In 1965 the Psychology Department was established with the appointment of George Mandler as founding chair and with the addition of the other two members of the initial Department - William J. McGill and Norman H. Anderson. The view of these founders was that psychology was displayed at its best as an empirical or lab science. Within 5 years the Department had grown to some 18 faculty and was listed as one of the premier experimental psychology departments in the country, a distinction it has maintained according to various surveys. We currently have approximately 1,500 undergraduate psychology majors and 65 graduate students.
Our success is based in part on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary research at UC San Diego, and many faculty maintain collaborative relationships with campus units including Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego's Medical School, Rady School of Management, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Our forward-looking perspective and rich collaborative environment offers a unique opportunity for cutting-edge research that is changing the face of modern psychology.
The Department looks forward to further expansion both in its faculty and in its graduate student population.