Psychology BA

In the Psychology major you'll develop a solid understanding of human behavior and mental processes using a scientific approach. You'll explore the ways in which human biology, psychological experience and cultural contexts combine to influence our actions and thoughts.

To learn more about the major, visit the Psychology website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

If you transferred into CSUMB as an AA-T-certified student in Psychology, please see the AA-T certified requirements.

If you are unsure about your transfer status, please talk to a Psychology advisor in the Center for Advising, Career Services, and Student Success at 831-582-3937.

All other Psychology majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete ALL of the following lower and upper division courses and course combinations.

Lower-division core (must be completed before moving on to upper-division courses):

Upper-division core:

Complete ONE of the following courses from EACH of the following FIVE AREAS:

Area 1: Biological Psychology

Area 2: Clincal Psychology

Area 3: Cognitive Psychology

Area 4: Developmental Psychology

Area 5: Social Psychology

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Theory and Content of Psychology

Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends. Outcomes include describing and applying psychology's concepts, language and theories, explaining its major perspectives and demonstrating understanding of its breadth and depth.

MLO 2: Research Methods in Psychology

Understand and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis and interpretation. Outcomes include differentiating research methods, evaluating aptness of research conclusions, designing and conducting basic studies and generalizing research conclusions appropriately.

MLO 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology

Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach. Outcomes include using and engaging in critical thinking, using reasoning in arguments and persuasion and approaching problems with sophistication.

MLO 4: Application of Psychology

By applying psychological training, the interdisciplinarity of the program becomes evident. Students understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues. Outcomes include identifying psychology's major applications, articulating how it can be used toward social understanding and public policy, and recognizing the ethical complexities of applying psychology.

MLO 5: Values in Psychology

This outcome demonstrates the interdisciplinarity of the major, especially through its emphasis on ethics and respect for science. Students weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values underpinning psychology. Outcomes include understanding the need for ethical behavior, tolerance of ambiguity, demonstration of skepticism and intellectual curiosity, attunement to scientific evidence, civic responsibility and respect for human diversity.

Course Pathways

These pathways are examples of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. They are meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry - there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

Freshman Pathways

Fall Freshman

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D1
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A1
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C2
Course: Language 101 or Free Elective Course
Units: 4
Requirements:

Spring Freshman

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B4
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A2
  • A3
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3

Fall Sophomore

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B1
  • B3
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Sophomore

Course: PSY 210: Psychobiology/Eating/Disorders (3 units) or any other approved course
Units: 3
Requirements:
  • E
Course: Any approved course
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D3
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C1

Fall Junior

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
Course: Any approved course
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D4

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any PSY elective or Minor course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any PSY elective or Minor course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Senior

Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • E
Course: Any PSY elective or Minor course
Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major

Transfer Pathway

Fall Junior

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
Course: Language 101
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D4

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Senior

Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any PSY elective or Minor course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major