Why people behave the way they do and believe what they do is at the heart of psychology. As a psychology major at Fresno Pacific University, you will study human behavior and mental processes in an integrative manner in order to learn to view your world psychologically. FPU's psychology major emphasizes mastery of scientific methodology—you’ll learn how to think in new ways. Coursework provides a foundation in psychology, while challenging you to examine people from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and socio-cultural perspectives. Our program also differs from others in that it is decidedly non-territorial. Faculty encourage students to double major or minor in other subjects to spark a cross-disciplinary education.

Highlights

  • Flexible program which can be tailored to your career goals
  • Both clinical and experimental research emphases
  • Opportunities for applied practicum experiences as well as research

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in academia, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and industrial psychology. Others have gone on to work in fields where psychology can provide context for careers in law enforcement, human resources, consultation, business, public relations and more. Students interested in medicine (particularly neurology, psychiatry, family practice or pediatrics) are strongly encouraged to consider a double major in psychology, as psychological health is becoming an increasingly crucial aspect of overall health.

Program director

Jay Pope, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Course listing

Required Courses (41 - 44 Units)

Foundation Courses (22-23 Units)

Foundations of psychology

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-120/120HGeneral Psychology3-4
PSY-375Biopsychology4
PSY-450History and Systems of Psychology4

Foundations of research

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-300Statistics4
PSY-310Research Methods3
PSY-320Experimental Psychology3
PSY-320LExperimental Psychology Lab1
Breadth Courses (13 - 15 Units)

Students must take a minimum of four breadth courses: at least one each from the developmental, clinical and sociocultural categories.

Developmental

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-350Child Development3
PSY-355Adolescent Development3
PSY-360Lifespan Development3
PSY-365Gerontology3

Clinical

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-376Human Sexuality3
PSY-410Abnormal Psychology4
PSY-420Childhood Disabilities and Psychopathology4
PSY-440Counseling4

Sociocultural

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-395Social Psychology3
PSY-397Community Psychology4
PSY-400Personality3
PSY-460Psychology of Religion3
PSY-471Cross-Cultural Psychology4

Applied research in psychology

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-340Psychological Assessment4
PSY-370Cognitive Psychology4
PSY-377Sports and Exercise Psychology3
PSY-380Behavioral Psychology4
PSY-390Group Dynamics and Leadership3
PSY-488Advanced Statistics3

Synthesis courses (6 units)

Select at least one of the following. If either PSY-397 or PSY- 471 is chosen above, then another course must be used from the following list

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-397Community Psychology4
PSY-471Cross-Cultural Psychology4
PSY-485Integration Symposium3

Select at least one of the following:

CodeTitleUnits
PSY-482Psychology Practicum1-4
PSY-495Psychology Research Project1-4
PSY-496Psychology Research Practicum1-4