Psychology, B.A.


Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Psychology Major

1. Major requirements (48 units)
Pre-Major Core (13 - 14 units; see advising note 5): PSYCH 10, PSYCH 42, PSYCH 63, PSYCH 144

Foundation - choose at least four (13 - 15 units): PSYCH 36, PSYCH 66, PSYCH 128, PSYCH 136, PSYCH 155, PSYCH 156

Psychology Electives - choose at least four (12 - 16 units): PSYCH 120T, PSYCH 121, PSYCH 122, PSYCH 123, PSYCH 124, PSYCH 125, PSYCH 126, PSYCH 127, PSYCH 129, PSYCH 133, PSYCH 140T, PSYCH 143, PSYCH 149, PSYCH 150T, PSYCH 151, PSYCH 152, PSYCH 154, PSYCH 157, PSYCH 160T, PSYCH 162, PSYCH 163, PSYCH 164, PSYCH 169, PSYCH 170T, PSYCH 171S, PSYCH 172, PSYCH 175, PSYCH 176, PSYCH 177, PSYCH 178S, PSYCH 179i, PSYCH 180T, PSYCH 181, PSYCH 182, PSYCH 184A

Major Unit Requirements: Additional courses from the Foundation and Psychology
Electives areas to reach a minimum of 48 units.

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements.Consult the department or college advising office for additional details and guidance on electives.

Advising Notes

  1. Advising for psychology students is done by both the Psychology Advising Office in the Department of Psychology and by the Advising Resource Center (ARC) in the College of Science and Mathematics. The Psychology Advising Office primarily handles advising related specifically to the psychology major and minor. ARC primarily handles GE advising and is responsible for lifting second-semester advising and My Degree Plan holds.
  2. When students first apply to the major, they are given pre-psychology major status. They must then complete the Pre-Major Core courses or their equivalents with grades of C or better and have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 before applying for full psychology major status.
  3. Students should apply for full psychology major status during the semester in which they expect to complete the Pre-Major Core courses. Approval will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of these courses.
  4. Most upper-division psychology courses are restricted to students with full psychology major or minor status. Students with pre-psychology major status are limited to the Pre-Major Core courses, other lower-division courses (PSYCH 36 and 66), and a small number of additional upper-division courses (PSYCH 162, 169, and 175).
  5. The number of units in the Pre-Major Core is 14 when students take the four-unit PSYCH 42. It is 13, however, for students who transfer with a three-unit statistics course.
  6. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the psychology major.


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.
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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.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.

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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 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