Psychology

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Department of Psychology
EP 301
415-338-2167
Fax: 415-338-2398
E-mail: psych@sfsu.edu
Web Site: http://bss.sfsu.edu/psych/
Chair: Sacha Bunge

Faculty

Professors—Bunge, Colvin, Geisler, Harris, Kim, Lewis, Matsumoto, Mayer, Monteiro, Mosier, Newton, Paap, Spencer, Steiner, Terrell

Associate Professors—Ben-Zeev, Cookston, Juang, Velez

Assistant Professors—Gard, Hellenga, Howell, Morsella, Paik, Rodriguez, Smith, Wicher, Wright

Programs

B.A. in Psychology
Minor in Psychology
This minor is under review for temporary suspension. Please contact department for further information.
M.A. in Psychology: Concentration in Developmental Psychology
M.A. in Psychology: Concentration in Psychological Research
M.A. in Psychology: Concentration in Social Psychology
M.S. in Psychology: Concentration in Clinical Psychology
M.S. in Psychology: Concentration in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
M.S. in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology
Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Designation


Program Scope

Undergraduate Programs

Psychology is a broad field of study and practice comprised of several different yet complementary areas of specialization. The Bachelors of Arts in Psychology is built around a core set of courses in theory and methods and five broad areas of study: cognitive and physiological science; human development and individual difference; social and cultural dynamics; organizations, institutions, and communities; and statistics and methodology. Several themes of common interest extend across these special areas including an appreciation for cultural and human diversity; ethics and values; a sense of individual empowerment; historical antecedents; critical thinking; and the understanding of self and others.

The B.A. in Psychology offers a foundation in the analysis and critical evaluation of psychological literature, the communication of psychological concepts and facts both orally and in writing, and the development of psychological research including design, data analysis, measurement, and basic computer operation. Our B.A. degree provides an excellent foundation for work in the community in many fields that involve human relations and behavior. In addition, the undergraduate degree is an excellent preparation for graduate school in all fields of psychology and other behavioral and social sciences as well as for graduate programs in business, law, medicine, and many other professional fields.

Honors Thesis

Participation in the Honors Thesis is strongly recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school in psychology. Students need a written commitment by a Psychology Department faculty member who agrees to supervise the honors thesis, a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework, and senior standing. For more details, contact the Honors Thesis Coordinator.

Application Filing Periods

Applications for admissions to the psychology major are accepted by Undergraduate Admissions only during the application filing periods for the fall semester, October 1 to November 30 (for admission for the following fall). Applications are not accepted for spring semesters. Applications received outside of the fall semester open filing period will not be considered.

Change of Major Applicants

Undeclared majors and students enrolled in other disciplines at SFSU who seek to change their major to psychology must complete the prerequisite of PSY 200: General Psychology (or equivalent) , and PSY 171: Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology (or any quantitative reasoning course) with a grade of C or better in each before applying for a change of major. Transfer students admitted to SF State as psychology majors should plan to complete these courses at their transfer institution or during the first semester of their junior year.

Graduate Programs

Each program has been designed to meet student needs and to qualify students for vocational goals. Close liaison between students and advisers is an important feature of every graduate program.

The Developmental Psychology program focuses on life-span development from conception through aging. Major interest areas include social and emotional development, parent-child relations, family processes, sex differences, development across cultures and ethnic minority groups, learning, cognition, and psycholinguistics. The program is appropriate for students who wish to enter doctoral programs, and prepares them for academic, research, and applied careers in the field of child and developmental psychology.

The program in Psychological Research is for students seeking to become broadly informed and productive research psychologists who will be prepared to enter doctoral programs or perform competently as research associates in diverse areas of psychology. This program offers the opportunity for course work and research in such areas as biofeedback, emotion, physiological psychology, clinical research, program evaluation, psycholinguistics, and cognition. The program also prepares students for teaching in community colleges.

The Social Psychology program is designed to provide appropriate preparation and experience to students who intend to proceed to doctoral study, as well as to students who intend to develop careers at the master's level in research, in community college teaching, or in applications of social psychology. The program emphasizes achievement of competency in research skills (design, implementation, and interpretation of findings), familiarity with the theoretical and empirical literature of the discipline, and proficiency in application of social psychology to the solution of social problems; e.g., peace and conflict resolution, intergroup relations, and cultural diversity in modern society.

