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					Welcome to Psychology!


  Department of Psychology
        Orientation



                    Amador Hall
 Some Psychology Department Basics

• Psychology is in the College of Social Sciences and
  Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS)
   – Dr. Charles Gossett, SSIS Dean
   – Dr. Marya Endriga, Chair
       • Amador 353A; (916) 278-6735; mendriga@csus.edu
       • Office hours T, W, Th 1:00-2:40; make appointment in
         department office
• PSYC Dept office located in Room 350; (916) 278-6254
• Office Staff
   – Doni Santinello
   – Naomi Thomas
Meet Your Professors

• Full-Time faculty
  do advising
• Part-Time
  Instructors
• Graduate Student
  Instructors
Meet Your Professors

 • Applied Behavior            • Cognitive
   Analysis                       – JJ Qin, PhD
    – Caio Miguel, PhD            – Emily Wickelgren, PhD
    – Becky Penrod, PhD        • Developmental
 • Biopsych/Neuroscience          – Kelly Cotter, PhD
    – Jeff Calton, PhD            – Nancy Kalish, PhD
 • Clinical                    • Industrial/Organizational
    –   Phillip Akutsu, PhD       – Rachel August, PhD
    –   Lee Berrigan, PhD         – Greg Hurtz, PhD
    –   Rebecca Cameron, PhD      – Oriel Strickland, PhD
    –   Marya Endriga, PhD
Meet Your Professors

• Multicultural               • Part Time Faculty
   – Greg Kim-Ju, PhD            –   Nate Blair, PhD
• Quantitative/Experimental      –   Kim Roberts, PhD
   – Larry Meyers, PhD           –   Richard Brooks, PhD
   – George Parrott, PhD         –   Michal Duveneck, PhD
                                 –   Lisa Tavano-Hall
• Social
                                 –   Emilie Mitchell, PhD
   – Lisa Bohon, PhD
                                 –   Ju Hui Park, PhD
   – Lisa Harrison, PhD
                                 –   John Tamblyn, PhD
                                 –   Victoria Bovard, PhD
                                 –   Melissa Bayne, PhD
                                 –   Liat Sayfan, PhD
             Psychology Website

•The Web is your Friend!!
(http://www.csus.edu/psyc/)
•Department & University
Policies
•Forms & Procedures
•University calendars and
deadlines
•SacCT
•Office Hours
•Research Participation
Major Advising

 •   No formal advising requirement: take initiative!
 •   Take PSYC 4: 1-unit course on the major & careers
 •   Use Major Planning Sheet and Course Catalog
 •   Get an Individual Faculty Advisor and visit regularly
     • Choose advisor based on interest and schedule
     • Ok to meet with different advisors if necessary
     • Advising hours are drop-in; some appointments may be
       available
     • Come prepared with questions, grade reports
     • Ok to talk about careers as well as courses
 • Use the Prospects Peer Mentoring and Advising
   Center (Amador Room 358)
Transfer Issues

 • Know your catalog rights
    (http://www.csus.edu/schedule/fall2010spring2011/generaled.html#kn
       ow)
    – 2009 and earlier: PSYC 1, 5, 8 required lower division
    – 2010 and later: PSYC 2, 4, 8 required lower division
 • Minimum 15 unit in-residence requirement for major
 • Community college courses do not count for upper division
   major requirements
 • Use assist.org for transfer agreements
 • See dept Chair if your college does not have a transfer
   agreement with Sac State
    – Bring course description and syllabus
    – Bring transcripts
 Psychology Major
Course Requirements
    Overview of Psychology
    Major Requirements

• 47-50 units required for the major
• 3 required lower division courses
• 2 upper division courses taken by all majors
• 7 upper division categories offering course
  choices
• 2 upper division electives
 Major Planning Sheet

