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San Jose State University
Psychology B.S.

The Department of Psychology seeks to develop skilled critical thinkers who use their knowledge of the principles of human behavior, cognition, and emotion to work and live effectively and fully in a multicultural global society. Our curriculum covers the major areas in the field of psychology to help students understand the complexities of human thought and behavior in a sociocultural context. In addition, the Department provides students with training in research methods, statistics, and scientific writing. Psychology students have opportunities to gain practical experience by working with our faculty in research labs, community outreach projects, Silicon Valley companies, and so on. Areas of specialty within our department include, clinical, development, cognitive science, neuroscience, industrial and organizational psychology, human factors engineering, and more.

Our BS degree is a regimented degree plan for students who wish to develop a focused set of skills in pre-selected areas so they can apply these skills in a technical setting or seek research-focused training. The BS degree program has more course requirements than the BA (i.e., fewer electives). The degree plan emphasizes research focused scientific and methodological training, as well as breadth in pre-selected areas of psychology and other fields (biology, chemistry, philosophy). Students should seek early and frequent advice from departmental advisors.

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