV 30, PSYC 2, PSYC 4, PSYC 8, PSYC 9 and electives
Upper division GE requirements, PSYC 121 (and PSYC 102 for graduate school aspirants), any upper division Psychology courses and electives
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.

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.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (13 Units)
CHDV 30Human Development3
PSYC 2Introductory Psychology 13
PSYC 4Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers1
PSYC 8Methods of Psychology 13
PSYC 9Introductory Statistics for Psychology3
Required Upper Division Courses (30-34 Units)
PSYC 100Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 121Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research 13
Select one of the following methods courses: 23 - 4
Advanced Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research
Psychological Testing
Qualitative Research in Psychology
Behavioral Research Methods
Select one of the following biological processes courses:3 - 4
Introduction to Biological Psychology
Introduction to Neuroscience
Animal Behavior
Drugs and Behavior
Select four courses, with at least one from Cognitive/Learning and one from Individual/Social Processes12 - 13
Cognitive and Learning Processes
Learning Theories
Cognitive Psychology
Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Individual and Social Processes
Organizational Psychology
Personality Theories
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
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
Community Psychology
Psychological Aspects of Health, Wellness, and Illness
Industrial Psychology
Teaching of Psychology
Clinical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
History and Systems of Psychology
Cooperative Research
Prospects for Success: Peer Mentor
Electives (3 Units)
Select one additional upper division Psychology course (numbered 100-199)3
Total Units46-50

Must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.


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