2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Feb 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

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A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology is excellent preparation for graduate programs in psychology, health and social service. Typically, professions in these areas require a post baccalaureate degree. Many of our students have been accepted into prestigious nationally recognized Ph.D. programs and many have gone on to master’s degree programs. Other professionals, such as executives, lawyers, and business leaders often have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and advanced degrees in other areas.

A major in psychology is also useful preparation for career areas such as counseling, media, management, survey research, assessment or program evaluation, and law enforcement. Students who are not planning on graduate school, still leave our program with a number of highly marketable skills such as; the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data; conduct research, write reports and proposals clearly and objectively; communicate effectively and sensitively in both individual and group situations; and identify problems, plan and recommend solutions.

All psychology students are required to adhere strictly to the Ethical Standards of Psychologists, published by the American Psychological Association, and to all Cal Poly Humboldt procedures and policies concerning use of humans and non-humans as experimental participants. Failure to comply will result in immediate expulsion from the department’s programs, courses, and facilities.

We recommend that students who are interested in this major take algebra and biology in high school.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (41 Units)

Specialized Topics (12 Units)

Complete 12 units from the following courses. A maximum of 3 units supervision courses can be counted toward the 12 units. The 3 units of supervision courses do not need to be taken in the same semester.

Psychology, B.A. Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and empirical findings in the core content areas of psychology.
  • knowledge of methodological, analytical, and research skills appropriate to the field of psychology.
  • knowledge of the sociocultural and contextual nature of psychology.
  • knowledge of ethics involved in conducting research and working in the field of psychology.
  • skills needed for post baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school.

Programs Leading to Licensure and Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Office of Academic Affairs, Siemens Hall 216, 707-826-3722.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

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