•Purpose to help you select courses that
  fulfill major requirements
•Download the major planning sheet
(http://www.csus.edu/psyc/undergraduate/documents/MajorPlanNew.pdf)
•Use the Psychology Catalog
     • degree requirements
(http://catalog.csus.edu/current/programs/psyc.html#Major )
     • course descriptions, prerequisites
     (http://catalog.csus.edu/courses/2012-14/psyc/)
• Get assistance from the Prospects center and a faculty
advisor
•Revise as necessary, be flexible, have backup choices
 Psychology Major: Required
 Lower and Upper Division
• Required Lower Division
   – PSYC 2 Introductory Psychology (3 units; C- min. grade)
   – PSYC 4 Navigating Psychology: The Major and Careers (1 unit)
   – PSYC 8 Methods of Psychology (3 units; C- min. grade)
• Required Upper Division
   – PSYC 100 Cross Cultural Psychology
      • 3 units; Prerequisite PSYC 2; Co-requisite PSYC 8
   – PSYC 101 Foundations of Psychological Research
      • 4 units; lecture plus lab
      • Prerequisites: Passing score on ELM; PSYC 2, 4, 8
      • C- min. grade
Upper Division Categories:
Methods (1 course)
 • PSYC 102 Foundations of Psychological Research
    – 4 units lecture plus lab
    – Prereqs 2, 8, 101
 • PSYC 120 Psychological Testing
    – 3 units
    – Prereqs 2, 8, 101
 • PSYC 122 Qualitative Research in Psychology
    – 3 units
    – Prereqs 2, 8, 101
 • PSYC 181 Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    – 4 units lecture plus lab
    – Prereqs 2,171
Biological Processes Category
(1 course)
 • PSYC 111 Intro to Biological Psychology
    – 3 units
    – Prereqs 2, 8; 101 recommended
 • PSYC 115 Intro to Neuroscience
    – 4 units, lecture plus lab
    – Cross listed with Bio 115
 • PSYC 116 Animal Behavior
    – 3 units
    – Prereq 2
 • PSYC 117 Drugs and Behavior
    – 3 units
    – No prereqs
Cognitive and Learning Processes
Category (2 courses)

 • PSYC 103 Perception   • PSYC 110 Cognitive
   – 3 units               Psychology
   – Prereqs 2, 8; 101      – 3 units
     recommended            – Prereqs 2, 8; 101
 • PSYC 104 Learning          recommended
   Theories              • PSYC 171 Applied
   – 3 units               Behavior Analysis
   – Prereqs 2, 8, 101      – 4 units, lecture plus lab
 • PSYC 106 Motivation
   – 3 units
   – Prereqs 2, 8; 101
     recommended
Developmental Processes Category
(1 course)

 • PSYC 148 Child Psychology
    • 3 units
    • Prereq. 2
 • PSYC 149 Psychology of Adolescence
    • 3 units
    • Prereq 2
 • PSYC 150 Psychological Aspects of Aging
    • 3 units
    • Prereq 2
 Individual and Social Processes Category
 (2 courses)
• PSYC 108 Organizational Psychology
   • 3 units
• PSYC 130 Personality Theories
   • 3 units
   • Prereq 2
• PSYC 145 Social Psychology
   • 3 units
   • Prereq 2
• PSYC 168 Abnormal Psychology
   • 3 units
   • Prereq 2
 Human Diversity Category
 (1 course)
• PSYC 135 Psychology of Multicultural Groups
   • 3 units
   • GE Area E
• PSYC 157 Psychology of Women
   • 3 units
   • Prereq 2 or instructor permission
• PSYC 160 Homosexuality
   • 3 units
• PSYC 185 Psychological of Exceptional Children
   • 3 units
   • Prereq 2
 Capstone Category (1 course)

•PSYC 107 Controversial Issues in Psychology
   •3 units
   •Prereqs 8,101
•PSYC 190 History and Systems of Psychology
   •3 units
   •Prerequisite: Senior [90+ units] or graduate status in
   Psychology
•PSYC 194 Cooperative Research
   •1-6 units, minimum 3 needed to fulfill capstone
   requirement
   • 2, 8, 101 recommended
   •Work in faculty lab as research assistant
 Electives
 (2 courses/6 units)
•Any Psychology course numbered 100-199 not already
taken to fulfill another major requirement.
•Some courses are elective only
    •Offerings vary by semester
    •Ex.: 152 (health psych), 137 (Stress Management), 151
    (death & dying)
•A concentration strategy is to take electives within an area of
psychology closest to your interests.
    •Ex. (child clinical): 168 & 148 for categories; 149 & 184
    for electives
Keep in Mind…

 •   Make sure you follow prerequisites, corequisites
 •   Course sequencing, especially 8, 101, 102 (or other)
 •   No formal concentrations at undergrad level
 •   Minor is not required
 •   Double counting major and GE units:
      – Area D1A (3 units): PSYC 2
      – Area E (3 units): 134 (elective),135 (human diversity), 137
        (elective), or 151 (elective).
 • Psych minor
      –   21 units comprised
      –   6 units of lower division (PSYC 2, 8)
      –   12-13 units of upper division classes from 2 categories
      –   1 elective
Beyond the Classroom
Lower Division Research Participation
Requirements
 • Students taking PSYC 2, 4 and/or 8 will complete three hours
   (total) as participants in research
 • Projects conducted in the psychology department by students
   and faculty
 • The research website contains information, forms, research
   study postings and a record of your hours
   (https://research.psyc.csus.edu/Home/index.php).
 • You may write a paper in lieu of research participation (speak to
   your instructor or TA if you choose this option).
 • Don’t wait until the end of the semester to complete your hours.
 • The Research Participation coordinator is Dr. Kelly Cotter
   (cotterk@csus.edu)
Research Assistantships (RAs)

