Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of human functioning. Human psychology is the result of biological, developmental, cognitive, and social processes. Psychologists study these processes through the application of the scientific method and apply their findings to better understand human behavior.

Among the benefits of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal Lutheran are:

  • You will be prepared for graduate school and for a variety of careers in counseling, education, business, healthcare, law enforcement, etc.
  • You will learn strategies for working with others, individually, as well as in groups
  • You will gain an understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of yourself and others

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent from now to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In May 2012, the median annual wage for psychologists was $69,280*.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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Program Requirements

Required credits: 36 credits minimum; 24 credits upper division. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Courses

PSYC 200 (4) General Psychology
PSYC 222 (4) Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 312 (4) Research Design and Statistics I
PSYC 313 (4) Research Design and Statistics II
PSYC 331 (4) Physiological Psychology

One of the following:
PSYC 304 (4) Child and Adolescent Development 
PSYC 325 (4) Theories of Personality
PSYC 401 (4) Social Psychology

One of the following:
PSYC 315 (4) Principles of Learning and Memory
PSYC 340 (4) History & Systems of Psychology
PSYC 416 (4) Social Learning Theory

Capstone course:
PSYC 435 (4) Intro to Counseling and Psychotherapy

Elective Course in Major

4 additional Psychology credits (lower division okay)

Minor in Psychology

Required credits: 19 credits minimum; 12 credits upper division. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Course

PSYC 200 (4) General Psychology

Elective Courses

15 additional Psychology credits. 12 credits must be upper division