Intensive Psychology Major

The intensive major involves additional coursework and research experience, and is advantageous for students planning to attend a graduate program in any area of psychology. It is available to all psychology majors. Students petition for the intensive major in their junior year.

Intensive Psychology Major 2019 Catalog

  • Incoming first-year students from 2019-on will use the 2019 Catalog.
  • Continuing and transfer students can choose either the 2010 or 2019 Catalog.

Intensive Psychology Major 2010 Catalog

 

The 2019-20 UCSC Catalog can be found here.


Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2019 Catalog

FIVE Required Courses for the Psychology Major

Courses to complete BEFORE declaring the major:

  • Math Requirement: Courses: 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 (or 4+ on AP exam)
  • Psychology 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics (or STAT 5 or STAT 7/7L)

Courses to complete BEFORE taking upper division elective courses:

  • Psychology 100: Research Methods in Psychology (must be taken at UCSC)
  • Psychology 10: Introduction to Developmental Psychology

SEVEN additional upper-division courses are required

THREE Upper-Division Psychology Courses taken at UCSC in different areas.

One course each from these sub-fields:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)
NOTE: One of the above classes must be a senior seminar.

THREE Additional Upper-Division Psychology Courses in different areas:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)
  • Clinical/Personality (courses #160-179)
  • Methods (courses #181-182)
  • Independent Study (courses #191-199)

NOTE: Up to two courses may be satisfied by UCEAP courses, or courses completed at another 4-year institution. See advising staff for details and approval.

ONE Upper Division Outside Course:

One course from outside the Psych Dept. from an approved list.

Advanced Course Requirements:

  • Psychology 181: Psychological Data Analysis OR Psychology 182: Advanced Research Methods
  • Two quarters (10 units) of Field Study (193), Research (194), or Senior Thesis (195)

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

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 2019 Intensive 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 Intensive Major Frosh Plan

Sample Intensive Major Transfer Plan

Create your own academic plan with this blank form.


Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2010 Catalog 

FIVE Required Courses for the Intensive Psychology Major

Courses to complete BEFORE declaring the major:

  • Math Requirement: Courses: AMS 3 or 6, or Math 3 or 4 or 11A or 11B; OR 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

THIRTEEN Additional 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 course of Field Study, Psych 193A or 193B or 193C or 193D, may be substituted for one of the subfield courses, pertinent to its area. Note: 193 does not satisfy the seminar requirement.

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)
  • Clinical-Personality (courses #160-179)

Either Psychology 181, Psychological Data Analysis OR Psychology 182, Advanced Research Methods

Two quarters (10 credits) of Psychology 194: Advanced Research, OR Psychology 195: Senior Thesis

Two upper-division courses outside of psychology, in one or more related areas, chosen from the outside course list.

Senior Comprehensive Requirement

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

Intensive Psychology Major Worksheet

The 2010 Intensive Psychology Major Worksheet (including outside course listing) may be found here.

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.