Frequently Asked Questions for Psychology Majors effective Fall 2018

Please review the information on this page for answers to your questions.  If you have additional questions, please review our Psychology Department FAQ for Undergraduates.


General Major FAQ/Changing Majors FAQ:

Am I eligible to switch into the new majors?

Current students who were registered at UCSD prior to Fall 2018 who have not yet graduated are eligible to, but are not required to, switch into the new majors so long as they enroll in and pass at course at UC San Diego during Fall 2018 or thereafter. 
Students who enroll at UCSD in Fall 2018 or thereafter will automatically be entered into the new requirements.


How do I switch into one of the new psychology majors?

In order to change your major, after you register for at least one class for Fall, send the Psychology Advising Office a VAC message requesting to have your catalog year updated to 2018. 

Can I pick requirements from both the current and new majors?

Students have the option of choosing either the catalog year from their first enrollment at UC San Diego, or the new 2018-19 major requirements.  Whichever set is chosen needs to be completed in full.  By default students will remain bound to the requirements from initial year of UCSD enrollment, unless they opt into the updated majors in which case they will need to fulfill the 2018-19 major requirements. 

Can I apply PSYC 2, COGS 17 or BILD 12 towards the Natural Science requirement?

Yes!  You may apply a maximum of one of PSYC 2, COGS 17, or BILD 12 towards the Natural Science requirement in the psychology majors, effective Fall 2018.  

What if I already took CSE 3? Can I use it toward my updated B.S. major?

CSE 3 no longer satisfies the programming requirement for our B.S. majors in Psychology, including those with specialization, effective Fall 2018.

Both students and faculty provided feedback that CSE 3 did not prepare them well for programming use in research. Therefore, the courses now require should better prepare students for future course work and research experience.

What if I already took MATH 10C? Can I use it toward my updated B.S. major?

PSYC 70: Research Methods in Psychology is now a required Formal Skills course for all Psychology majors, as it is the foundation of psychological research and will prepare students for their research experience.  As such, MATH 10C can no longer be applied towards the Psychology B.S. major requirements, effective Fall 2018. 

MATH 10C is still a requirement for Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience majors.

How were current students notified of this information?

Current psychology major students were sent an email on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from titled: "Updated Psychology Major Requirements as of Fall 2018." If you are a current student, please review the information in this email to learn how and if these major changes will impact you.


Business Psychology FAQ

What are the goals of the Business Psychology major?

The purpose of the major is to engage students in the applied science of Business Psychology. This major is administered by the Psychology Department and includes classes offered by Rady School of Management.  

The objectives of this major include:

  • Providing robust curriculum that gives students the skills to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Aiding in the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Providing extensive statistical training and the application of research techniques to novel business problems.
  • Helping students to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Allowing students to focus their studies on a functional area of greatest interest through elective options.
  • Expanding applied learning opportunities in the study of Business Psychology to widen the possible career paths for Psychology students.

What career options are related to Business Psychology?

Your career options are diverse! Some of the most popular include:
• Human Factors research
• User Interface (UI/UX) design
• Behavioral Economics research
• Statistical Analysis and Research
• Human Resources
• Organizational Consulting
• Business Management/Leadership
• Entrepreneurship
• Government Research
• Marketing/Advertising

Can I earn a Business Psychology B.S. and a Business minor?

Students may not earn a Business Psychology B.S. and a Business minor.  However, it is possible to earn a minor in Accounting or Supply Chain Management through the Rady School of Management and may be possible to earn an Entrepreneurship minor as well.  Please talk to a Rady advisor for more information and to plan out potential courses for an Entrepreneurship minor before declaring one.

Please see the Rady School of Management Undergraduate FAQ for more information.

Can I double major with Business Psychology?

Students may double major with Business Psychology and another major outside the Psychology Department. Students may double major in the Business Psychology major and the International Business major or the Business Psychology major and the Management Science major. Note: Students may only overlap 2 UD courses between two majors. 

Students may not double major with Business Psychology and another Psychology major (e.g., Psychology B.A., Psychology B.S., Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology B.S., etc.).