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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

In addition to adhering to the UC Merced and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts requirements, the Psychology major requires 48 units (some of which simultaneously fill General Education Requirements as indicated below). Courses in the major emphasis must be taken for a letter grade, and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Required courses include:

Lower Division Major Requirements [16 Units]

One Introductory course chosen from the following [4 units]

Meets Social Science course outside of major General Education requirement.

Upper Division Major Requirements [32 Units]

At least one course from each of the following Groups:

  • At least one course from Group A (Cognition, Brain and Behavior): PSY 160-169, PSY 180-189, or any upper division COGS course
  • At least one course from Group B (Social-Personality, Development): PSY 130-139 or PSY 150-159
  • At least one course from Group C (Applied Psychology): PSY 120-129, PSY 140-149, or PSY 170-179

At least two upper division advanced Psychology courses [8 units]

These must be different courses than those used to meet the three groups requirement. Any course that has PSY 015  as prerequisite is an upper division advanced course. Consult a SSHA adviser or the SSHA Advising website for approved courses.

At least two additional Psychology electives [8 units]

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to major in Psychology should complete the IGETC at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the Psychology major without specific major preparation. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information.

Psychology Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Psychology major will:

  1. Show knowledge of the key substantive content of the field of psychology, including memory and thinking, sensory psychology and physiology, developmental psychology, clinical and abnormal psychology, and social psychology;
  2. Demonstrate that they understand the basic principles of and correctly interpret applications of the designs and methods that psychologists use to gather data;
  3. Show that they can understand and correctly interpret the statistical analyses psychologists use to analyze data;
  4. Show that they understand and can apply the writing style used in psychological literature (APA style).