Psychology students learn about human behavior and its context. They study motivations, capacities and human abilities, and put this knowledge to work in the alleviation of human suffering.
Areas of study include the physiology of the brain and nervous system, cognition, learning, child psychology, abnormal psychology and animal behavior.
Careers for psychologists include personnel and organizational management in industry; federal, state, and local agencies and mental health facilities; research and teaching positions in colleges and universities; private clinical practice and consultation to educational, criminal justice, health and similar institutions.
Students majoring in another field may minor in psychology by completing 18 credits in the discipline. Students majoring in neuroscience may minor in psychology, but they cannot apply courses completed for the major to their minor. Minor programs must include a minimum of nine units in upper division courses (300-400 level).
Students must take:
- Six units of introductory courses (PSY 101: General psychology and PSY 240: Introduction to Research Methods)
- Twelve units of content area courses (Select one course -- three units each -- from each content area: Cognitive and brain sciences, clinical, behavior analysis and social/life span/personality)