B.S. Research and Paper Guidelines

Research Experience Requirement

The research experience courses will be completed through laboratory courses or PSYC 199 courses (Independent Study) totaling 8 units of research credit. Approved combinations are:

  • Two PSYC 199s + Research Paper
  • One Lab Course and One Psyc 199
  • Two Lab Courses

PSYC 199s can be taken for 2 or 4 units; but must total 8 units for the B.S. degree requirement. If two 4-unit PSYC 199 courses are taken to fulfill this requirement, they must be directed by a psychology faculty and culminate in an APA-style research paper approved by the primary advisor. Although it is recommended that a psychology faculty is selected within the chosen area of concentration, it is not required.

Research Paper Guidelines

Research papers must be related to the research interests of the faculty member you are working with. Either a review paper or empirical report is acceptable.

The faculty member you work with will determine the specific requirements for the paper, but all papers must meet the following department minimum requirements:

  1. Papers should include a B.S. research paper cover sheet. An example of the signature page for your advisor to sign is available for download, sample cover page [PDF].
  2. Papers should be double-spaced and have at least 6 pages of text.
  3. Papers should contain at least 5 references, including at least 3 empirical papers. These references need to be in APA format.
  4. Papers should discuss specific methodologies used in the lab or in the research articles cited.
  5. Papers should be written clearly so that a non-expert can follow the logic of what is being presented.
  6. Papers should show evidence of critical thinking about research rather than merely summarizing what has been done.

The research paper has to be filed with the Psychology Undergraduate Student Affairs Office in Mandler Hall Room 1533 by the end of finals week in the quarter in which the student intends to graduate. Failure to do so will delay graduation. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the paper is received before the deadline. Outside reviewers may be asked to read papers before they are accepted.