Division of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


The BA Psychology curriculum is composed of 141 units of course work which can be completed in four years or eight semesters:

Core Courses (28 units)

The core courses provide a foundation in the psychological concepts, principles, and processes underpinning the different fields of psychology.





Psych 101

General Psychology

The empirical and conceptual foundations of psychology in its main fields. Primarily for students who desire an intensive preparation for the more advanced courses in psychology.

3 units

Psych 108

Filipino Psychology

Introduction to local concepts and an indigenous perspective to the otherwise heavily western orientation of the field of psychology

3 units

Psych 110

Psychological Statistics

Statistical techniques in the design, analysis, and interpretation of psychological studies

5 units

Psych 118

Field Methods in Psychology

The principles and practice of psychological research in natural environments including systematic observation, unobtrusive measures, interviewing, and field experiments

3 units

Psych 162

Psychological Assessment

Theories and methods in the development, evaluation, and utilization of psychological tests and measures

5 units

Psych 195

Practicum in Psychology

Supervised training application of psychological competencies in various work settings

3 units

Psych 199.1

Research in Psychology I

Introduction to the various methods of research in psychology through directed research activities

3 units

Psych 199.2

Research in Psychology II

Conduct of psychology research project; data collection and analysis; research results presentation; writing of psychology research projects

3 units

Major Courses (50 units)

The major courses cover the different fields of psychology.





Psych 109

Cultural Psychology

Overview of theory and research in cultural psychology organized around the areas of development and socialization, identity and social relationships, gender, emotion, morality, and physical and mental health in light of cultural variations

3 units

Psych 115

Experimental Psychology

Principles of experimental inference; experimental design in behavioral research

5 units

Psych 116

Qualitative Methods in Psychology

Introduction to the foundations of qualitative inquiry, and methodological approaches and current trends in qualitative psychological research

3 units

Psych 130

Biological Psychology

Basic concepts and findings in neuroscience with special emphasis on brain-body relationship, brain behavior relationship, and mind-behavior relationship

3 units

Psych 140

Behavior Analysis

Basic behavioral processes in terms of experimental learning theory

3 units

Psych 148

Cognitive Psychology

Information-processing approach to studying perception, attention, memory, language, representation, problem solving, reasoning, judgment, and decision-making

3 units

Psych 150

Theories of Personality

Systematic approaches to the understanding of personality formation and dynamics

3 units

Psych 155

Abnormal Psychology

Introduction to the study of abnormal behavior, historical and contemporary perspectives on abnormality, and the identification and classification of mental disorders

3 units

Psych 170

Developmental Psychology

Introduction to the study of the development of the person across the lifespan, including characteristics and capacities within each period and within each developmental domain

3 units

Psych 180

Social Psychology

Introduction to the study of human behavior and interaction, with emphasis on how social cognition, social perception, and interpersonal relationships influence individual and group behavior

3 units

Psych 181

Introduction to Community Psychology

Introduction to the concepts, theories, and methodologies of Community Psychology

3 units

Psych 182

Group Processes

Theories and methods for comprehending, analyzing, using, and evaluating basic processes in group interaction

3 units

Psych 185

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Integrative approach to understanding behavior in the workplace and application of psychological theory, principles, and methods in industrial-organizational settings

3 units

Psych 187

Health Psychology

Social-psychological processes relevant to all aspects of health and illness across the life span including health promotion and maintenance; prevention and treatment of illness; and etiology and correlates of health, illness and dysfunction

3 units

Psych 190

Environmental Psychology

Introduction to the study of bidirectional interactions and transactions between humans and their surroundings, including natural, built, and social environments

3 units

Psych 191

Disaster and Mental Health

Understanding the impact of disasters on mental health; application of psychological principles in providing support to survivors

3 units

Elective Courses

Students can take as electives 100-level Psychology courses that are not core or major courses, or courses numbered 100 and above in any discipline (Literature, Media Arts, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Biology, Management). The 18 units of electives may be used to earn a minor from among the minor programs offered in UP Tacloban.





Psych 135


Principles of perception in the major sense modalities; methods of investigation

3 units

Psych 142

Applied Psychology

Application of psychological laws and principles to different life activities such as vocation and profession

3 units

Psych 145

Psychology of Language

Introduction to the scientific study of psycholinguistic phenomena

3 units

Psych 163

The Psychological Interview

Introduction to the different interviewing skills and its application

3 units

Psych 171

Child Psychology

Systematic study of behavior of normal children with emphasis on socialization and personality development

3 units

Psych 183

Psychology of Interpersonal and Group Communication

Communication as a focal variable permeating social psychological phenomena such as group structure, process, and attitude change

3 units

Psych 188

LGBT Psychology

Examines contemporary theorizing and empirical research in psychological science related to the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples, families, and communities in Filipino and global contexts

3 units

Psych 197

Special Topics in Psychology

The course gives more flexibility to the curriculum since topics of current psychological interest will be examined and discussed in detail

3 units

Other required courses

BA Psychology students must also complete 12 General Education courses, 2 language electives (e.g. Waray 1 and 2), the legislated PI 100 (The Life and Works of Jose Rizal) course, as well as four Physical Education courses and two NSTP courses