B.S. Psychological Science

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Psychological Science
Bachelor of Science

The BS in Psychological Science prepares students for careers that require an in-depth understanding of the research methods used to study the mind, brain, and behavior. With special topic seminars and intensive hands-on research opportunities, the BS program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical thinking, and quantitative skills that prepare students for a Ph.D. program in Psychology or for other advanced training programs that require a strong background in science, such as medicine, nursing, public health, education, business, or public policy.

Course Requirements

Total required psychology units for completion of the major is 45. After completing 18 units covering foundational topics in psychology, students will advance to the major and complete advanced coursework and independent research projects. Advancement to the major is dependent on a passing grade in all pre-major required courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

BS Psychological Science Curriculum Guide Fall 2021 and prior

BS Psychological Science Curriculum Guide Spring 2022 and beyond


Four-Year Planning Guides
NOTE: This is meant to be used as a guide only. Plan of Study will vary from student to student. 

Students with Math 100 Placement

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Students with Math 112 Placement

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Students with Math 113 Placement

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Psychological Science Pre-Major 

Completion of 18 units of core coursework in psychology that include one course from each of the following domains: Introduction to Psychology, Measurement and Statistics, Research Methods, Clinical Science, Social-Personality Science, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Psychological Science Major

Advancement into the major requires successful completion of the 18 units from the pre-major. Students complete an additional 27 units of course work and research experience, including Advanced Research Methods and 15 units of 400-level advanced topic courses and 9 units of research experience.

Program Fee

Junior and Senior Psychological Science majors will be charged a $200.00 fee each fall and spring semester until graduation. The program fee will support laboratory research costs and will enhance the major by providing career advising services, forums for students scientific presentations, guest speakers and field experiences.