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Requirements for the Major (prior to March 2013)

Requirements for the Major (see also the “Notes about Requirements”)

THESE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY THOSE PLANNING TO GRADUATE IN 2013.
Students planning to graduate in 2014 can follow these guidelines (substituting any 1/2 unit or more of PSYC for PSYC 320), or you may follow the new requirements. Consult with your advisor.

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Every psychology major is required to complete a minimum of 12.5 units. These consist of 4.5 units of required foundation courses, 5 units of electives in psychology, and 3 units of electives outside psychology. In this way, students will be exposed to the methods and history of psychology, core areas within the discipline, and other disciplines that also examine issues related to psychology.

Four units of required foundation courses:

___ PSYC 100, Introduction to Psychology (1 unit, offered every term)
___ PSYC 150, Statistical Applications in Psychology (1 unit, offered every term)
___ PSYC 200, Research Methods and Design (1 unit, offered every term)
___ PSYC 300, History and Systems of Psychology (1 unit, offered every year)

And at least one of these three capstone courses:

___ PSYC 320, Senior Seminar (1/2 unit, offered every spring)
___ PSYC 330, Advanced Research Seminar (1/2 or 1 unit, offered occasionally)
___ PSYC 380, Senior Thesis (1 unit; by invitation)

One unit in developmental psychology:

___ PSYC 210, Life-Span Developmental Psychology (1 unit, usually in the fall)
___ PSYC 215, Child Growth and Development (1 unit, usually in the spring)
___ PSYC 225, Psychology of Women (1 unit, once every three semesters)

One unit in experimental psychology:

___ PSYC 230, Physiological Psychology (1 unit, usually once a year)
___ PSYC 235, Sensation and Perception (1 unit, usually once a year)
___ PSYC 240, Memory and Cognition (1 unit, usually once a year)

One unit in personality psychology:

___ PSYC 250, Personality Psychology (1 unit, usually in the fall)
___ PSYC 252, Psychological Disorders (1 unit, usually in the spring)

One unit in social or cultural psychology:

___ PSYC 260, Principles of Social Psychology (1 unit, usually in the spring)
___ PSYC 265, Cross-Cultural Psychology (1 unit, usually in the fall)

One unit in advanced topics in psychology:

___ PSYC 310, Developmental Psychopathology (1 unit)
___ PSYC 315, Pediatric Psychology (1 unit)
___ PSYC 352, Psychotherapy and Psychological Testing (1 unit)
___ PSYC 360, Applied Social Psychology (1 unit)
___ PSYC 385, Advanced Topics in Psychology (1 unit, topic varies)

Three units of supporting courses (click here to view approved course list):

___      1 unit in the biological or chemical aspects of behavior   
___      1 unit in philosophical or sociocultural approaches to issues rele­vant to psychologists   
___      1 unit in an area related to the student's future career plans, chosen in consultation with your advisor