B.A. Degree

Lower-Division Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology


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:

Three lower-division, general introductory natural science courses from the listing of the approved UCSD courses below or their transfer equivalent. (The three courses can be distributed in any manner):

Biology: 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 24, or 26 (BILD 12, 22, & COGS 17 are NOT accepted)

Chemistry: 4*, 6A, 6B, 6C, 11*, 12, or 13

          *only one of Chem 4 or 11 can be taken for credit)

Physics: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 10, or 11

  • 3 Formal Skills (Calculus and/or Logic) courses:

Three quarters of university level mathematics, of which one course must be calculus. The other two courses may consist of any combination of courses in calculus or logic.

Math 10A, 10B, 10C; 20A, 20B, or 20C

Philosophy (Logic) 10 or 12

  • 1 Programming course:

CSE 3, 5A, 7, 8A, 8B, 11, 12

COGS 18 (COGS 3 will not count)

ECE 15

MAE 5, 8, 9, 10

Note: All Courses listed above may be taken Pass/No Pass.

  • 1 Statistics course (must be taken for a letter grade):

Psyc 60 (preferred)

COGS 14B (formerly COGS 14)

SOCI 60 (formerly SOCL 60)

Math 11

Econ 120A

BENG 100

BIEB 100

Math 181 THERE ARE 4 MATH 181 COURSES A,B,C,D (difficult)

Math 183 (regular stats)

Math 186

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

Note: Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of "B" or better is needed to participate in Psychology 111A & B (Advanced Statistics and Research). 

Upper-Division Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology

A minimum of twelve upper-division Psychology courses is required of which five have to be taken from the Core Courses (101 - 106) and seven from the Elective Courses (107-193). A minimum of six upper-division courses have to be taken at UCSD. These upper-division courses have to be taken for a letter grade; courses taken as Pass/No Pass prior to declaring psychology as a major cannot be used to satisfy the major requirement.
Excluded from credit towards the major are Psychology 199 (Special Studies) and graduate seminars (2XX); however, Psychology 195 (Instructional Assistance) can be credited once. A grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the upper-division courses of the major is required for graduation.