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Business Psychology B.S. (PC35)

The Business Psychology major is designed to train students to apply psychological principles to the workplace and to organizational challenges and opportunities therein.

Major Requirements

  • Courses towards the major must be taken for a letter grade. The only exceptions are natural science, computer programming, formal skills, PSYC 195, AIP 197, PSYC 99, and PSYC 199.
  • A maximum of three upper-division courses towards the major may be taken outside of UC San Diego.
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the upper-division major courses is required for graduation.

Lower-Division (LD) Requirements (40 units)

Lower-division (LD) 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 (UD) 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

  • PSYC 70 (preferred) or COGS 14A 
  • MATH 10A or 20A
  • MATH 10B or 20B

1 Computer Programming Course (choose one of the following)

  • CSE 5A, 6R, 7*, 8A, 8B, 11, 12
  • COGS 18*
  • CSS 1*
  • 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)
  • MGT 3
  • BENG 100
  • BIEB 100
  • COGS 14B
  • ECON 120A
  • MATH 11, 181A, 183, 186

2 Business Fundamentals Courses - Business Fundamentals must be taken for a letter grade.

  • MGT 16
  • MGT 18

Research Requirements (8 units, 2 courses)

2 Research Courses (choose one of the following options - a pair of courses)

  • MGT 52 and MGT 153^
  • 2 PSYC 199s**
  • 2 MGT 199s**
  • 1 PSYC 199 and 1 MGT 199**
  • PSYC 194ABC and thesis^

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

B.S. Research Paper

^Students who use Research Lab courses from the list above, do not have to submit a B.S. Research paper to the Psychology Advising Office.

**Students who satisfy their research requirement using 8 units of PSYC 199s and/or MGT 199s are required to submit a B.S. Research paper to the Psychology Advising Office to fully satisfy their B.S. major requirements. You can learn more about the B.S. Research Paper Guidelines on our website.

B.S. Research Paper section on your Degree Audit: must be manually cleared by a Psychology advisor; therefore, even if you are not required to write a B.S. Research paper, this section will not be marked complete until after one of the advisors reviews and approves your Degree and Diploma Application (DDA).

Upper-Division (UD) Requirements (44 units)

2 Business PSYC Core Courses

  • PSYC 104
  • PSYC 105

2 Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose two of the following)

  • PSYC 100, 101, 102, 106, 108

3-4 Business MGT Management Courses (choose twelve units)

  • Marketing Concentration*: MGT 103, 105, 106, 129**, 154, 162, 164
    • MGT 102, 107, MGT 108R, and MGT 109 can also be used toward the Business Management Course requirement and follow the Marketing Concentration.  Please send a Virtual Advising Center message to have this exception applied to your degree audit
  • STEM Concentration*: MGT 121A, 121B, 127, 128, 129**, 154, 162, 164, 167, 172, 173
  • Operations Concentration*: MGT 117, 129**, 154, 162, 164, 171, 174, 175

*Students are not required to choose a concentration to earn the degree, and may choose any 12 units of the courses listed; concentrations are not listed on a student's degree audit or diploma.**MGT 129: ONLY the topics of interpersonal Communication at Work (all concentrations) and Developing an Entrepreneurial Workforce (STEM concentration only) will be accepted toward the major.

3 Business PSYC Electives (choose three of the following)

  • PSYC 120, 129, 130, 137, 143, 147, 148*, 151*, 152, 153, 154, 157, 158, 161, 162, 173, 176, 178*, 184, 187, 193**

*Students must choose at least one of these courses. 

**PSYC 193: Behavioral Economics is approved to count as a Business Psychology course; to use this class toward your major's requirements, contact the Psychology Department in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) after you receive your course grade (after your final grade post) to make the manual modification to your major. At this time this is the only PSYC 193 class that will count toward the Business Psychology Elective course requirement.

1 Additional PSYC Elective (choose one from the following)

  • PSYC 100 – 193

*Students are allowed to use one PSYC 195 and/or one AIP 197 toward the upper-division (UD) PSYC Elective requirement. Please send a Virtual Advising Center (VAC) message to have these courses applied to your degree audit.

*Graduate courses (2XX) are not generally accepted for credit towards the major, but petitions for exceptions will be considered.