The Psychology minor provides many of the required courses for admission to graduate school in psychology. Psychology is "the science of behavior and mental processes." Understanding human behavior requires the study of human biology, psychological experience, and learning and cultural context.

The Psychology minor enhances your understanding of academic curricula in many other programs on campus. When combined with any major, it will expand your own special interests and career opportunities in areas related to human behavior. Specifically, the Psychology minor supports many applied research areas and in fields such as classroom teaching, preschool teaching, business, human services, social work, gerontology, probation and law enforcement, and other health and human service careers.

All the courses in the Psychology minor transfer to baccalaureate degree programs that lead to graduate programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. The minor does not provide sufficient undergraduate preparation for the minimum entry requirements to an APA-accredited graduate program without extensive additional upper-division coursework.

Required Courses

Complete the following three lower-division courses or equivalents (Please note: Introductory Psychology and Introductory Statistics must be completed before taking Introductory Research Methods. Concurrent enrollment is not allowed):

  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology (4 units)
  • STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units)
  • PSY 200/L: Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis (4 units)

Complete any three upper-division courses from the list below as long as they are in three different areas.

Research Skills

  • PSY 301/L: Advanced Psychological Statistics (4 units)
  • PSY 302/L: Psychology Research Methods and Data Analysis (4 units)
  • PSY 305/L: PSY Testing and Measurement (4 units)

Biological Psychology

Any PSY course numbered 310-319

Clinical Psychology

Any PSY course numbered 320-329

Cognitive Psychology

Any PSY course numbered 330-339

Developmental Psychology

Any PSY course numbered 340-349

Any HDEV course numbered 300 or above

Social Psychology

Any PSY course numbered 350-359

SBS 338: Social Psychology (4 units)