What will I learn?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. In order to discover more about behavior, psychologists study both humans and animals. Psychology covers a wide range of topics, from the inner workings of our brains and bodies to the ways our social environment and culture influence us. This breadth is reflected in the psychology curriculum. Given that psychology is an empirical science; our program gives considerable emphasis to research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

The undergraduate major in Psychological Science is designed to provide each student with a comprehensive overview of the major fields of psychology and methods used in psychological research. The major also provides elective courses that allow the student to focus upon an area of special interest. These specialty areas might include social, developmental, cognitive, clinical, or biological psychology.

Students majoring in other disciplines such as computer, health or clinical sciences, communication, business administration, or education will find that a minor or electives in psychology will provide them with knowledge of direct relevance to their chosen professions. Additionally, psychology has rich ties with other fields such as philosophy, history, literature, the arts, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, communication, and biology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science will be able to:

Describe the major concepts theories, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, and their application to behavioral and mental processes.

Describe the scientific approach to psychology and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, quantitative analysis, interpretation and reporting in APA format.

Apply creative and critical thinking and employ skeptical inquiry to addressing issues and solving problems related to psychological phenomena.

Demonstrate the ability to independently locate, identify and critically evaluate scholarly literature in the discipline of psychology.

Thoughtfully consider and appraise alternative viewpoints, diverse socio-cultural perspectives and ethical issues related to psychological topics.

Career Opportunities

The undergraduate major in Psychological Science provides an excellent preparation for careers in a variety of psychology-related business and public organizations, social service agencies, and teaching institutions. Our undergraduate program provides the appropriate background for graduate training in experimental or clinical psychology. Coursework in psychology is also relevant to graduate training in counseling, teaching, medicine, law, business and management, and public administration.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,246.00 per year
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Application deadline

15 November 2021, 1 May 2022

Start date

24 January 2022, 29 August 2022, 23 January 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent, Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

For international students

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.