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.
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.
Complete all of the following lower-division core courses. (must be completed before moving on to upper-division courses)
- STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units)
- PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
- PSY 200: Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 units)
- PSY 200L: Research Methods Lab (1 units)
Complete all of the following upper-division core courses:
- PSY 300: Career Preparation for Psychology Majors (3 units)
- PSY 301/L: Advanced Psychological Statistics (4 units) or PSY 305/L: PSY Testing and Measurement (4 units)
- PSY 302/L: Psychology Research Methods and Data Analysis (4 units)
- PSY 400: Psychology Capstone (3 units)
Complete one of the following GWAR courses:
- BUS 304: Business Communication, Ethics, and Critical Thinking (4 units)
- CART 303: Media, Power, and Society (4 units)
- CHHS 302: Professional Communication for the Health & Human Services Professions (3 units)
- ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units)
- ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units)
- GS 362: Global Literatures (4 units)
- HCOM 312: Deliberation and Advocacy (4 units)
- JAPN 311: Social Issues In Japan (3 units)
- SBS 363: Historical Methods (3 units)
Complete one course/course combination in each of the following five areas:
Area 1: Biological Psychology
Area 2: Clinical Psychology
- PSY 320/L: Psychopathology (4 units)
- PSY 321/L: Clinical Psychology (4 units)
- PSY 322: Theories and Methods of Counseling (3 units)
- PSY 329/L: Health Psychology (4 units)
Area 3: Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 330/L: Cognitive Psychology (4 units)
- PSY 331/L: Human Memory (4 units)
- PSY 332: Decsn Making & Prblm Solving (3 units)
- PSY 333/L: Cognitive Neuroscience (4 units)
- PSY 334/L: Sensation & Perception (4 units)
Area 4: Developmental Psychology
- PSY 340/L: Developmental Psychology (4 units)
- PSY 341: Psych of Thought & Language (3 units)
- PSY 346: Cognitive Development (3 units)
- PSY 347: Social & Emotional Development (3 units)
- PSY 348: How to Love (4 units)
- HDEV 301: Advanced Reading and Writing in HDFS (3 units)
- HDEV 341: Family Violence: Identification, Prevention, and Intervention (3 units)
- HDEV 350: Lifespan Development: Transition and Change (3 units)
- HDEV 351: Lifespan Development: Transition and Change (4 units)
- HDEV 353: Cross-Cultural Human Development (3 units)
- HDEV 356: Infancy and Early Childhood (3 units)
- HDEV 360: Child Development (3 units)
- HDEV 366: Observation and Assessment (3 units)
Area 5: Social Psychology
- PSY 350/L: Social Psychology (4 units)
- PSY 352: Theories of Personality (3 units)
- PSY 353: Social Psychology of Gender (3 units)
- PSY 354: Social Psychology and Criminal Justice (3 units)
- PSY 355: Social Psychology and Social Justice (3 units)
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.