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Psychology
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Undergraduate Overview

Dave Whitney, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology
dave.whitney@csulb.edu

Psychology is the science of behavior. It seeks to understand the causes of behavior in individuals in terms of biological, environmental, social, and cultural variables. The Department has wide and varied course offerings and is housed in a building with specially-designed facilities, including computer rooms and laboratories in physiological, human factors, social, clinical, and other areas of psychology.

The Bachelor’s degree in Psychology provides solid preparation for students who aim to: seek further study of psychology in graduate programs; pursue a career in any field that deals with people, such as guidance counseling, human resources, nursing, social work, and teaching; or seek an understanding of behavioral principles while pursuing a well rounded education.

The CSULB Department of Psychology enjoys an outstanding reputation throughout the nation. The faculty is composed of more than 60 full-time and part-time members who provide a climate of diversity. Our Psychology Dept. has no single dominant orientation, but has a balance of views and interests.

The members of the department are committed to excellence in teaching. They are also active in research and professional and community service.