Transfer Students

A Guide for Prospective Transfers

You’re strongly encouraged to check out the Admissions Transfer Page and review the admission requirements to plan your college coursework around them and maximize your chances for admission to UC San Diego. Also, check out Admissions Events for applicants and prospective students. See also the announcement for Fall 2017 transfer student applicants.

For the Psychology Major:

  • Plan ahead and complete as many courses as possible to prepare for the lower division portion of the Psychology Major.
  • If you are coming from a California Community College, visit the ASSIST website to find out how your coursework might transfer to UC San Diego.

Please see all major requirements for our degrees and contact the Psychology Advising Office with any questions you may have.

Prospective Transfer Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer in as a Psychology major?

YES. The Psychology major at UC San Diego is not impacted. If you are accepted to UC San Diego, you can be a Psychology major. In order to be accepted for Fall 2017 admission as a Psychology major, you must meet the minimum requirements to do so, but there is no separate application process.

Which courses should I take in preparation for the major?

The Psychology major at UC San Diego does not require any Lower Division General Psychology courses. Instead, we require coursework in Natural Science, Formal Skills, Computer Programming, and Statistics to give you a strong background in the skills you’ll need to understand and perform psychological experiments. Check assist.org for specific classes offered at your college and compare those to the listed major requirements for your chosen major.

Do I need to finish all the Lower Division coursework before transferring?

While it’s recommended that you finish as many of the Lower Division requirements as you can before transfer, it is not a requirement for admission. The Lower Division classes are still required in order for you to graduate, so you will need to complete them at either UC San Diego or at your current college. You will need to complete at least three foundational courses for major preparation in order to be UC Eligible starting in Fall 2017, so we recommend you look at our announcement for Fall 2017 transfer student applicants.

How does IGETC affect my Psychology major requirements?

IGETC certification specifically exempts you from some or all of your Lower Division General Education college and University requirements. It does not have any effect on your Psychology major requirements. If you have completed IGETC but have not finished all of your Lower Division Psychology major requirements, you will still need to do so in order to graduate with a degree in Psychology from UC San Diego.

I heard that UC San Diego has a research focus, but I want to do Counseling in the future. Is UC San Diego still a good choice for me?

While UC San Diego and the UC system in general has a strong research focus, the Psychology major at UC San Diego prepares students for a number of careers and graduate programs, including those in Counseling, Human Resources, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. Keep in mind that Undergraduate education is designed to give students a broader overview of their field, while Graduate education narrows a student’s focus; if you wish to be a Counselor or Therapist, or to have several other related careers, you will need to complete a Graduate degree after you complete your BA or BS.

What Psychology degrees are available to me?

Our department offers eight degrees in Psychology, including general BA and BS degrees and six BS specializations, as well as a joint degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. Any of these degrees are available to you as an incoming transfer student, and you should choose the one that best matches your future career goals and interests.

I have more questions!

Don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have anything else you’d like to discuss. Remember, we don’t directly admit students, so we can’t answer admissions questions, but we’d otherwise be happy to hear from you!