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Undergrad Degrees

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts

Majors Offered

Psychology

Minors Offered

Psychology
Child Psychology
Lifespan Development


I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001  Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002  Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003  Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or  a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.
 
II.   College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a.  One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III.  Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

 
  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV.  Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)
 
V. Major Requirements

All undergraduate students majoring in psychology must complete the following six courses:

  • PSYC 31-Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 53-Behavior Change I
  • PSYC 103-Statistical Inference in Behavioral Sciences (or MATH 35)
  • PSYC 105-Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 125-History and Systems of Psychology
  • All undergraduate students majoring in psychology must also complete three of the following five laboratory/field research courses:
    • PSYC 107-Psychology of Learning
    • PSYC 109-Physiological Psychology
    • PSYC 115-Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 129-Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 169-Social Psychology
  • Finally, all undergraduate students majoring in psychology must complete an additional three upper division courses counting toward the major and selected according to the interests of the student in consultation with an adviser in the department. Course selection includes:
    • PSYC 110-Psychoactive Drugs & Behavior
    • PSYC 111-Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 131-Adolescence & Young Adulthood
    • PSYC 133-Adulthood & Aging
    • PSYC 154-Child Mental Health
    • PSYC 155-Couples & Family Therapy
    • PSYC 156-Behavioral Medicine / Health Psychology
    • PSYC 158-Behavioral Assessment
    • PSYC 167-Psychology & the Law
    • PSYC 183-Research Design
    • PSYC 87/187-Internships
    • PSYC 89/189-Research or Teaching Assistantships
    • PSYC 193-Special Topics (e.g., Behavior Analysis & Developmental Disabilities, Psychology Testing, Gender & Psychology)
    • PSYC 191-Independent Study
    • PSYC 197-Independent Research
  • Psychology majors are also strongly encouraged to take one course each in:
    • PSYC 197-Independent Research, and PSYC 87
    • 187-Internship or PSYC 89
    • 189-Practicum.

In total, the psychology major must take at least 11 letter-graded courses (45 units) in psychology. More psychology courses may be taken, up to a total of 60 units (including transferred courses), if the student so desires. Majors must accumulate at least a 2.0 GPA in all letter-graded UOP psychology courses.

Recommended Freshman Year Curriculum
Complete PSYC 31, PSYC 53, PSYC 103 or MATH 35.

Complete the basic mathematics skills requirement (if not met by Mathematics Placement Test).

In selecting GE requirements, try to choose from the Biology, Literature, Mathematics and Philosophy offerings.