Psychology Department

BA - Psychology

The undergraduate degree assures a broad coverage of the major areas of content and methods in psychology identified by the American Psychological Association as the backbone of a strong degree program. The goal of the breadth part of the degree requirements is to provide a strong background in general psychology. In addition, sufficient flexibility is offered through choices in fulfilling these requirements and through the electives so that students, in consultation with their advisors, can design a program of study which focuses on each student's particular area of interest.

A carefully prepared multi-year program of study will ensure an appropriate sequencing of required courses (e.g., BIOL 21 or BIOL 65 is a prerequisite to PSYC 30, STAT 95 is a prerequisite for PSYC 100W, PSYC 100W is a prerequisite for PSYC 120, PSYC 120 is a pre- or co-prerequisite for 190/195). Use the advisor's expertise and the MyGPS planning tools for GE, SJSU Studies, and American Institutions course selection and to ensure a strong foundation for future coursework. Seeking advising is especially important to those at risk for probation, those in the honors program, and those planning to go on to graduate school in psychology. The two and four year planners give additional guidance in designing a particular program of study including suggestions about the order in which to take classes even if they are not governed by official prerequisite requirements. All of these materials as well as the extra coursework and other requirements for Departmental Honors are available on the department website www.sjsu.edu/psych or the department office.

Once declared as a psychology major, there are no minimum grade requirements for the major other than a C- or better for the lower division statistics requirement and an overall 2.0 average across the courses in the major (i.e., a D- can "count" towards meeting psychology requirements even if it does not count towards General Education requirements).

The lower division biology requirement cannot be met with general biology (BIOL 20) nor the online version of human anatomy (BIOL 65O).

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major3-4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
Requirements of the Major48
Lower Division Core12
PSYC 001. Introduction to PsychologyD13
PSYC 018. Introduction to Research Methods3
PSYC 030. Introductory Psychobiology3
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015F and UNVS 015S may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major. A grade of C- or better is required to meet this statistics requirement.
Upper Division Core27
PSYC 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
PSYC 118. Advanced Research Methods in Psychology3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 102. Psychology of Childhood3
PSYC 112. Psychology of Adolescence3
PSYC 114. Psychology of Aging3
Complete two courses from:
PSYC 129. Neuroscience3
PSYC 135. Cognition3
PSYC 155. Human Learning3
PSYC 158. Perception3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 110. Adult Psychopathology3
PSYC 142. Child Psychopathology3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 139. Psychology of Personality3
PSYC 154. Social Psychology3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 117. Psychological Tests and Measures3
STAT 115. Intermediate Statistics3
Complete one course from:
PSYC 190. Current Issues Capstone3
PSYC 195. Honors Seminar in Psychology3
Psychology Electives9
Three units of upper or lower division psychology courses3
Six units of upper division psychology courses6
University Electives27-28

Total Units:120