 • Who? Motivated, successful, academically strong students
   with background in research methods who want hands-on
   research experience
 • What? Assist faculty members with literature searches, data
   entry/analysis, research ideas, preparing conference
   submissions. Work as part of lab team.
 • When? Usually upper division; having taken 8, 101; matching
   interests with a faculty member; don’t wait until last semester
 • Where? Usually on-campus labs; may involve work in field;
   some opportunities off-campus (e.g., UCD Med Center)
Research, continued

 • Why? PSYC 194 (3 units) fulfills capstone requirement; grad
   school preparation; builds your CV/Resume; helps decide if you
   like research; helps you get strong letters of recommendation;
   shows personal qualities, e.g., teamwork skills, reliability,
   initiative
 • How?
    – Read about faculty research areas on website under “full time faculty” page
    – Approach faculty member during office hours;
    – ask about, and express interest in, faculty member’s current research;
    –  talk about your own background, experience & interests;
    –  be prepared to discuss your grades, courses taken and other qualifications;
    – inquire about any RA openings; if no openings, get permission to check
      back in later semesters.
    – If accepted, sign up for PSYC 194 (or 199) with Special Problems Petition.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs)

 • TAs assist course instructors with grading, lecture
   preparation, exam preparation, entering grades into
   SacCT, screening videos, leading discussion or exam
   reviews, holding office hours, tutoring students, taking
   attendance, proctoring exams.
 • Good to approach an instructor to TA for a class that you
   did well in, or ask another professor to be a reference for
   you.
 • Make sure that your schedule will allow you to attend
   classes
 • If accepted, sign up for PSYC 195A with a Special
   Problems Petition (counts as an elective if 3 units)
Fieldwork Experiences (Internships)

 • Fieldwork helps you “preview” possible career paths, esp. in
   counseling/clinical, ABA, I/O
 • Fieldwork may lead to job opportunities
 • Fieldwork builds your Experience section of CV/Resume
 • Fieldwork may help you with references or letters of
   recommendation
 • Get placement ideas from Psych Dept website, career center,
   other students. Look in your community.
 • Fieldwork is typically unpaid, volunteer work
 • You can get 195b,c,e,f, or g units (counts as elective if 3+ units)
 • Rule of thumb: 3 hours per week per unit (e.g., 3 units= 9
   hrs/wk)
Honor Societies & Professional
Organizations

 • Join professional organizations now!
    – American Psychological Association (APA; apa.org) and
      Association for Psychological Science (APS;
      psychologicalscience.org)
 • Student Organizations
    – Psi Chi is International Honor Society in Psychology
      (psichi.org); has gpa minimum
    – Psychology Society (no gpa requirement)
    – Student Association of Applied Behavior Analysis (SAABA)
    – Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi
      (http://www.csus.edu/pkp/Membership.htm) are general
      honors societies with Sac State chapters
Avoiding Plagiarism and Other Types of
Academic Dishonesty

 • Give credit (citation) when using anyone else’s ideas.
 • Express others’ ideas in your own words, paraphrase
   appropriately and give credit.
 • Use quotations correctly.
 • Know University policy on academic dishonesty
   (http://www.csus.edu/umanual/AcademicHonestyPolicyandProc
   edures.htm).
 • Know APA style for citations and references.
 • “I didn’t know” or “I didn’t mean to” is not acceptable.
Considering Graduate School?

 • Learn about different graduate degrees and
   professional licenses (“alphabet soup”): e.g., PhD,
   PsyD, MA, MFT, LCSW, BCABA
 • Learn about the application process, e.g., GPA,
   GREs, recommendation letters, Essays
 • Get extracurricular experiences as well as a solid
   course foundation
 • Talk to professors and outside professionals
 • Have a “Plan B”
                       Psychology and
                       Related Careers
                                      (Take PSYC 4!)