The Clinical Psychology program is intended to qualify students to provide mental health services in community mental health centers, schools, hospitals, private practice, managed care, and similar careers. The program provides the academic preparations and pre-master's supervised hours required for the State of California M.F.T. license.

The program with an Industrial-Organizational emphasis is designed to qualify students for professional careers in organizational behavior and human resource functions in business, industry, or government; or for doctoral programs in industrial/organizational psychology.

By completing the School Psychology program and some additional course work and an internship experience, students can qualify for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology.

Career Outlook

The undergraduate program provides a foundation of skills aod knowledge for careers both outside and inside of psychology. Since most jobs require a well-developed sense of how people function, a degree in psychology is often a desired background for positions in both government aod industry. Undergraduate work in psychology includes training to develop the abilities to analyze critically aod to understand complex behaviors, to deal with interpersonal problems, and to use research tools.

The following are some careers that graduates with bachelor's degrees in psychology have entered.

Psychological Research and Development—data analysis assistant; educational research assistant; public opinion poll-taker; research assistant in mental health; research design technician; statistician; survey interviewer.

Mental Health and Social Services—alcohol treatment center assistant; child care program assistant; corrections counselor; counseling assistant; counselor, child/adolescent; crisis-center counselor; drug abuse program assistant; psychiatric technician.

Business and Government—employment interviewer; human factors assistant; human resources manager; personnel analyst; psychometrist; public relations assistant.

Teaching—high school psychology instructor. Students with master's degrees may teach at the community college level.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology majors must take all core requirements for a letter grade and achieve a grade of C or better in each course.

Prerequisite Core

PSY 200: General Psychology (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for all upper division psychology courses. PSY 171: Quantitative Reasoning (or any quantitative reasoning course) is a prerequisite for PSY 371: Psychological Statistics. ENG 214: Second Year Written Composition (or a course that satisfies the lower division writing requirement) is a prerequisite for PSY 400: Research Methods. Students who have passed the JEPET may also be admitted to PSY 400. PSY 371: Psychological Statistics is a prerequisite for all non GE upper division psychology courses. Psychology majors must receive a C or better in PSY 171 (or equivalent); ENG 214 (or equivalent); PSY 200; PSY 371; and PSY 400.

Degree Requirements

The major includes 11 units of core curriculum, 12 units of basic courses, and 18 units of electives across sub discipline and application areas. Because of high demand, enrollment priority is given to psychology major students in all upper division courses; courses numbered 300 and above are not open to freshman; non-GE psychology courses are restricted to psychology majors.

Writing Competence

Good writing skills are necessary for success in the major. Students whose writing needs improvement should work on their skills by taking additional composition courses or by completing writing tutorials. Students are also urged to take the JEPET as soon as they become eligible.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
PSY 303 Psychology: The Major and the Profession (online) 1
PSY 371 Introductory Psychological Statistics 3
PSY 400 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
PSY 690 Future Directions for Psychology Majors (online) 1
 
One basic course from each of the following Areas 1 through 4:
Area 1: Cognitive and Physiological Science 3
Area 2: Human Development & Individual Differences 3
Area 3: Social and Cultural Dynamics 3
Area 4: Organizations, Institutions and Communities 3
 
Additional courses from at least four of Areas 1 through 6 in either basic or breadth courses 18
Total units in major 41

