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First Year Students

Triton Talks (April 14, 2020)

  • Welcome to the Psychology Department!
    • the Psychology Advising Team


Virtual Triton Day (April 4, 2020)

  • 10:00 am - Introduction to Psychology Research at UC San Diego
    • Dr. Vic Ferreira, Psychology Professor
  • Steps to Success as a Psychology Student at UC San Diego
    • the Psychology Advising Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to more questions at Answer My Questions!

I'm not sure what major I want to pursue; am I stuck with my current one or can I switch?

Majors within the Psychology Department are not capped or impacted.  You may switch between them at any time, and there is no limit to the number of times you can change your major. You are not "locked in" to the major you chose at admission and we want you to find the major that best suits you!

To explore our majors, take our Major Match Quiz to go to the Majors section of our website.

Will I be taking Psychology classes right away?

All of our majors are built on a foundation of Natural Science, Statistics, Research Methods, Computer Programming, and Math or Logic coursework.  We do not require an Introductory Psychology course (although students in our majors may certainly take one), so most first year students will not be taking a class in our department yet. 

You may wish to take PSYC 2: Biological Psychology as one of your Natural Science classes.

Can I really graduate in four years?

YES!  We want you to be prepared to meet your educational goals, and we think graduating in four years is absolutely doable.  Of course, staying on track means understanding and keeping in mind all your requirements (for major and GE, as well as optional things like minors, double majors, pre-med prerequisites, and general interest).  But between our Fall Orientation sessions, the resources on our website, our group advising sessions, and individual appointments with our advising team, we think you'll be starting off your education on the right foot.