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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Psychology

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Psychology

Option in Human Factors

Prerequisites

1. An undergraduate major in Psychology or in another field with 24 units of upper division psychology. A minimum grade point average of approximately 3.0 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) and for all PSY units.

2. Take all the following courses or their equivalents:

  • PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics (4)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, 210, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing.
  • PSY 331 Sensation and Perception (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, 220, 241, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing.
  • PSY 332 Human Cognition (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, 220, 241, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing.

Students lacking only PSY 310 may be admitted to the program but must complete the course their first semester in attendance.

Advancement to Candidacy

Satisfy the general requirements of the university for advancement to candidacy.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 36 units of upper division and graduate work including the following:

  • PSY 511 Statistical Design & Analysis of Experiments (3)
    Prerequisite: PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
  • PSY 518 Computer Applications in Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 310 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
  • PSY 527 Human Factors (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 310 and two of the following: PSY 331, 332 or 333.
  • PSY 627 Human Factors' Methods (3)
    Prerequisite: PSY 527 or consent of instructor.
  • PSY 633 Seminar in Perception and Attention (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 331 or 332 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
  • PSY 635 Seminar on Situation Awareness (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 331 or 332 or consent of instructor or/and consent of graduate advisor.
  • PSY 698 Thesis (1-6)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, consent of graduate advisor. MSIO students: PSY 681 as prerequisite or corequisite.
  • MAE 508 Systems Engineering and Integration (3)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
  • CECS 448 User Interface Design (3)
    Prerequisite: CECS 343 or consent of instructor.

Take one of the following:

  • PSY 533 Research in Cognition and Learning (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 220, 310, and 331 or 332 or 333.
  • PSY 634 Seminar in Cognition (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 332 or 333 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.

Take one course from the following:

PSY 512, 544, 696, 697; ENGL 419 or otherwise approved by the program committee.

2. A preliminary oral examination on the thesis proposal and a final oral examination in defense of the completed thesis.

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