What is psychology?
What makes psychology a science?
What topics does psychology cover?
Psychologists study a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
All of these different areas of psychology have one thing in common: understanding how and why individuals behave as they do. Psychologists are also increasingly working with scientists in other fields (e.g., linguistics, anthropology, genetics) to conduct interdisciplinary research.
What courses will I be asked to take if I major in Psychological Science?
I want to be a therapist. Is Psychological Science the right major for me?
I have heard that there is a lot of biology in the Psychological Science major. Why?
What jobs are available for me if I get a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science?
How demanding is the major? Will I still be able to work full time?
The major in Psychological Science is demanding. Students who transfer from community colleges often find the transition to CSU San Marcos to be challenging. There is no simple rule about how many classes you should take, but if you want to do well you will need to allow 2-3 hours of studying for each hour you spend in psychology classes.
Do the math: if you take three psychology classes you will need to set aside 18-27 hours a week outside of class for studying, plus the time you spend studying for other classes you may take. We strongly advise you not to over-extend yourself by taking more units than you can handle.
What other majors focus on human behavior?
There are majors other than Psychological Science that focus on human behavior but require fewer research courses:
are majors you might want to consider. It is very important that you examine your interests, skills, talents, and goals before you choose any major, including Psychological Science.
I’m not sure if Psychology major is right for me. Who should I talk to about it?