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University of California, Davis
Psychology A.B.

Psychology provides knowledge of and means of studying human and animal behavior, knowledge, and thought processes, and how these change over the lifespan. The Psychology program is extremely broad and represents a wide variety of topics. The courses are organized around five main areas of faculty expertise. Personality/Social emphasizes the individual in the social environment and includes such topics as personality theory, social psychology, abnormal psychology, individual differences, developmental psychology, humanistic psychology and motivation. Psychobiology emphasizes the biological correlates of behavior and includes such topics as sensory psychology, physiological psychology and comparative psychology. Perception/Cognition/and Cognitive Neuroscience emphasizes how information from the physical world is sensed and used, examines the roles of consciousness, language, perception and learning in behavior and investigates the neural systems that support cognitive functions such as attention, memory, and language. Developmental Psychology focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, as well as personality and social processes, throughout the lifespan. Quantitative Psychology focuses on the mathematical techniques that are used to model Psychological processes and to test hypotheses. UC Davis offers the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) program for students interested in the liberal arts and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program geared for students with an interest in either biology or mathematics. An emphasis for the B.S. degree is declared following admission; however transfer students are strongly advised to complete as many preparatory courses as possible for their major before enrolling at UC Davis. For more specific information about the UC Davis Psychology majors consult psychology.ucdavis.edu.

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