Intensive Psychology Major

The intensive major involves additional coursework and research or field study experience. It is available to all psychology majors.

Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2020-21 Catalog

Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2019 Catalog

Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2010-18 Catalog

Choosing a Catalog for Psychology

If you have already declared the Psychology major and are unsure which Catalog you are following, you can find the term you declared in your UCSC portal (follow the instructions to find it here). If you have not yet declared the Psychology major, you will choose your Catalog when petitioning to declare following these guidelines:

  • Students who entered UCSC as frosh in Fall 2020 or later terms must choose the 2020-21 Catalog when petitioning to declare the Psychology major.
  • Students who entered UCSC as frosh in Fall 2019 may choose the 2019 or later Catalogs when petitioning to declare the Psychology major.
  • Transfer students and students who entered UCSC as frosh before Fall 2019 may choose any Catalog listed below when petitioning to declare the Psychology major.
  • The only difference between the 2019 & 2020-21 Catalogs, is that PSYC 20 is required for students declared on the 2020-21 Catalog. PSYC 20 is recommended for students declared on earlier Catalogs, but not required. 
Major Worksheets and sample Academic Plans for each Catalog are available on the Advising Forms page.
Some major requirements may be satisfied through test scores or transfer credit. See the AP and Transfer Credit page for details.
Some major requirements may be satisifed by courses taken through UCSC Global Learning. See the Global Learning page for details.
Honors in the major are awarded to eligible graduating seniors. See the Honors in the Major page for details.
The 2021-22 UCSC Catalog can be found here.

 See the Letter Grade and Double-Counting Courses notes below.


Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2020-21 Catalog

FIVE Lower-Division Courses

Lower-Division Courses to Declare the Psychology Major:

  • MathAM 3, Pre-Calculus for the Social Sciences (OR AM 6MATH 3 or 4, or AM 11A/ECON 11A, or MATH 11A or 11B, or 19A or 19B; OR 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement, or AP Calculus score of 3+)
  • PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology (OR AP Psychology score of 4+)
  • StatisticsPSYC 2Introduction to Psychological Statistics (OR STAT 5, or STAT 7 & 7LOR AP Statistics score of 4+)

PSYC 1 and Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of B- is required in courses taken to fulfill the PSYC 1 and statistics requirements. Review the Major Admission Requirements for more information and options if the grade requirement has not been met.

Additional Lower-Division Courses:

ELEVEN Upper-Division Courses

PSYC 100: Research Methods in Psychology (must be taken at UCSC)

*PSYC 100 is a prerequisite for all other Upper-Division Psychology Courses

THREE Upper-Division Psychology Courses (must be taken at UCSC):

One course each from these sub-fields:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)

THREE Additional Upper-Division Psychology Courses in 3 different areas:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)
  • Clinical/Personality (courses #160-179)
  • Methods (courses #181-183)
  • Independent Study (courses #193-199). Faculty or staff approval is required for enrollment in independent study courses; find information about field study, research, and thesis opportunities here.

NOTE: One of the above Upper-Division Psychology Courses must also be a senior seminar.

ONE Upper-Division Outside Course:

One course from outside the Psychology Department from an approved list.

THREE Advanced Course Requirements:

  • PSYC 181: Psychological Data Analysis OR PSYC 182: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Two quarters (10 units) of Field Study (193), Research (194), or Senior Thesis (195).
    • Faculty or staff approval is required for enrollment in independent study courses; find information about field study, research, and thesis opportunities here.

Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2019 Catalog

FOUR Lower-Division Courses

Lower-Division Courses to Declare the Psychology Major:

  • MathAM 3, Pre-Calculus for the Social Sciences (OR AM 6MATH 3 or 4, or AM 11A/ECON 11A, or MATH 11A or 11B, or 19A or 19B; OR 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement, or AP Calculus score of 3+)
  • PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology (OR AP Psychology score of 4+)
  • StatisticsPSYC 2Introduction to Psychological Statistics (OR STAT 5, or STAT 7 & 7LOR AP Statistics score of 4+)

PSYC 1 and Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of B- is required in courses taken to fulfill the PSYC 1 and statistics requirements. Review the Major Admission Requirements for more information and options if the grade requirement has not been met.

