Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Developmental Psychology

Psychology is the study of the aspects of mind related to human nature, our relationships to each other, and our relationship to the world at large. While psychology is often scientific in its outlook, it also includes ways of knowing and understanding the world based on philosophy and the arts. In this sense psychology is one of the broadest of disciplines, encompassing a wide range of academic areas and endeavors. Psychology recognizes the diverse cultural, economic, ethnic, historical, and political viewpoints that exist in a multicultural world. The discipline seeks to understand how these viewpoints interact with individual and group behavior in order to encourage a rich pluralism of human interaction.

The psychology program at CSUCI is unique in two aspects. The first is that students will have some exposure to all major areas of psychology through a required sequence of core courses. Included in these courses is a year-long upper division course in quantitative reasoning. This core-course curriculum borrows an ideology from the best undergraduate psychology programs, producing students with knowledge in all branches of psychology as well as methodological skills that can be widely applied within and outside of the discipline.

The second unique aspect of the CSUCI psychology program is its interdisciplinary course offerings. These interdisciplinary courses offer students a chance to experience the intersection of psychology with other disciplines. This closely follows how psychology is understood and practiced in the world at large.

Careers

Graduates of the CSUCI undergraduate psychology program will be prepared to work in a variety of settings. Typically, psychology graduates do well finding jobs. However, we recognize that nationally approximately 23% of undergraduate psychology majors go on to graduate school for masters, doctorates, or other professional degrees. Therefore, the psychology faculty at CSUCI are committed to helping students gain admittance into graduate or professional schools.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduating from the Psychology program:

  • students should be familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings and historical trends in psychology;
  • students should understand and be able to use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis and interpretation;
  • students should have an understanding of applications of psychology to personal, social and organizational issues;
  • students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for multiple purposes;
  • students should use and respect skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior;
  • students should have an understanding of the complexity of cultural diversity;
  • students should be able to express themselves effectively in written and oral communication; and
  • students should understand themselves and others in a cultural context and develop interpersonal skills for diverse settings over the lifespan.

Faculty

Harley Baker, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and
Chair, Psychology Program
Sage Hall, Room 2011
Phone: 805 437-8997
harley.baker@csuci.edu  

Virgil H. Adams, III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Sage Hall, Room 2031
Phone: 805 437-2767
virgil.adams@csuci.edu  

Beatrice de Oca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Academic Advisor for Psychology
Sage Hall, Room 2113
Phone: 805 437-8992
beatrice.deoca@csuci.edu  

Kimmy Kee-Rose, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Sage Hall, Room 2153
Phone: 805 437-3276
kimmy.kee-rose@csuci.edu

Michelle Moon, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Sage Hall, Room 2131
Phone: 805 437-2752
michelle.moon@csuci.edu

Kevin Volkan, Ed.D., Ph.D., MPH
Professor of Psychology
Sage Hall, Room 2151
Phone: 805 437-8867
kevin.volkan@csuci.edu

Requirements For The B.A. In Psychology (120 units)

Lower Division Required Courses (15 units)

Psychology majors must take each of these courses:
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 202 Statistics (same as BIO 202 and Math 202) (3)
PSY 211 Cognition and Learning (3)
PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 217 Theories of Personality (3)

Students will need to obtain a grade of C- or better to apply these courses to the psychology major. Students may substitute equivalent courses taken at other universities in each area by articulation agreement or by permission of the Psychology program. Nine units from these required lower division courses may be counted towards GE requirements.  

Upper Division Required Core Courses (22 units)

Psychology majors will normally take these courses at CSUCI. Students may substitute equivalent courses taken at other universities in each area by articulation agreement or by permission of the Psychology program. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better to apply toward the Psychology major.

