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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.

Lower-Division Requirements (40 units)

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)

*The Psychology department will accept COGS 14A as an exception in place of PSYC 70.  Please send a Virtual Advising Center message to have this exception applied to your degree audit; SOCI 60 is NOT accepted.

**Students who are interested in fields that may require 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*
  • CSS 1**
  • ECE 15*
  • MAE 5, 8*

*Students who plan to pursue research careers in Psychology or related fields will find these courses , or CSS 1, critical to their success.

**The Psychology department will accept CSS 1 to satisfy the computer programming requirement.  Please send a Virtual Advising Center message to have this exception applied to your degree audit

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 Experience Courses (choose two of the following courses)

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

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

 **Students who satisfy their research requirement using PSYC 199 and/or MGT 199 courses are required to submit a research paper to the Psychology Student Affairs Office to fully satisfy their BS major requirements.  Please review the B.S. Research Paper Guidelines for more information.

Important Note: All Bachelor of Science majors within the Department of Psychology have a section on their degree audit labeled "BS Research Paper" or "Research Experience" at the bottom of the upper-division major requirements section.  If you are taking MGT 52 and MGT 153, OR PSYC 194ABC, then you do not have to submit an additional research paper.  This section on your degree audit must be manually cleared by one of the Psychology advisors; therefore, even if you are not required to write an additional research paper for your major requirements, this section will not be marked complete until after one of the advisors reviews and approves your Degree and Diploma Application (DDA).

Upper-Division Requirements (44 units)

2 PSYC Core Courses in Business Psychology

  • PSYC 104
  • PSYC 105

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

  • PSYC 100, 101, 102, 106, 108

3-4 Business Management Courses (choose twelve units)

  • Marketing Concentration*: MGT 103, 105, 106, 129**, 154, 162, 164
    • MGT 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 Additional Psychology Elective Courses in Business Psychology

  • 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 after you receive your course grade (at the end of your class) 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 Elective in Psychology (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 elective requirement.  Please send a Virtual Advising Center message to our department to have these courses applied to your degree audit if necessary.

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.