The Department of Psychology offers students a choice between a B.A. and B.S. degree. Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Many psychologists work with people to understand how they think, respond to stress, learn and forget, develop unique personalities, and interact with one another. Others study animals' behavior and nervous systems to find general principles that apply across species. Psychologists apply their knowledge to therapy and counseling, improve practices in schools, prisons, and rehabilitation centers, and enhance performance in the industry, business, and professions. Careers in psychology are already plentiful and fulfilling, and the field is one of the fastest-growing in the world.


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Advertising Account Executive • Business Executive • Career Counselor • Clinical/Counseling/Child Psychologist • Community Mental Health Employee • Employee Counselor and Trainer • Experimental Psychologist • Human Resource Specialist • Human Service Worker • Personnel Representative • Police/Probation Officer • Program Evaluator • Public Relations Specialist • Recreation Worker • School Counselor • Social Worker • Special Education Teacher • Substance Abuse Counselor


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Courses You Might Take

PSYC 200 - Methods of Investigation in Psychology

A course on experimental, correlational, and observational methods in the study of psychology with selected examples.

PSYC 300 - Experimental Psychology

A research course in the development, design, and execution of psychological experiments; the analysis of data; and the writing of research reports in APA format.

PSYC 310 - Conditioning and Learning

An introduction to the experimental analysis of animal learning and behavior with an emphasis on conditioning. Topics include non-associative learning, choice behavior, stimulus control, extinction, and aversive control.

PSYC 381 - Psychopathology

An overview of the major psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on diagnostic criteria; biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors; and treatment implications.

PSYC 431 - Perception

This course covers how the eyes, ears, and other sense organs bring information about the world to the brain, and how this information is used to perceive objects and events.

PSYC 472 - Motivation

A survey of theoretical approaches to understanding human motivation. Students apply theories to motivation in real-world contexts (e.g., work, school, relationships) and make suggestions for changing motivation through the principles covered.

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Department of Psychology
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Hayward, CA 94542