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University Catalog 2016-2017 
University Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is both a preparation for advanced study and a terminal liberal arts degree.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is 120 units, of which 50-52 units are in the major depending on the courses selected.  Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Criteria for Admission to the Major

The number of applicants who can be admitted to the major is limited by space availability.

First time freshmen: Admission of first time freshmen for available spaces in Psychology will be based on a rank ordering of CSU eligible applicants on the basis of their CSU eligibility index provided that they meet the campus impaction admission criteria.

Transfer students: Admission of transfer students for available spaces will be based on a rank ordering of cumulative grade point average, with a minimum transferrable GPA of 3.00.

Continuing students: Continuing students wishing to major in Psychology must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in at least 24 semester units of completed coursework at CSULA.


Psychology majors should file an official program with the department, preferably in their first quarter of attendance, but under no circumstances later than the first quarter of their junior year.

Requirements for the Major (50-52 units)

The major requires a lower division core of 9 units, an upper division core of 14-15 units and 27-28 units of electives from designated categories as explained below.  All Psychology majors must receive a grade of C- or higher in all psychology courses.

Upper Division Core Courses (14-15 units)

Upper Division Electives (27-28 units)

Select two courses each from Groups I-IV (24 units).  Select any one additional course from Groups I-V (3-4 units).  A total of three units of courses listed in the Applied Psychology/Community Engagement Category can be taken toward fulfillment of upper division elective requirements and applied to any group.

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