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    For students entering in 2023-24
Psychology (B.A.) Suggested 4-year Plan

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» Psychology (B.A.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 46 major-specific credits to earn a B.A. in Psychology.
  • Transfer students and those looking to add B.A. in Psychology as a second major should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, please contact psychology@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

Year 1

Fall Semester (3 credits for major)

Spring Semester (3 credits for major)




Year 2

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

* The course can come from Groups 1-4 of the Psychological Processes courses on the Psychology Catalog page. We recommend that a course from Group 5 of the Psychological Processes course options is taken in Year 3.

 



Year 3

Year 3 Notes

  • In your junior year, you will take the following over the fall and spring semesters:
  • A sample schedule for your junior year is below, but classes can be taken in any order.

Fall Semester (9 credits for major)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • Choose either:
    • Two psychological processes courses (3 credits for each course; 6 credits total)
    • One psychological processes course and one applied course (3 credits for each course; 6 credits total)
  • In addition, we highly recommend taking one of the following:

** The course can come from Groups 1-4 of the Psychological Processes courses on the Psychology Catalog page. We recommend that a course from Group 5 of the Psychological Processes course options is taken in Year 3.

*** Choose a course from the list of Applied Psychology courses on the Psychology Catalog page.

 


 

Year 4

Year 4 Notes

Fall Semester (3 credits for major)

  • Based on your choice of Senior Capstone, take one of the following (each course is 3 credits):
    • Option 1: Take PSY 496
    • Option 2: Take PSY 497a
    • Option 3: Take an additional applied psychology course or PSY 498

Spring Semester (3 credits for major)

  • Based on your choice of Senior Capstone, take one of the following (each course is 3 credits):
    • Option 1: Take PSY 496
    • Option 2: Take PSY 497b
    • Option 3: Take an additional applied psychology course or PSY 498 (whichever class you did not take in fall)
  • In addition, take any remaining Psychological Process or Applied Course requirement(s).