Undergraduate Program

Psychology is the study of human behavior and the psychological, social, and biological processes related to that behavior.

According to the American Psychological Association, Psychology is:

  • A discipline, a major topic of study in colleges and universities.
  • A science, a method of conducting research and understanding behavioral data.
  • A profession, a calling that requires one to apply special knowledge, abilities, and skills to solve human problems.


At UCSC, Psychology majors are exposed to basic achievements in the various subfields of psychology and are introduced to the nature and spirit of scientific inquiry in the field. Students are encouraged to carry out research in specialized laboratories or in the field.

UC Santa Cruz psychology majors take courses in each of the following subfields in their upper-division work: Developmental, Cognitive, Social, and Personality psychology.


Note: Specific questions about our undergraduate program should be directed to psyadv@ucsc.edu