AREAS OF STUDY
Area 1: Cognitive and Physiological Science
    Area 1: Basic Courses  
PSY 432 Cognitive Development: Language, Thinking and Perception
PSY 492 Perception
PSY 494 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 581 Physiological Psychology I
    Area 1: Breadth Courses  
PSY 301 Psychological Foundations I: Cognition, Motivation, Physiology
PSY 496 Cognitive Science: Models of Human Psychology
PSY 498 Cognitive Neuroscience: Psychological Models
PSY 531 Psycholinguistics
PSY 582 Physiological Psychology II
PSY 586 Physiological Psychology Laboratory I
PSY 594 Psychology of Biofeedback Process
Area 2: Human Development & Individual Differences
    Area 2: Basic Courses  
PSY 431 Developmental Psychology
PSY 451 Theories of Personality
PSY 452 Abnormal Psychology: Minor Variants of Personality
PSY 491 Learning
    Area 2: Breadth Courses  
PSY 302 Psychological Foundations II: Social, Personality and Developmental
PSY 430 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 433 Social, Emotional and Personality Development
PSY 435 Behavior Problems of Children
PSY 436 The Development of Femaleness and Maleness (4)
PSY 442 Health Psychology
PSY 521 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 630 The Psychology of Aging (4)
Area 3: Social and Cultural Dynamics
    Area 3: Basic Courses  
PSY 300 Current Issues in Psychology
PSY 440 Social Psychology
PSY 455 Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology
PSY 474 Psychology of Social Justice
    Area 3: Breadth Courses  
PSY 320 Sex and Relationships
PSY 441 The Psychology of the Family
PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality
PSY 456 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior
PSY 472 Introduction to Legal Psychology
PSY 547 Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution
PSY 645 Group Processes
PSY 650 Research on Sexual Identity
Area 4: Organizations, Institutions and Communities
    Area 4: Basic Courses  
PSY 461 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 462 Personnel Psychology
PSY 493 Motivation
PSY 525 Community Psychology
    Area 4: Breadth Courses  
PSY 463 Human Factors
PSY 464 Environmental Psychology
PSY 465 The Psychology of Work Life Stress
PSY 466 Training and Development in Organizations
PSY 475 Psychology of Policing
Area 5: Statistics, Methodology, Background and Applications
    Area 5: Breadth Courses  
PSY 477 Psychological Measurement
PSY 497 General Experimental Psychology
PSY 540 Introduction to Psychological Field Research
PSY 571 Statistical Analysis of Psychological Research
PSY 601 Theoretical Backgrounds in Psychology
PSY 671 A Statistical Package for Analysis of Psychological Research
PSY 691 Applied Behavior Analysis: Selected Topics
Area 6: Special Projects in Psychology
    Area 6: Breadth Courses  
PSY 558/
PSY 559
Field Services Seminar (2)/
Psychological Field Service (1-3)
PSY 680 Peer Advising in Psychology
PSY 685 Projects in the Teaching of Psychology (1-4)
PSY 693 Proseminar I
PSY 694 Proseminar II
PSY 697 Senior Project Preparation
PSY 698 Senior Project in Psychology
PSY 699 Special Problems in Psychology (1-4)

MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

This minor is under review for temporary suspension.
Please contact department for further information.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
PSY 400 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
Upper division statistics course in psychology or other field  3
Units selected from the following: 3
PSY 300 Current Issues in Psychology  
PSY 301 Psychological Foundations I: Cognition, Motivations, Physiology
PSY 491 Learning
PSY 493 Motivation
PSY 494 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 581 Physiological Psychology I
Units selected from the following: 3
PSY 302 Psychological Foundations II: Social, Personality, Developmental  
PSY 431 Developmental Psychology
PSY 440 Social Psychology
PSY 451 Theories of Personality
PSY 601 Theoretical Backgrounds
Upper division electives in psychology by advisement Note: Students may not use PSY 330 as an elective if they have taken PSY 431. 6
Total 21

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Students who wish to apply for admission to classified graduate status in psychology should file a general university application with the graduate admissions office. In addition, departmental application forms must be completed and returned to the psychology department office. The department accepts applications until February 1st for the fall semester and October 15th for the spring semester. Most of the graduate programs accept applications for the fall semester only. The developmental psychology program also accepts applications in fall for spring semester. The clinical and school psychology programs generally require an interview.

The Psychology Department requires all students to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination. All the programs require the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Applicants should check the requirements of the program to which they are applying.

Students who intend to work toward the master of arts or master of science in psychology must meet the prerequisites outlined at the beginning of each concentration.

Undergraduate deficiencies are to be rectified, as the graduate adviser deems fit, without being included as part of the program for a master's degree.

In order to advance to candidacy, graduate students must meet all the general requirements for the specific program in which they are involved.

MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Program Coordinator—T. Spencer

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test. Level Two: satisfactory completion of the master's thesis (PSY 898).

