Applied Psychology Minor

Note:  If you are planning on beginning Applied Psychology coursework, you are required to petition to declare the minor beforehand. 


Applied Psychology Minor Worksheet 2017-2018

We are very excited to be able to offer the Applied Psychology Minor. We hope that the information available at this web site will encourage you to consider the numerous academic and career opportunities available among the various applied psychology professions.

First and foremost, the AP minor provides a link to the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) graduate training program, which is accredited by the American Psychology Association. The distinction and excellence that we strive to attain in our graduate program we also strive to bring to the undergraduate program.

Our mission is to provide UCSB undergraduates with high-quality courses that (a) provide an overview of the various research and clinical applications of psychology across community, agency, and school settings; and (b) involve students in the areas of research excellence for which our CCSP department is known (including autism; school violence, school safety, crisis response, and bullying; multicultural counseling; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues).

Our department is ranked among the top 10 in the country in these areas of research and applied practice. Our commitment to you is to make the AP minor an educational option that will make you more aware of mental health and wellness issues and help you to explore research and related career options in applied psychology.

Students who are interested in the Applied Psychology Minor must petition to declare the minor before they begin coursework for the minor. Certain course registration will be restricted to seniors who have already petitioned to declare the minor during Pass I, and juniors who have already petitioned to declare the minors during remaining passes.


(18 Units Required)

Core Courses (Three courses required):
• CNCSP 101 Introduction to Helping Skills: Theory, Research and Practice (4 Units)
• CNCSP 102 Research in Applied Psychology (2 Units)
• CNCSP 110 Intro to Educational & Vocational Guidance (4 units, P/NP)

Elective Courses (Fill remaining units with elective courses):
• CNCSP 111 Identity and Pluralism (4 units)
• CNCSP 112 Positive Psychology (4 units)
• CNCSP 114 Psych of Gender (4 units)
• CNCSP 197*, 199* or 199RA*
• ED 111 Intro to Child and Adolescent Development (4 units)
• ED 125 Schooling in the U.S. [Particularly appropriate for those interested in school counseling/psychology]
• ED 190 Intro to Autism (Pre-req: Psych 1, minimum 3.0 GPA) (4 units)
• ED 199* or 199RA**

*Students may apply only 4 units of CNCSP 197, 199, or 199RA toward the elective requirement. 199/199RA units must be taken for a Letter Grade to be considered.

** Students must complete the ED 199/199RA-specific form to verify the independent study/research is relevant to the minor. There is a maximum of 4 units and must be taken for a Letter Grade to be considered.

If you have concerns about completing your elective units, visit the GGSE Student Affairs Office in the ED Building Room 4100 (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm) for a list of interdepartmental pre-approved elective course substitutions.

Students are encouraged to enroll in classes early and/or to consider completing some courses in Summer Session as space is limited. There is a possibility that you will not be able to complete the courses due to popularity and space availability.


Student Affairs Office
Education 4100 (4th floor lobby)
Hours M-F 9am-noon and 1-4pm. 
Hours may vary, it is recommended to call ahead to confirm availability.

Matt Quirk, Minor Faculty Advisor
Education 2145