Coursework

Coursework is tailored around individual student needs. You will work with a faculty advisor to determine which courses to take based on your background and career/academic goals.  There are a wide variety of courses to choose from each year, including courses in research methods/statistics, social/personality psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, clinical/counseling psychology, and psychology & the law, which will provide you with a broad understanding of the field of psychology.

A total of 32 units - typically taken in the form of eight, 4-unit courses - is required to complete the program; most students take two or three 4-unit courses per quarter (including lab and/or internship courses for hands-on experience).  In order to earn the certificate, students must earn a grade of at least a C in each course they take, they must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.0 each quarter they are enrolled in the program, and they must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 upon completion of the program.

Below are some SAMPLE course combinations; each student's schedule will be customized to meet each individual student's background and goals.

 

Background: Non-Psychology B.A./B.S.

Background:  Psychology B.A./B.S.

Goal:

Clinical/Counseling without Research (e.g., MSW, MFT, PsyD, clinical/counseling-oriented career development)

  • P9: Introduction to Psychology (4 units)
  • SE10: Research Design (4 units)
  • P102C: Abnormal Psychology (4 units)
  • P154C: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (4 units)
  • Two upper-div PSB courses (4 units)
  • Two SE195: Field Study courses (4 units) OR One SE195: Field Study course (4 units) + One upper-div PSB course (4 units)
  • P154C: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (4 units)
  • P139H: Clinical Sport Psychology (4 units)
  • P118D: Human Sexuality (4 units)
  • P153C: Developmental Psychopathology (4 units)
  • P160C: Clinical Neuroscience (4 units)
  • One upper-div PSB course (4 units)
  • Two SE195: Field Study courses (4 units each) OR One SE195: Field Study course (4 units) + One upper-div PSB course (4 units)

Goal:

Clinical/Counseling with Research (e.g., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, clinical/counseling and research-oriented career development)

  • P9: Introduction to Psychology (4 units)
  • SE10: Research Design (4 units)
  • SE13: Statistics (4 units)
  • SE111 Advanced Research Methods (4 units) OR SE190: Applied Statistics in Psychological Research (4 units)
  • P102C: Abnormal Psychology (4 units)
  • Three SE199: Special Studies (directed research) courses (4 units each) OR 1 SE195: Field Study courses (4 units) + 2 Special Studies (directed research) courses (4 units each)
  • SE111: Advanced Research Methods (4 units)
  • SE190: Applied Statistics in Psychological Research (4 units)
  • P154C: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (4 units)
  • One upper-div PSB course (4 units)
  • One SE195: Field Study course (4 units) OR additional upper-div PSB course (4 units)
  • Three SE199: Special Studies (directed research) courses (4 units each)

 

Goal:

Non-Clinical with Research (e.g., Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, research-oriented career development)

  • P9: Introduction to Psychology (4 units)
  • SE10: Research Design (4 units)
  • SE13: Statistics (4 units)
  • SE111: Advanced Research Methods (4 units) OR SE190: Applied Statistics in Psychological Research (4 units)
  • P101D: Lifespan Development (4 units) OR P103H: Health Psych (4 units) OR P104S: Social Animal: An Introduction to Social Psychology (4 units)
  • Three SE199: Special Studies (directed research) courses (4 units each)
  • SE111: Advanced Research Methods (4 units)
  • SE190: Applied Statistics in Psychological Research (4 units)
  • P101D: Lifespan Development (4 units) OR P103H: Health Psych (4 units) OR P104S: Social Animal: An Introduction to Social Psychology (4 units)
  • Two upper-division PSB courses (4 units each)
  • Three SE199: Special Studies (directed research) courses (4 units each)

 

Upper division, 4-unit courses may include:  P102C: Abnormal Psychology, P100: Addiction, P112D: Adolescent Development, P113D: Adult Development, SE111: Advanced Research Methods, SE190: Applied Statistics, P100:  Attachment Relationships, P136H: Behavioral Medicine, P111D: Child Development, P141H: Clinical Health Psychology, P160C: Clinical Neuroscience, P150C: Clinical Psychology, P139H: Clinical Sport Psychology, P154C: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, P115D: Cognitive Development, P179S: Cultural Psychology, P116D: Development in a Cross-Cultural Perspective, P153C: Developmental Psychopathology, P171S: Environmental Psychology, P100: Evolutionary Psychology, P193: Eyewitness Testimony, P156C: Forensic Psychology - Advanced Seminar, SE195: Field Study, P103H: Health Psychology, P118D: Human Sexuality, P137H: Human Stress, P110D: Infant Development, P262: Interpersonal Processes and Health, P101D: Lifespan Developmental Psychology, SE194W: Naturalistic Field Research, P170S: Personality, P162C: Psychodynamic Studies, P100: Psychology of Inequality, P104S: Social Animal: An Introduction to Social Psychology, P173S: Social Relationships, P100: Trauma, and P178S: Violence in Society.

 

How to Enroll

Once you have been accepted into the program and have met with the faculty advisor, you may enroll through UCI Division of Continuing Education (http://ce.uci.edu/) during the academic year and pay fees as an ACCESSstudent, currently $1201 per course**. http://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/forms/access_uci.pdf

During the summer, you may choose to take courses by registering through Summer Session and pay according to the visitor fee scale, which is currently $342 per unit**.

**Note: tuition/fees are subject to change on an annual basis

 

Research and Internship Opportunities

Many students consider the hands-on experience they gain to be one of the most valuable parts of our certificate program.  Depending on your personal goals, you may choose to work in a research lab (collaborating with faculty and graduate students on current research projects) and/or you may choose to work on-site at one of our many partners in the Field Study Internship program (http://fieldstudy.soceco.uci.edu/).  Internship locations include mental health clinics/counseling centers, non-profit agencies, and schools.