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To help others we must first understand why they believe and behave the way they do. As a psychology major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll learn to think in new ways as you examine people from scientific, religious, philosophical, physiological and socio-cultural perspectives. Whether you’re observing the application of behavioral principles with the animals at the Chaffee Zoo or practicing reflective listening in a mock counseling session, you’ll take a hands-on approach to your learning. Learn from faculty with a range of clinical training and perspectives as you study human behavior and mental processes in a theoretical and applied manner. Take your studies beyond the classroom with research projects and field trips.


  • Flexibility allows for a double major or inclusion of a minor in another area of study
  • Both clinical and experimental research emphases offered
  • Applied practicum provides internship, research and career development opportunities

Career opportunities

Through our applied practicum, you’ll intern in the field of your choice to gain relevant work experience. 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, education, 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.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

Required Courses (41 - 44 Units)

Foundation Courses (22-23 Units)
Foundations Of Psychology
PSY 120
or PSY 120H
General Psychology
or General Psychology
3 or 4
PSY 375Biopsychology4
PSY 450History and Systems of Psychology4
Foundations Of Research
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.

PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PSY 360Life-Span Development3
PSY 365Gerontology3
PSY 376Human Sexuality3
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4
PSY 420Childhood Disabilities and Psychopathology4
PSY 440Counseling4
PSY 395Social Psychology3
PSY 397Community Psychology4
PSY 400Personality3
PSY 460Psychology of Religion3
PSY 471Cross-Cultural Psychology4
Applied Research In Psychology
PSY 340Psychological Assessment4
PSY 370Cognitive Psychology4
PSY 377Sport 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

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

Select at least one of the following

PSY 482Psychology Practicum2-4
PSY 495Psychology Research Project1-4
PSY 496Psychological Research Practicum1-4

Program director

Annie Fujikawa
Annie Fujikawa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Psychology B.A.


Elizabeth Lake, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Lake, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Jay Pope, Ph.D.
Jay Pope, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

James Van Slyke
James Van Slyke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology