Psychology B.A. (PC25)

Lower-Division Requirements (28 units)

Experimental psychology uses scientific tools and concepts: knowledge of formal systems such as logic or calculus, probability theory, computer science, chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Accordingly, students in upper-division courses must have an adequate background in these topics.

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 (choose any three)

  • BILD: 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 24, 26 (BILD 12 & 22 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

2 Formal Skills Courses (choose any two)

  • PSYC: 70* (preferred)
  • MATH: 10A or 20A, 10B or 20B, 10C or 20C
  • PHIL: 10, 12

* By petition department will accept COGS 14A or SOCI 60

* Students who are interested in fields that may require calculus are advised to take the MATH 10 series to fulfill their formal skills requirement

1 Computer Programming Course (choose one)

  • 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

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

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

Upper-Division Requirements (48 units)

4 PSYC Core Courses (choose any four)

  • PSYC: 100 (formerly PSYC 163), 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108

8 Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose any eight)

  • PSYC: 100 – 193

Upper-Division Major Regulations:

  • All upper-division courses numbered 100-193 must be taken for a letter grade; courses taken Pass/No Pass cannot be used to satisfy the upper-division major requirement.
  • Psychology 195 (Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice) can be credited once by petition.
  • AIP 197 (Academic Internship Program) can be credited once if pre-approved by the department.
  • Excluded from credit towards the major are graduate seminars (2XX).
  • A maximum of three upper-division psychology courses may be taken outside of UC San Diego (see Petitions).
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the upper-division major courses is required for graduation.

UC San Diego Psychology Bachelor of Arts Four Year Plan Effective Fall 2015