Psychology B.S. with a Specialization in Human Health (PC31)

Health psychology focuses on understanding how psychological, biological, and environmental factors interact to jointly influence human health. Topics include addiction, impulsive behavior, and issues related to cognitive control.

Lower-Division Requirements (32 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

3 Formal Skills Courses

  • MATH: 10A or 20A
  • MATH: 10B or 20B
  • PSYC: 70*

* By petition department will accept COGS 14A, MATH 10C, MATH 20C, or SOCI 60

* Students who are interested in fields that may require calculus are advised to take the MATH 20 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 (56 units)

3 PSYC Core Courses in Specialization

  • PSYC 100 (formerly PSYC 163), 101, 104

1 Additional PSYC Core Course (choose one)

  • PSYC: 102, 105, 106, 108

2 Research Courses (labs or 199s)

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

3 Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose any three)

  • PSYC: 123, 124, 130, 132, 133, 134, 154, 155, 168, 169, 171, 172, 179, 181, 184, 188, 191

5 Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose any five)

  • PSYC: 100 – 193

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 specialization, it is not required.

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 Science with a Specialization in Human Health Four Year Plan Effective Fall 2015