PSY 300 Psychological Research and Statistical Methods with Lab I (3)
PSY 301 Psychological Research and Statistical Methods with Lab II (3)
PSY 310 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
PSY 312 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 313 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 314 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
PSY 316 Sensation and Perception (3)  

Upper Division Psychology Electives (12 units)

Psychology majors must take 12 units of Upper Division Psychology Electives. These courses range from 330-499 (up to 6 units from interdisciplinary Psychology courses number 330-349 or 430-449 may be double-counted towards the upper division GE requirement). Not all courses will be taught in all years. Students must obtain a grade of C- or better (or CR) in each of these courses to apply them to the psychology major. The current list of Upper Division Elective courses in Psychology is as follows:

PSY 333 Measurement and Testing of Groups and Individuals (3)
PSY 337 Psychological Ethics and Moral Philosophy (3)
PSY 338 Psychology of Art and Artists (3)
PSY 339 Psychology in Literature (3)
PSY 340 History and Psychology of Nazi Germany (3)
PSY 344 Psychology and Traditional Asian Thought (3)
PSY 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society (3)
PSY 346 Psychology of Motivation (3)
PSY 400 Case Studies in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (3)
PSY 410 Psychological Testing (3)
PSY 415 Assessment of Children (3)
PSY 432 Seminar in Leadership (3)
PSY 436 Psychology and History of East Asian Warrior Cultures (3)
PSY 441 Psychology of Space (3)
PSY 445 Adolescent Development (3)
PSY 449 Human-Computer Interaction (3)
PSY 450 Advances in Neural Science (3)
PSY 457 Criminal Behavior (3)
PSY 461 Advanced Topics in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSY 470 Seminar in Freud and Object Relations Theory (3)
PSY 471 Seminar in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology (3)
PSY 473 Bizarre Behavior and Culture Bound Syndromes (3)
PSY 483 Applied Multivariate Analyses (3)
PSY 489 Advanced Topics in Psychology (3)
PSY 492 Psych Internship or Service Learning (1-3 units)
PSY 494 Independent Research in Psychology (1-3 units)
PSY 497 Directed Study in Psychology (1-3 units)
PSY 499 Senior Capstone in Psychology (1-3 units)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (72 units):
General Education (48 units)
Title V, United States History, Constitution and American Ideals (6)
University electives (18 units)

Minor In Psychology (18-19 units)

The minor in psychology gives students concentrated exposure to the philosophy, history, methods and theories related to the study of the mind and behavior. The minor in psychology is appropriate for students interested in understanding how human psychological perspectives can influence their major field of study and the world around them.

Lower-Division Requirements (9 units) 

  1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  2. Two courses from the following list (6):
    PSY 210 Learning, Cognition, & Development (3)
    or
    PSY 211 Cognition and Learning (3)
    PSY 212 Neurobiology & Cognitive Science (3)
    PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3)
    PSY 217 Theories of Personality (3)
    PSY 220 Human Sexual Behavior (3)  

Upper-Division Requirements (9-10 units)

  1. One course from the following list (3 units):
    PSY 310 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
    PSY 312 Social Psychology (3)
    PSY 313 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (3)
    PSY 314 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
  2. Six (6) units of coursework from any psychology courses at the 300 level or above (6 units).

Minor In Developmental Psychology

(Child and Adolescent Emphasis) (18-19 units)

The minor in developmental psychology gives students concentrated exposure to the methods and theories related to how children and adolescents develop. Cognitive, emotional, and social perspectives will be covered as well as methods for psychological assessment. The minor in developmental psychology is appropriate for students interested in understanding how human developmental perspectives can influence their major field of study.  

Lower-Division Requirements (6 units)

Each of the following courses (6 units):
PSY 210 Learning, Cognition, & Development (3)
or
PSY 211 Cognition and Learning (3)
PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3)  

Upper-Division Requirements (12-13 units)

  1. One course from the following list (3 units):
    PSY 310 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
    PSY 312 Social Psychology (3)
    PSY 313 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (3)
    PSY 314 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
  2. Three courses from the following list (9 units):
    PSY 333 Measurement and Testing of Groups and Individuals (3)
    PSY 345 Individuals with Disabilities & Society (3)
    PSY 415 Assessment of Children (3)
    PSY 445 Adolescent Development (3)
    PSY 461 Advanced Topics in Child and Adolescent Development (3)