Students in lower-division psychology courses such as Introduction to Psychology (Psyc
100), Introduction to Statistics (Psyc 220), and Research Methods (Psyc 230) make
up the bulk of the HPP at CSUSM. This happens through the course requirement that
students participate in research in order to gain an understanding of the process
and outcomes of experiments and other types of research studies (e.g., surveys, interviews,
Although participation is a requirement in many of the lower division psychology courses,
any student age 18 or older can participate in the studies.
For students who do not wish to participate in the pool, an alternative research assignment
is available. Students who choose this option read, summarize, and critique a published
empirical article (i.e., a study with methods, results, and discussion and not a review
article) to earn HPP credits.