Prerequisites: A background in elementary statistics, experimental psychology, developmental psychology (introductory course), and history and systems of psychology or psychology of learning.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
PSY 730 Seminar in Current Issues in Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 735
   or
PSY 736
   and
PSY 735
Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3 units each/2 semesters)
 
Seminar in Psychology of Language (3)
 
Seminar in Developmental Psychology
6
PSY 737 Laboratory in Observation of Children's Behavior 3
PSY 739 Technical Writing for Psychology Journals 1
PSY 771 Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design 3
PSY 837
   or
PSY 770
Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
 
Research Methods and Techniques
3
PSY 839 Field Experience in Developmental Psychology (1-3) 3
PSY 898 Master's Thesis 3
PSY 899 Special Study 2
Electives with approval of graduate major adviser 3
Minimum total 30
and Oral Defense of Thesis (may not be repeated)

MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Program Coordinators—M. Geisler, A. Ben-Zeev

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test Level Two: Satisfactory completion of the master's thesis (PSY 898).

Prerequisites: A course in statistical methods and a course either in experimental psychology or psychological research methods; or a course combining statistics and research methods.

Program Units
PSY 771 Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design 3
PSY 772 Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research 4
PSY 791
   or
PSY 770
Design and Discovery in Psychology
 
Research Methods and Techniques
3
PSY 792 Proseminar in Foundations of Contemporary Psychological Research 3
PSY 798 Research Colloquium 3
PSY 799 Supervised Selected Research 5
PSY 891
 
 
Seminar in Selected Problems
   or
Elective course approved by graduate adviser
3
PSY 896 Directed Reading 3
PSY 898 Master's Thesis 3
Upper division/graduate units in psychology or allied fields approved by graduate major adviser 6
Minimum total 35

MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test Level Two: Satisfactory completion of master's thesis (PSY 898).

Prerequisites: A broad undergraduate major in psychology or a related discipline, including preparation in social psychology and such areas as personality theory, group processes, research methods, and statistics. Students who have not had a recent upper-division course in social psychology and students who are not competent in statistics at the intermediate level are required to remedy these deficiencies during their first year in the program.

Core Requirement Units
PSY 740 Seminar in Social Psychology 3
PSY 742 Seminar in Survey Research 3
PSY 748 Seminar to Accompany Field Problems in Social Psychology 3
PSY 749 Field Problems in Social Psychology 3
PSY 751 Seminar in Current Trends and Issues 3
PSY 770 Research Methods and Techniques 3
PSY 865 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities 3
Electives chosen with prior written approval of adviser and program coordinator 9
PSY 898 Master's Thesis 3
Minimum total 33

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Program Coordinators— D. Gard, J. Lewis

The M.S. in psychology: concentration in clinical psychology provides students with a degree that confers eligibility to sit for the State of California M.F.T. license after completing 3,000 approved hours, 1,700 hours of which must be acquired post-master's.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test Level Two: Satisfactory completion of the master's written examination in PSY 896 or PSY 898, masters thesis.

Prerequisites: Preparation in psychology, or in other fields which emphasize understanding of human functioning, as any of the social sciences or, in some instances, in fields that deal with specialized forms of human expression and experience. Preparation should include course work in psychological statistics, personality theory, and abnormal psychology. Course work in developmental psychology and cultural perspectives is desirable. Preparation should also include experience working directly with people in a helping or service-oriented situation.

Program Units
PSY 721 Clinical Methods: Intelligence and Personality Testing 3
PSY 722 Clinical Methods: Personality Appraisal and Projective Techniques 3
PSY 728 Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum (3) 6
PSY 729 Psychology Practicum (1-3) 6
PSY 753 Seminar: Psychotherapeutic and Developmental Change I 3
PSY 754 Seminar: Psychotherapeutic and Developmental Change II 3
PSY 821 Clinical Methods: Diagnosis and Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY 822 Clinical Methods: Marital and Family Systems Theory and Therapy 3
PSY 828 Conference to Accompany Advanced Psychology Practicum 6
PSY 829 Advanced Psychology Practicum (3-6) 12
PSY 896 Directed Reading and Comprehensive Written Examination (may be repeated once) or 3
PSY 898 Master's Thesis and Oral Defense of Thesis (may be repeated once)
Minimum total 51

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Program Coordinator—C. Wright

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test. Students who do not achieve the cut-off score are required to take the Graduate Essay Test (GET). Students who do not pass the GET are required to take and pass prescribed remedial course(s) in English composition. Level Two: satisfactory completion of master's thesis (PSY 898) or written comprehensive exam (PSY 896).

