Psychology B.S.


Bachelor of Science

Lower-Division Requirements (32 units):

In general, the lower-division courses required for the B.S. degree in Psychology overlap with the B.A. degree. However, to fulfill the formal skills, we require the Mathematics sequence 20A, 20B, 20C. Lower-division courses for the major should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. These requirements will guarantee an adequate background for the topics of the upper division psychology courses.

3 Natural Science Courses (any 3 of the following):

  • BILD: 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 24, 26 (BILD 12, 22, & COGS 17 are NOT accepted)
  • CHEM: 4*, 6A, 6B, 6C, 11*, 12, 13
  • PHYS: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 10, 11

* Only one of CHEM 4 or 11 can be taken for credit

3 Formal Skills

  • MATH: 20A, 20B, 20C

1 Computer Programming Course (choose one)

  • COGS: 18* (COGS 3 is NOT accepted)
  • CSE: 3, 5A, 7*, 8A, 8B, 11, 12
  • ECE: 15*
  • MAE: 5, 8*, 9, 10

* Preferred computer programming course for students; students who plan to pursue research careers in Psychology will find these preferred courses critical to their success

1 Statistics Course (choose one)

  • PSYC: 60 (preferred)
  • BENG: 100
  • BIEB: 100
  • COGS: 14B (formerly COGS 14)
  • ECON: 120A
  • MATH: 11, 181*, 183, 186
  • SOCI: 60 (this course will no longer be accepted after SP15)

*There are 4 MATH 181 courses A,B,C,D (difficult)

Note: Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. All other lower division may be taken Pass/No Pass.

Upper-Division Requirements (56 units):

5 PSYC Core Courses (any 5 of the following):

  • PSYC: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

2 Research Courses (labs or 199s)

  • PSYC: 107, 114, 115A, 115B, 116, 117, 121, 140, 199

7 Additional Upper Division PSYC Courses (any 7 of the following):

  • PSYC: 107 – 193

Note: 3 of the 7 Psychology Electives must be from an Area of Concentration:

Areas of concentration and their associated courses are subject to change -- for additional qualifying courses see the department’s Student Affairs Office, 1533 Mandler Hall, or message the Psychology Department through the VAC. Majors must have departmental approval for electives taken outside the department. We recommend consulting the department before enrolling in courses offered by other departments.

Research Experience Requirement

The research experience courses will be completed through laboratory courses or Psychology 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

Psychology 199s can be taken for 2 or 4 units; but must total 8 units for the B.S. degree requirement. If two 4-unit Psychology 199 courses are taken to fulfill this requirement, they must be directed by a psychology faculty and culminate in a 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.

Major Regulations:

  • All upper-division courses have to be taken for a letter grade; courses taken Pass/No Pass cannot be used to satisfy the major requirement.
  • Excluded from credit towards the major are graduate seminars (2XX).
  • Psychology 195 (Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice) can be credited once.
  • AIP 197 (Academic Internship Program) can be credited once if pre-approved by the department.
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the upper-division courses of the major is required for graduation.