Major Requirements

The psychology major consists of a minimum of 41 units. Nine of these units are lower division courses and the remaining 32 units must be upper division. To be counted toward the major, each course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Check the University Catalog Opens in new window for prerequisite requirements. Almost all courses below have prerequisites.

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology (3 units)
PSYC 201 Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (3 units)
PSYC 202 Research Methods in Psychology (3 units)

Upper Division Requirements (32 units)

PSYC 300 Intermediate Research Methods and Statistics (3 units)

Two of the following experimental psychology lecture courses (6 units):
PSYC 302 Learning and Memory
PSYC 303 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 304 Comparative Animal Behavior
PSYC 305 Cognitive Psychology (Information Processing)
PSYC 306 Biopsychology

One of the experimental psychology laboratory courses (you must be concurrently enrolled in corresponding lecture course or have taken the lecture course previously) (2 units)
PSYC 302L Lab in Learning and Memory
PSYC 303L Lab in Sensation and Perception
PSYC 304L Lab in Comparative Animal Behavior
PSYC 305L Lab in Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 306L Lab in Biopsychology

Two of the following courses (6 units):
PSYC 331 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 341 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 351 Social Psychology
PSYC 361 Developmental Psychology

One of the following courses (3 units):
PSYC 311 Educational Psychology
PSYC 317 Legal Psychology
PSYC 362 Psychology of Aging
PSYC 391 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Both of the following senior-level courses (6 units):
PSYC 461 Psychological Testing (3 units) (Not required for students catalog year Fall 2013 and later, see below)
PSYC 495 Field Placement in Psychology (3 units)

Electives (6 units):
3 of 6 units must be a 400-level class, upper-division psychology.

Electives for Students Catalog Year Fall 2013 and Later (9 units):
Two 300- or 400-level electives in Psychology
One 400-level elective, excluding PSYC 495 and 496

TOTAL: 41 units

For more information, consult the undergraduate handbook and see a psychology advisor. Because some courses may be required for different types of graduate programs or professional certificates, it is a good idea to seek advice on choosing the best experimental courses and electives for you. Early advisement is especially important if you are planning on becoming a K-12 teacher.