Sources:
•Kuther, T. (2009). Careers in Psychology. Cengage
•Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. http://www.bls.gov/oco/
•Sternberg, R. (2006). Career Paths in Psychology: Where your degree can take you, 2nd Ed.. American
Psychological Association.
Mental Health Careers

BA Level                         Graduate Level
• Mental Health Assistant        •Marriage Family Therapist (MFT)
• Mental Health Rehabilitation   •Licensed Professional Clinical
  Specialist                     Counselor (LPCC)
• Case Manager                   •Licensed Clinical Social Worker
                                 (LCSW)
• Psychiatric Technician
                                 •Clinical Psychologist
• Residential Counselor
                                 •Counseling Psychologist
• Youth Peer Mentor
                                 •Psychiatrist
• Substance Abuse Counselor
                                 •Neuropsychologist
• Family Specialist/Family
  Service worker                 •Mental Health Administration
                                 •Research/Academic
School/Education Careers

Bachelor’s/Paraprof. Level   Graduate/Certificate Level
• Teacher’s aide/asst.       • Teacher
• Special Education aide     • Special Education
• Early childhood/Head         Teacher
  Start educator             • School Counselor
• Behavior specialist        • School Psychologist
                             • School Social worker
Forensic Psychology Careers

BA Level                     Graduate Level
• Correctional officer       • Forensic Psychologist
• Correctional counselor     • Criminal
• Adult/Juvenile Educator,     Psychologist/offender
  vocational instructor        profiling
• Youth Correctional         • Legal Psychologist
  Counselor                  • Expert Witness
                             • Child Custody Evaluator
                             • Mediator
                             • Trial Consultant
                             • Public Policy/Legislative
Health Psychology Careers

BA Level                    Graduate Level
• Health educator           • Assistant to health
• patient education           psychologist (MA level)
  specialist                • Health psychologist in
• OT and PT assistant         academia (research)
• recreational therapist.   • Health psychologist
                               – Assessment
                               – Treatment
                            • Public health
                               – Policy
                               – Administration
Sport Psychology Careers

BA Level                  Graduate Level
• fitness instructor      • physical education
• recreational worker       teacher
• sport instruction and   • Sport psychologist
  coaching                   –   Research
• sport reporter             –   Private practice
• sport statistician         –   Sports medicine clinics
                             –   consulting
                          • Exercise psychologist
                          • Performance psychologist
Biological Psychology Careers

BA Level                    Graduate Level
• Biotechnician             • Academia (research)
• Clinical lab technician   • Industry research &
• Pharmacy technician         development
• Pharmaceutical            • Neuropsychologist in
  marketing & sales.          clinical practice
                            • Rehabilitation psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Careers
BA Level                            Graduate level
• Human resources                   • Human resources
    – HR assistant                    executive/management
    – Employee relations            • Organizational, management
    – Personnel asst/specialist       consultant
• Recruiter, interviewer            • Executive coach
• Trainer, training assistant       • Usability, product design
• Benefits analyst (asst.)            specialist
• Product design assistant          • Environmental design, urban
                                      or commercial planning
• Administrative assistant/office
  manager                           • Consumer Psychology
• Consumer Psychology
Quantitative/Experimental Careers

 (BA and Graduate Level)
 •   Research analyst
 •   Insurance underwriter
 •   Computer programmer
 •   Computer/technical support
 •   Budget analyst
 •   Operations research analyst
 •   Computer systems analyst
 •   Database administrator, analyst
 •   Actuarial careers
 •   Financial/security/investment analyst
Social Psychology Careers

 (Primarily graduate level)
 • Academia (Research & Teaching)
 • Business and Government
    • Organizational Consultant
    • Marketing Research
    • Systems Design
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Hospitals
    • Social Service Offices (Not Social Work)
Developmental Psychology Careers

BA and MA Level               Doctoral Level
• Day care & Adult day care   • Academia
  Centers                     • Business and Government
• Youth Group Programs           • Assess, evaluate and treat
• Toy Companies                    individuals with
• Parent Education Programs        developmental disabilities
• Hospital and Child Life        • Assisted Living Homes
  Programs                       • Teen Rehabilitation Clinics
• Evaluate Educational           • Psychiatric Clinics and
  Television.                      Hospitals.
• Nursing Home
  administration
Applied Behavior Analysis Career Areas

 Anywhere behavior              National Certifications
   change occurs!                  • BA Level: Board Certified
 • Developmental disabilities        assistant Behavior
 • Chronic, Severe Mental            Analyst (BCaBA)
   Illness                         • MA Level: Board
 • Behavior disorders                Certified Behavior
                                     Analyst (BCBA)
 • Feeding disorders
 • Addictions
 • Diet & Exercise
 • Juvenile corrections
 • Education and Special
   Education
The Psychology BA as a Springboard

 2010 SacBee article published top 10 occupations of
   California psychology majors
    –   Elementary/middle school teacher
    –   Social worker
    –   Secretary
    –   Manager
    –   Human resource specialist
    –   Counselor
    –   Registered nurse
    –   Retail sales clerk
    –   Sales manager
    –   Office manager
Again, Welcome to Psychology at
       Sacramento State!

				
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