Degree Requirements for the Psychology Major

Psychology Major Requirements

Lower Division: The first two years are a time for laying the groundwork for later course work at the upper division level. Besides the four required lower division psychology courses, students are advised to complete most of the General Education requirements during this time.

Course Number Course Name
Psychology 100 (Prerequisite for admission to the major) General Psychology
Psychology 110/210 (Prerequisite for admission to the major) Introductory Statistics
Psychology 220 (Prerequisite for admission to the major) Research Methods
Psychology 241 Psychobiology

Upper Division: The curriculum provides flexibility in course choices at the same time that students will receive breadth and depth in subject matter. Students completing this curriculum should have a well-balanced exposure to the field of psychology.

Take Psychology 301, Psychology as a Discipline and a Profession, which provides information suitable for career and graduate school planning, as well as skills useful to maximize performance in courses. As of Fall 2003, Psy 301 must be completed within a year of declaring the psychology major to maintain major status.

Group I Courses:  Select two courses from the following:
Psychology 331 Sensation and Perception
Psychology 332 Cognition
Psychology 333 Learning
Psychology 336 Emotion
 Psychology 337 Psychology of Happiness
Psychology 340, 341 or 342 Physiology of Behavior, Neuropsychology or Psychopharmacology
Group II Courses:  Select two courses from the following:
Psychology 351 Social Psychology
Psychology 356 Personality
Psychology 361 or 365 Child and Adolescent Development or Adult Development and Aging

Groups I and II are often viewed as the “core” content areas of psychology and it is important for all majors to be exposed to as many of these as possible. Those thinking of graduate study would be well advised to elect more than the minimum number of courses in these categories.

Group III courses: Select two courses from the following three groups (must be from two different groups):
Group A:
Psychology 354 Psychology of Women
Psychology 362 Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychology 363 Developmental Psychopathology
Psychology 368 Asian American Personality & Mental Health
Psychology 370 Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 383 Women, Family and Work Issues
Group B:
Psychology 310 Intermediate Statistics
Psychology 314 Psychological Assessment
Psychology 315 Psychological Testing
Psychology 359 Self-Observation and Self-Development
Group C:
Psychology 327I Introduction to Human Factors
Psychology 346I Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology 373 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Psychology 375I Community Psychology
Psychology 378 Health Psychology
Psychology 381 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psy of Work Behavior)

The courses in Group III involve populations studied (Group A), methods of study (Group B), and professional fields of Psychology (Group C). Students exploring which populations interest them or which subfield to pursue for a career are encouraged to select courses from Groups A and C respectively.


Select two (only 3 units from Psy 405, 406A, 406B) NO UNITS FROM PSY 499.

400-level course only for Majors who have completed Psy 301.


Select two upper-division (300 level and above) Psychology courses not already used to satisfy the requirements above.


Two upper-division courses in the social and behavioral science departments of College of Liberal Arts (CLA) including one with an emphasis on contemporary US ethnic studies.

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