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Psychology, Emphasis in Neuroscience, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 20011) (SIMS Code: 778315)

This emphasis offers students an opportunity to complete a four-course sequence (within the scope of a bachelor’s degree in psychology) that will help them on the job market in research assistant and coordinator positions in neuroscience and related fields as well be more competitive for admission to graduate programs in neuropsychology and neuroscience areas. Students will learn about theories, research, and practice in neuroscience. Advanced courses will provide students with opportunities to complete projects and written assignments.

A minor is not required for this major. However, depending on career goals, students may wish to consider minors in areas such as biology, chemistry, gerontology; speech, language, and hearing sciences, and others.

Preparation for the Major

With the exception of PSY 201 , these prerequisite courses may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). The minimum grade in PSY 101 , PSY 230 , PSY 280  and BIOL 100  (or BIOL 203 ) is C (2.0) or better. The minimum grade in PSY 211  and PSY 260  is B (3.0) or better.


Psychology majors may use PSY 280  to satisfy Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement.

Note Also

A college level statistics course will be accepted from another department (BIOL 215 ; CIV E 160 ; ECON 201 ; POL S 201 ; SOC 201 ; STAT 119  or STAT 250 ) combined with PSY 281  in lieu of PSY 280 .

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one foreign language to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to Graduation Requirements .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

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

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 31 upper division units in psychology to include:

And 12 Units to Include


All majors must complete PSY 301  or PSY 410  or both. PSY 301  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 (doctoral degrees) are encouraged to take PSY 410 .


Students enrolling in these courses must have earned a B or better in PSY 280  or its equivalent. Students unsure of their statistical or computer competence may wish to take PSY 301  before enrolling in PSY 410 .


All majors must complete three courses or nine units; one course selected from groups I, II, and III:

Group IV

Satisfied by major core courses.

Additional Electives

An additional 5-6 elective units selected from 300- to 500-level psychology courses to satisfy the 31 units required for the psychology major.

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