General Psychology Major (OLD 2010 Catalog)

General Major Requirements

FIVE Required Courses for the Psychology Major

Courses to complete BEFORE declaring the major:

  • Math Requirement: Courses: AMS 2 or 3, or Math 3 or 4 or 11A or 11B; OR Tests: 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement or a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam
  • Psychology 1: Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics (or AMS 5 or AMS 7)

Courses to complete BEFORE taking upper division elective courses:

  • Psychology 100: Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology 10: Introduction to Developmental Psychology

EIGHT elective upper-division courses are required

Two courses are required in each of the subfields below. One of the eight courses must be a seminar course. One of the eight courses must be a course from outside the Psych Dept. from an approved list.
    • Developmental (courses #101-119)
    • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
    • Social (courses #140-159)
    • Clinical-Personality (courses #160-179)
Note: If students have taken two psychology courses in each of the four subfields, the outside course can be any course on the outside course list.

Independent Studies courses

One Psychology course numbered 193 (Field Study) and 194 (Advanced Research) may be used for completion of the major requirements in a corresponding area of study. For further clarification, please see a psychology undergraduate advisor.

Senior Comprehensive Requirement

All UCSC students must fulfill the UCSC Senior Comprehensive requirement. [more]

Psychology Major Worksheet

The Psychology Major Worksheet (including outside course listing) may be found here.

Psychology Major Sample Academic Plans

Take a look at these sample academic plans - one for those who came to UCSC as Frosh and one for transfer students. 

Sample General Major Frosh Plan

Sample General Major Transfer Plan

Create your own academic plan with this blank form.


LETTER GRADE NOTE: Courses graded C-,  D or F may NOT be used to satisfy major/minor requirements. Also, please refer to the Major and Minor Admission Requirements.