Psychology, B.A.

Department

Department of Psychology

Constance Jones, Chair
Science II Building, Room 312
559.278.2691
www.fresnostate.edu/csm/psych

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Psychology, B.A.
EDS in Psychology, Ed.S.
MA in Psychology, M.A.
MA in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis Option, M.A.
MN in Psychology, Minor
PREB in Pre-Psychology

Courses Offered

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior -- including human thought, emotion, and action -- and the application of scientific knowledge to the solution of real-world problems. It includes a wide variety of topics, including perception, learning, memory, thinking, emotion, personality, social interaction, development, and abnormal behavior. Psychologists recognize that understanding behavior in all its complexity requires studying it from multiple perspectives. A thorough understanding of memory, for example, requires knowledge ranging from the neural structures and processes that underlie it to the social and cultural forces that influence it.

Students majoring in psychology take core courses in general psychology, statistics, and research methodology, along with additional courses in each of the primary areas of the discipline. There are also numerous opportunities for students to supplement their coursework with hands-on experience in faculty research labs and in the field under faculty supervision. Advanced and well-qualified students can participate in our senior honors program. These students design, conduct, and present an original research project as a senior thesis.

Psychology majors learn to think critically, write and speak clearly, identify and solve problems, and work effectively both individually and in groups. As a result, the study of psychology provides excellent preparation for graduate study and careers in a variety of fields.

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Psychology Major

1. Major requirements (43-52 units)

A. Core Courses (all required): PSYCH 10, 42, 63, 144 (14 units)
B. Basic Knowledge and Skills (select 1): PSYCH 36, 60T, 66, 145 (1-5 units)
C. Basic Applications (select 1): PSYCH 136, 162, 169, 175, 176 (3-4 units)
D. Advanced Applications (select 1): PSYCH 143, 149, 171S, 172, 177, 178S, 179 (4 units)
E. Advanced Content (select 2): PSYCH 154, 155, 156 (8 units)
F. Advanced Processes (select 2): PSYCH 121, 122, 124, 125, 128 (8 units)
G. Integration: PSYCH 182 (4 units)
H. Advanced Topics (select 1): PSYCH 120T, 123, 127, 140T, 150T, 151, 152, 157, 160T, 163, 170T, 180T, 184A, 184B (1-5 units)
I. Psychology Electives (see Advising Note 5)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor.

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. This total indicates that 3 units of PSYCH 10 in G.E. Breadth D3 may be applied to the psychology major. In addition. G.E. certified courses that are equivalent to PSYCH 10 and PSYCH 42 taken at another CSU campus or a public California community or junior college may be applied to the major. Courses that meet both major and G.E. requirements require adjustment of elective hours to reach the 120 unit total requirement. Consult the department advising office for additional details and guidance on electives.

Advising Notes

  1. Students desiring to major in psychology must do the following before being permitted to enroll in restricted, 100-level psychology courses (courses with prerequisites):
    a. formally apply to the major, at which time they will be placed in a pre-psychology major category, and
    b. complete PSYCH 10, 42, 63, and 144 (or their equivalents) with grades of C or better and have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  2. Students may apply for upper-division psychology major status in the Psychology Department Office during the semester in which they expect to successfully complete the core course requirements. Approval will be contingent upon satisfactory fulfillment of these requirements.
  3. All students, including transfer students and students changing to the psychology major, must request the Psychology Department to screen their transcripts (to be provided by the student) for successful completion of the requirements before enrollment in restricted, 100-level psychology courses will be permitted. Currently enrolled students who wish to change to the psychology major must first obtain the change-of-major form in the north lobby, Joyal Administration Building.
  4. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see Double Major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  5. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the psychology major.
  6. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  7. Students who complete all courses required in the major may be cleared with a minimum of 44 units for the psychology major. Although not required, psychology electives may be applied toward the major and may be used to meet the required minimum total of 44 units for the psychology major.

Faculty

All full-time faculty members in the department have a Ph.D. in psychology or a closely related field. Their areas of expertise represent the breadth of contemporary scientific psychology. In addition to being dedicated teachers, most faculty members also conduct and publish original research. Many are also licensed or certified as practitioners of clinical psychology, school psychology, or applied behavior analysis.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.

Roadmap

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Careers

Injecting ear

Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better (American Psychological Association, 2010).

The Department of Psychology at California State University, Fresno consists of a vibrant group of faculty members; excellent teachers, researchers, and practitioners of Psychology. Fresno State Psychologists are investigating brainwaves with EEG machines, anger, interpersonal relationships, the effects of physical cues on interpreting audition, developmental processes, and a myriad of other areas of investigation. The Department of Psychology offers diversified undergraduate and graduate education that spans the breadth of modern Psychology ranging from the inner workings of the biological substrates of behavior, the behavior of the individuals, to the social psychology of group behavior.

The Department of Psychology's broad graduate and undergraduate curriculum prepares students for an array of career paths in the field of Psychology and related disciplines. Motivated students have a wealth of independent research opportunities with faculty members in the department. Exceptionally well-qualified students can participate in our senior honors program. These students design, conduct, and present an original research project as a senior thesis and regularly present their work at regional and national professional conferences.

What You Can Earn

  • Psychologist $85,253 (in our region)
  • Counseling Psychologist $61,813 (in our region)
  • Organizational Psychologist $120,227 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data from salary.com as of May 2012

  • Clinical Psychologist (Doctorate) $65,000 to $104,000 (in our region)
  • University Professor $45,000 to $239,000 (national range)
  • Masters Social Work $46,000 to $66,000 (in our region)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor $27,000 to $45,000 (in our region)

Source: National Assoc. School Psychologists, 2007

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Learning and Memory

What You Can Learn

  • The Scientific Basis of the field of Psychology.
  • The appropriate research methods and statistics required to conduct psychological research.
  • The relationships between biology and behavior.
  • How humans and other animals learn to behave in their environment.
  • How a person's behavior develop and change over their lifespan.
  • How the manner in which a person thinks about the world effects their behavior.
  • The effects that culture have on a person's behavior.

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Department of Psychology 
2576 E. San Ramon ST11 
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: 559.278.2691 
Fax: 559.278.7910

Office Location

Science II Room 312

Psychology students in lab