Center for Performance Psychology




Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Castillo * (760) 268-1584 * scastillo@nu.edu

The Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology program offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary discipline of sport psychology. Graduates of this program are well prepared to seek employment in entry-level coaching positions and admission to graduate psychology programs at the master’s or doctoral level.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss current trends in psychological research in both individual and team contexts within sport psychology.
  • Analyze how psychological factors influence performance in sport, and techniques to increase performance and reduce anxiety.
  • Examine the history of sport psychology and its role in contemporary psychological theories and systems.
  • Discuss the influences of diversity and multiculturalism on group interactions and performance.
  • Apply psychological theory to coaching situations.
  • Communicate orally and in writing using proper sport and psychology terminology.
  • Discuss the legal and ethical issues in sport psychology and performance enhancement.
  • Discuss the physiological and motoric principles of performance in sport and physical activity.

Degree Requirements
To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
MTH 210 * Probability and Statistics
   Prerequisite: Accuplacer test placement evaluation, or MTH 12A and MTH 12B
PSY 100 * Introduction to Psychology

* May be used to meet a General Education requirement

Requirements for the Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)
PSY 302 Foundation of Sport Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, and ENG 101 , PSY 100
PSY 448 History of Sport & Sport Psych
   Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 302
PSY 300 Social Psychology of Sport
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 , PSY 100
HUB 441 Research Design and Analysis
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 , MTH 210 , and PSY 100
PSY 303 Motor Learning
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, and ENG 101 , PSY 100
PSY 440 Sport Psychology for Coaches
   Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 302
PSY 443 Culture and Sport Psychology
   Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 302
BIO 385 Biomechanics of Sport
  Prerequisite: BIO 100, and BIO 100A
BIO 386 Exercise Physiology
  Prerequisite: BIO 100, and BIO 100A

All students in the BA Sport Psychology are required to chose an emphasis and complete all courses specified in the emphasis as part of the Requirements for the Major. Each Emphasis requires a Senior Project.

Emphasis in Applied Sport Psychology (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

Designed for students wishing to prepare for entry into professional coaching, this specialization focuses upon the application of psychological principles to athletics. The specialization includes a senior project and practicum designed to give students practical experiences in the field of applied sport psychology.

PSY 340A Counseling Techniques I
   Prerequisite: ENG 100 , ENG 101 , and PSY 100
PSY 445 Applied Sport Psychology
   Prerequisite: PSY 100 , PSY 302
PSY 442 Sem Applied Sport Psychology
   Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of 9 courses in the major
PSY 485 Sport Psychology Sr. Project
   Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of ALL Major requirements

Emphasis in Professional Golf Management (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
This emphasis is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of professional golf management and coaching. These courses are designed to include practical experiences in coaching, instruction, and player development as well as introduce students to contemporary issues in golf management.

PGM 444 Instruction/Player Develop.
   Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of 8 core courses
PGM 447 Prof. Golf Management Seminar
   Prerequisite: PGM 444
PGM 445 Player Development II Seminar
   Prerequisite: PGM 447
PGM 448 Senior Project in PGM
   Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of ALL Major requirements

Upper Division Electives (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Choose four upper division electives from available offerings within the College of Letters Sciences. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students in the Applied Sport Psychology track select AT LEAST 2 of their required electives from the following 7 courses:

PSY 427 Biological Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 428 Developmental Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 429 Intro to Personality Theory
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 430 Intro to Psychopathology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 432 Social Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 433 Cognitive Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100
PSY 446 Positive Psychology
   Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, and PSY 100


Center for Performance Psychology is an affiliate of the National University System.