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2023/2024 University Catalog 
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Psychology, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 20011) (SIMS Code: 778301)

Also Offered at SDSU Imperial Valley

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “.” No more than 56 units in psychology courses can apply to the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree.

A minor is not required for this major. However, depending on career goals, students may wish to consider minors in areas such as biology, business, public administration, recreation, social work, statistics, and others.

Preparation for the Major

(20 units)

With the exception of , these prerequisite courses may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). The minimum grade in each class is C (2.0) or better.


Psychology majors may use  to satisfy Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement.

Note Also

A college level statistics course will be accepted from another department (; ; ; ; ;  or ) combined with  in lieu of .

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “.”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 31 upper division units in psychology to include courses that meet the methods requirement and the breadth requirement.


All majors must complete  or  or both.  is suitable for most psychology majors, including those planning to enter the job market after graduation, those undecided about career plans, and those planning to pursue graduate work in related fields such as counseling.

Students planning to pursue graduate work in psychology (research degrees) should take  and  as early as possible.


Students enrolling in these courses must have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in  or its equivalent. Students unsure of their statistical or computer competence may wish to take  before enrolling in  or .


All majors must complete four courses or 12 units; one course selected from each of the following groups:

Additional Psychology Units

An additional 14-15 elective units selected from 300- to 500-level psychology courses and * to satisfy the 31 units required for the psychology major.

Recommendations for Psychology Electives

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