• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chico, CA, United States
The undergraduate Psychology program at California State University Chico  is a diverse 40-unit liberal arts program. The major includes the completion of three laboratory courses to ensure that students have direct experience with the content of psychology.
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Psychology is a diverse scientific discipline concerned with mental processes, behavior, and applications of its principles to enhance the human condition. The Department of Psychology at Chico offers coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

 It requires the completion of three laboratory courses which emphasize student-centered and active learning. Two computer-based laboratories and one wetlab provide exceptional opportunities for instruction and research. All students are also required to complete a senior seminar–either in the regular or honors program. Seminar topics vary from semester to semester and have included: Psychology and the Law; Brain Disorders: the Biology, the Behaviors, the Treatments; Evolutionary Psychology; Psychology and Spiritual Issues; and the Psychology of Human Aggression. We also encourage students to participate in internships and in research with faculty.

The knowledge objectives of our  Psychology program at California State University Chico include the biological bases of human behavior, cognitive and perceptual mechanisms, learning and memory processes, social and cultural influences on behavior, the psychological aspects of human development, etiology and treatment of abnormal behavior, determinants of personality and health, and methodology and statistics in psychology. 

Psychology Department Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the theoretical bases of psychology and acquire knowledge, literacy, and understanding in core and extended areas of psychology.
  • Students will exercise critical thinking, problem solving strategies, and scientific methodology in their academic studies and everyday lives.
  • Students will recognize how psychological principles are used in applied settings and will use psychological principles when evaluating personal experience.
  • Students will articulate and demonstrate values espoused in the field of psychology.
  • Students will have an understanding of the complexity of cultural diversity.
  • Students will communicate effectively to multiple audiences for multiple purposes.
  • Students will demonstrate information literacy competence and use computers and other technology for multiple purposes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Navigating Psychology: The Major and Beyond
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Elements of Learning and Behavior
  • Capstone Seminar in Psychology

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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