Additional Lower-Division Course:

ELEVEN Upper-Division Courses

PSYC 100: Research Methods in Psychology (must be taken at UCSC)

*PSYC 100 is a prerequisite for all other Upper-Division Psychology Courses

THREE Upper-Division Psychology Courses (must be taken at UCSC):

One course each from these sub-fields:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)

THREE Additional Upper-Division Psychology Courses in 3 different areas:

  • Developmental (courses #101-119)
  • Cognitive (courses #120-139)
  • Social (courses #140-159)
  • Clinical/Personality (courses #160-179)
  • Methods (courses #181-183)
  • Independent Study (courses #193-199). Faculty or staff approval is required for enrollment in independent study courses; find information about field study, research, and thesis opportunities here.

NOTE: One of the above Upper-Division Psychology Courses must also be a senior seminar.

ONE Upper-Division Outside Course:

One course from outside the Psychology Department from an approved list.

THREE Advanced Course Requirements:

  • PSYC 181: Psychological Data Analysis OR PSYC 182: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Two quarters (10 units) of Field Study (193), Research (194), or Senior Thesis (195).
    • Faculty or staff approval is required for enrollment in independent study courses; find information about field study, research, and thesis opportunities here

Intensive Psychology Major Requirements- 2010-2018 Catalog 

FOUR Lower-Division Courses

Lower-Division Courses to Declare the Psychology Major:

  • MathAM 3, Pre-Calculus for the Social Sciences (OR AM 6MATH 3 or 4, or AM 11A/ECON 11A, or MATH 11A or 11B, or 19A or 19B; OR 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement, or AP Calculus score of 3+)
  • PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology (OR AP Psychology score of 4+)
  • StatisticsPSYC 2Introduction to Psychological Statistics (OR STAT 5, or STAT 7 & 7LOR AP Statistics score of 4+)

PSYC 1 and Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of B- is required in courses taken to fulfill the PSYC 1 and statistics requirements. Review the Major Admission Requirements for more information and options if the grade requirement has not been met.

Additional Lower-Division Course:

TWELVE Upper-Division Courses

PSYC 100: Research Methods in Psychology (must be taken at UCSC)

*PSYC 100 is a prerequisite for all other Upper-Division Psychology Courses

EIGHT Upper-Division Psychology Courses:

Two courses are required in each of the subfields below. 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)

NOTE: One of the above Upper-Division Psychology Courses must also be a senior seminar.

THREE Advanced Course Requirements:

  • PSYC 181: Psychological Data Analysis OR PSYC 182: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Two quarters (10 units) of Field Study (193), Research (194), or Senior Thesis (195).
    • Faculty or staff approval is required for enrollment in independent study courses; find information about field study, research, and thesis opportunities here.

TWO Outside Courses 

Two courses outside the Psychology Department, in one or more related areas, chosen from the outside course list


LETTER GRADE NOTE: Courses graded NP, C-, D or F may NOT be used to satisfy major requirements. Also, please refer to the Major Admission Requirements. The Psychology major courses which must be taken for a letter grade are PSYC 1, the statistics requirement, and PSYC 10 or 20 if a minimum grade of B- was not earned in PSYC 1. All other courses required for the major could be taken Pass/No Pass (review the full policy for other restrictions for the P/NP option here).
DOUBLE-COUNTING COURSES NOTE: A major must have a minimum of 40 upper division credits, and a minor must have a minimum of 25 upper division credits (courses numbered 100-199). The Intensive Psychology major has 57 upper division units (2019 or 2020-21 Catalogs), and students may double-count up to 3 courses with another major or minor. There is no limit to the number of lower-division credits (courses numbered 1-99) that can be shared between majors and minors. Students interested in double-majoring in Cognitive Science and Intensive Psychology (2019 or 2020-21 Catalogs) must double-count PSYC 100 and the senior seminar, and are permitted to double-count one additional upper division course between the two majors (a sample academic plan is available on the Advising Forms page).