Psychological Health and Well-being Minor | Advising Handbook

A minor in Psychological Health and Well-being provides students with a well-grounded and interdisciplinary approach to the science, processes, and practices associated with promoting psychological health and well-being in individuals and communities. The minor in psychological health and well-being is intended to enhance the curriculum for students who intend to pursue careers in the social, health, and/or mental health services and/or graduate study in the health professions, social work, or counseling and/or clinical psychology.

Requirements in Minor

Students are encouraged to enroll in relevant coursework prior to declaring. Students interested in pursuing the minor must have declared a major inside or outside of psychology, completed at least 48 credits, and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. All approved minor courses taken prior to declaration will be transferred towards the minor after the declaration. Courses are offered on a space-available basis and approval into the minor does not guarantee enrollment or completion. Student interested in declaring this minor should consult with Dr. Dawn Salgado to serve as their minor advisor. This minor consists of 20 credits and coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Psychology Coursework (12 credits):

  • PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (SSHB) (4)

Choose One (4):

  • PSY 202 Health Psychology (IDP) (4)
  • PSY /DS 211 Abnormal Psychology (4)

Choose One (4):

  • PSY 310 Community Psychology (4)
  • PSY 356 Psychology of Well-being (4)
  • PSY 357 Psychology of Mindfulness (4)
  • PSY 383 Advanced Topics-Psychological Health & Well-being (4)
  • PSY 411 Applied Psychology Practicum (4)
  • PSY 483 Capstone-Psychological of Health & Well-being (4)

Elective Courses (8 credits outside of PSY, 4 from upper division):

  • CIV/GSS 255 Peer Health Education (CE)
  • CIV 233 Healthy Communities (CE; 2 credits)
  • ENV/PSY 313 Psychology of Sustainability (SUS)
  • KINES 241 Mental Skills Training (2 credits)
  • PH/ANTH/GSS 311 Medicine, Body, and Culture (IDP/SSHB)
  • PH 330 Promoting Community Health (4)
  • PHIL/ DS 307 Ethics, Medicine, & Healthcare (AIT)
  • SOCWK 215 Conflict Resolution (SSHB; 2 credits)
  • SOCWK 300 Micro Social Work Practice (4)
  • SOCWK 301 Macro Social Work Practice (4)
  • SOCWK 325 Counseling & Interviewing Techniques (4)

Annual Class Planning Guide

This planning guide shows the predicted offerings for certain courses in this program. Use the guide to help you think about future terms. For a list of classes currently offered and how they fulfill core requirements, please see BoxerOnline and cross-reference this page as needed. Meet with your advisor and/or reach out to the department if you have questions.

Course offerings may change and capstone courses are scheduled on a rotating basis. The list below presents the frequency of offering for the department based on the categories listed above.

  • Courses offered each Fall and Spring term: PSY 150, PSY 211
  • Courses offered annually in either Fall, Winter, or Spring term: PSY 356, PSY 357
  • Courses offered on rotation: PSY 383, PSY 411, PSY 483

Course Recommendations for 2-Year Plan towards Graduation 

This schedule is recommended for students who are recent transfers from other institutions as well as those students who want to have a double major that includes psychology, or have changed their major to psychology after their sophomore year. Meet with your advisor and/or reach out to the department if you have questions. 


Year 3
(8-16 credits)

Year 4
(12-4 credits)

(12 credits)

Complete PSY 150 (fall)


Complete PSY 202 or PSY 211 (fall or spring)


(UD, 4 credits)

PSY Majors or Non-majors

Complete 1 course: PSY 310, PSY 356, or PSY 357

Capstone Option for PSY Majors:

PSY 411 or PSY 483 

(see schedule)


(8 credits, 4 UD)

Complete 1-2 courses

Complete remaining