NEW - Psychology B.S. (PC26)

The B.S. in Psychology is designed to provide broad knowledge across sub-disciplines in Psychology.  With an emphasis on statistics and research methods, this major includes a research requirement that can be satisfied through independent research or lab classes. 

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 three of the following)

  • BILD 1, 2, 3, 10, 12**, 20, 26 (BILD 22 is NOT accepted)
  • CHEM 4*, 6A, 6B, 6C, 11*, 12, 13
  • COGS 17**
  • PHYS 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 10, 11
  • PSYC 2**

*Only one of CHEM 4 or 11 can be taken for credit.
**Only one of BILD 12, COGS 17 or PSYC 2 may be counted towards this requirement.

3 Formal Skills Courses

  • MATH 10A or 20A**
  • MATH 10B or 20B**
  • PSYC 70* (MATH 10C and MATH 20C are NOT accepted)

*By petition department will accept COGS 14A (SOCI 60 is NOT accepted).

**Students who are interested in fields that may require advanced calculus are advised to take MATH 20A and MATH 20B towards their formal skills requirement.

1 Computer Programming Course (choose one of the following)

  • CSE: 5A, 7*, 8A, 8B, 11, 12 (CSE 3 is NOT accepted)
  • COGS 18*
  • ECE 15*
  • MAE 5, 8*

* Students who plan to pursue research careers in Psychology or related fields will find these courses critical to their success.

1 Statistics Course (choose one of the following) - Statistics must be taken for a letter grade.

  • PSYC 60 (preferred)
  • BENG 100
  • BIEB 100
  • COGS 14B
  • ECON 120A
  • MATH: 11, 181A, 183, 186
  • MGT 3

Research Requirements (8 units, 2 courses)

2 Research Experience Courses (choose two of the following courses)

  • PSYC 71, 81, 99**, 114, 115A, 115B, 116, 117, 121, 140, 193L, 194ABC*, 199**

*Successful complete of PSYC 194ABC fully satisfies the research requirement.

**If the research experience requirement is fully satisfied by PSYC 99 and/or 199, one of these must culminate in a research paper approved by the faculty advisor and submitted to the Psychology Student Affairs Office no later than Friday of the tenth week of the graduating quarter.

Upper-Division Requirements (48 units)

4 PSYC Core Courses (choose four of the following)

  • PSYC 100, 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108 

8 Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose eight of the following)

  • PSYC 100 – 193

*By petition department will accept one PSYC 195 and/or one AIP 197.

Major Regulations

  • Classes towards the major must be taken for a letter grade. The only exceptions are: natural science, computer programming, formal skills, PSYC 195 (up to 1 by petition), AIP 197 (up to 1 by petition), PSYC 99, PSYC 199.
  • Graduate courses (2XX) are not generally accepted for credit towards the major, but petitions for exceptions will be considered.
  • A maximum of three upper-division courses towards the major 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.