BA in Psychology

Units required for Major: 46-50
Total units required for BA: 120

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 Development 13
PSYC 2Introductory Psychology 1,23
PSYC 4Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers1
PSYC 8Methods of Psychology 23
PSYC 9Introductory Statistics for Psychology3
Required Upper Division Courses (30-34 Units)
PSYC 100Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 121Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research 23
Select one of the following methods courses: 33 - 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
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
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

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking 23
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 30
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units46

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26