In general, every effort is made to schedule classes at times that do not conflict with other student responsibilities. Whenever possible, courses required of students in the first two years and taught at SDSU are scheduled to meet on Tuesday and/or Thursday. There is one exception during the second year, when all students complete their practicum experience in the SDSU Psychology Clinic. During that year, practicum supervision is done simultaneously for all supervisors and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays; Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. are reserved for required didactics and clinic case conferences.

Students also take two courses with the medical students, Mind, Brain, and Behavior 1 (MBB1, CLIN 227A) taken in the second year, and Mind, Brain, and Behavior 2 (MBB2, and CLIN 227B) taken in the third year. Both courses are taught Monday through Friday from 8 to noon for five consecutive weeks. MBB1 (which focuses on normal development, physiology, and behavior) is typically taught in February-March, while MBB2 (which focuses on abnormal development, physiology, and behavior) typically begins the first Wednesday after New Year’s. Second year students taking MBB1 may require an adjustment to supervision and/didactics for these five weeks. For third year students, this may require an adjustment to their practicum schedule for the five weeks of MBB2.

Other than the two Mind Brain and Behavior courses (each of which meets  for half a day, five days a week for five weeks) and the required second year practicum supervision (which is Wednesdays from 9 to 2), required courses in the first and second years have been designed and scheduled to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at SDSU. If course electives are scheduled or practicum placements requested, and these have required meetings on days other than the agreed-upon days for each university, students must keep in mind that core coursework has priority.  It is not acceptable to request a practicum placement or register for an elective that meets on core course days when core course work has not been completed.

The following provides an overall perspective on the curriculum for each of the four years. Please remember that SDSU is on the semester system and UC San Diego on the quarter system. That means you must remember to register for courses 5 times each year. Although we will endeavor to remind you prior to the end of each registration period, it is ultimately your responsibility to remember to register. Fees that are assessed for failure to register on time, regardless of whether we reminded you or not, will all be paid by the student. A separate suggested curriculum for students pursuing the M.P.H. degree can be found in the section on the concurrent M.P.H. degree

First Year
SDSU
UC San Diego
FALL
PSY 770A Experimental Design (3 units)
PSY 850 Clinical Interventions II (3 units)
PSY 856 Assessment II (4 units)
FALL CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
WINTER
CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
SPRING PSY 770B Experimental Design (3 units)
PSY 849 Clinical Interventions I (4 units)
PSY 855 Assessment I (4 units)
SPRING CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
Year 1 Program Milestones
Begin second year project
Second Year
SDSU
UC San Diego
FALL
PSY 801 History & Ethics (3 units)
PSY 820 Cultural Psychology (3 units)
PSY 875 Multivariate Statistics (3 units)
PSY 896 Clinical Practicum (3 units)
FALL CLIN 296 Independent Study (Variable, to make a total of 6 units)
Cognitive Psychology requirement should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year
WINTER

CLIN 227A Mind, Brain, and Behavior I (6 units)

CLIN 227B Mind, Brain, and Behavior II (6 units)*

*This only applies to the current 2nd year class for Winter 2017

SPRING PSY 840 Personality & Social (3 units)
PSY 896 Clinical Practicum (3 units)
PSY 897 Doctoral Research (3 units)
SPRING CLIN 296 Independent Study (Variable, to make a total of 6 units)
Cognitive Psychology requirement should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year
Year 2 Program Milestones
Complete second year project
Obtain M.S. in Clinical Psychology
Third Year
SDSU
UC San Diego
FALL
PSY 896 Clinical Practicum§ (3 units)
PSY 897 Doctoral Research (3 units)
PSY 852 (EP students) (3 units) OR
PSY 843 (BMed students) (3 units)
FALL CLIN 296 Independent Study (Variable, to make a total of 6 units)
Cognitive Psychology requirement should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year
CLIN 294A Neuropsychology Proseminar (NP students)
WINTER
CLIN 227B Mind, Brain, and Behavior II (6 units)
Cognitive Psychology requirement should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year
CLIN 294B Neuropsychology Proseminar (NP students)
SPRING PSY 896 Clinical Practicum (3 units)
PSY 897 Doctoral Research (3 units)
PSY 833 (EP students) (3 units) OR
PSY 842 (BMed students) (3 units)
SPRING CLIN 296 Independent Study (Variable, to make a total of 6 units)
Cognitive Psychology requirement should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year
CLIN 294C Neuropsychology Proseminar (NP students)
Year 3 Program Milestones
Complete clinical comprehensive exam
Complete major area of study comprehensive exam
Propose dissertation
Fourth Year
SDSU
UC San Diego
FALL
PSY 896 Clinical Practicum (3 units)
PSY 897 Doctoral Research (3 units) OR
PSY 899 Dissertation (3 units)
FALL CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
WINTER
CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
SPRING PSY 896 Clinical Practicum (3 units)
PSY 897 Doctoral Research (3units) OR
PSY 899 Dissertation (3 units)
SPRING CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
Year 4 Program Milestones
Advance to candidacy
Complete dissertation
Apply for internship
Fifth Year (and beyond)
SDSU
UC San Diego
FALL
PSY 894 Clinical Internship (3 units)
PSY 899 Dissertation (3 units)
FALL CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
WINTER
CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
SPRING PSY 894 Clinical Internship (3 units)
PSY 899 Dissertation (3 units)
SPRING CLIN 296 Independent Study (6 units)
Year 5 Program Milestones
Complete internship

NOTES:
Students who will be teaching must register for and take Psy 895, Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology. Contact Dr. Malcarne for the suppressed schedule number and to check on the number of units. This is a tuition issue, and is unrelated to the number of supervised hours or the work required.

All second year students’ practicum will be at the SDSU Psychology Clinic. Students should register in the section of their 9-11am supervisor.

§All second year students’ practicum will be at SDSU. After the second year, although a student’s practicum placement may be at UC San Diego, students must register for at least 1.0 unit (although most typically register for 3 units) of PSY 896 under Dr. Taylor at SDSU until the internship year. This is a malpractice coverage issue for the program and the universities. The number of units registered for is a tuition issue and has no bearing on the number of hours required at each placement.

These courses may NOT be offered every year. Students should check with the Program Coordinator in Spring of their second year for the next year’s schedule.

All students on internship must register for classes while they are on internship