Prerequisites: Course work in intermediate statistics plus completion of 15 units in psychology.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Data Collection and Analysis Courses
PSY 770 Research Methods 3
Units selected from the following: 3-4
PSY 771 Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design  
PSY 772 Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research (4)
PSY 777 Statistical Analysis of Multivariate Data Using Computers
Core Industrial/Organizational Courses
PSY 761 Seminar in Industrial–Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 760 Seminar in Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 762 Seminar in Industrial Psychology 3
PSY 765 Industrial Training Program Development 3
PSY 766 Psychological Foundations of Organizational Change 3
PSY 768 Seminar to Accompany Field Experience in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 769 Field Experience in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
Electives from the following or other courses with approval of adviser 6
PSY 740 Social Psychology  
PSY 741 Seminar in Group Dynamics
PSY 742 Seminar in Survey Research
PSY 767 Emerging Issues in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Culminating Experience
One of the following: 3
PSY 896 Directed Reading and Comprehensive Written Examination  
PSY 898 Master's Thesis
Minimum total units 36-37

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

Program Coordinator—D. Harris

This degree program leads to the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology. Designed primarily for full-time SFSU students, an M.S. is earned after successful completion of the fourth semester and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with an authorization in School Psychology is awarded after successful completion of the sixth semester in the program.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the M.S. program is based upon evidence of psychological experience with children and families in institutions such as schools and service-oriented settings. Academic preparation is demonstrated by the capacity to make use of graduate-level academic work and professional training. These qualifications may be assessed by record of previous academic accomplishments in psychology or other related fields that emphasize an understanding of children and their families and include clinical work experience. Students entering the program should have completed courses in statistics and research, clinical, developmental, abnormal psychology, learning, personality, and cross-cultural psychology.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test . Level Two: Satisfactory completion of the master's written examination (PSY 896) or master's thesis (PSY 898).

Program Units
PSY 721 Clinical Methods: Intelligence and Personality Testing 3
PSY 722 Clinical Methods: Personality Appraisal and Projective Techniques 3
PSY 770 Research Methods and Techniques 3
PSY 728 Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum (3) 6
PSY 729 Psychology Practicum (3) 6
PSY 828 Conference to Accompany Advanced Psychology Practicum (3) 6
PSY 829 Advanced Psychology Practicum (3) 6
PSY 855 Seminar in Professional School Psychology 3
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 827 The Consultation Process 2
COUN 858 Couples and Family Counseling 3
SPED 772 Methods I: Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction of Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 803 Communication, Diversity, and Exceptionality 3
SPED 793 Atypical Cognitive Development 3
PSY 896 Directed Reading and
Comprehensive Written Examination or
3
PSY 898   Master's Thesis and
  Oral Defense of Thesis
Minimum total 55

Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Designation

Only students enrolled in the M.S. in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology at SFSU are eligible for this program. In addition to the courses required for the M.S., the following courses are required for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with a School Psychology authorization.

Professional Course Requirements Units
PSY 858 Conference to Accompany Psychology Internship (3) 6
PSY 859 Psychology Internship (3-6) 12
PSY 899 Special Study 3
BSS 803 Integrated and Collaborative Services for Children 3
Minimum total 24

Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Designation
(Credential Internship Program for Non-matriculated Students)

This credential program is offered through the College of Extended Learning (CEL). It is intended for individuals who have completed at least a master of science in psychology with a concentration in school psychology or a related master’s or doctoral degree. In addition, individuals must have completed a minimum of 576 hours of school psychology related experience in the schools supervised by a credentialed school psychologist, and equivalent academic courses to be eligible for admission to the program. In most cases the master of science in psychology: concentration in school psychology and a general Pupil Personnel Services Credential (without the School Psychology designation) are awarded prior to enrollment in the program. A fee will be charged to evaluate and determine eligibility for the program.

Professional Course Requirements Units
PSY 858 Conference to Accompany Psychology Internship (3) 6
PSY 859 Psychology Internship (6) 12
PSY 899 Special Study 3
BSS 803 Integrated and Collaborative Services for Children 3
Total 24


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