Psychology

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1533 Mandler Hall
http://psychology.ucsd.edu

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice. Updates may be found on the Academic Senate website: http://senate.ucsd.edu/catalog-copy/approved-updates/.

The Undergraduate Program

Major Programs

The UC San Diego Department of Psychology emphasizes research in the experimental and theoretical analysis of human and animal behavior, and the study of the mind. Students who major in psychology can expect to develop knowledge in a broad range of content areas, as well as basic skills in experimental and analytic procedures. We offer courses in all major areas of experimental psychology, with areas of specialization in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of human health, sensation and perception, and social psychology, and a joint major with the Department of Cognitive Science, in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Once a student has decided upon a major in psychology, he or she is highly encouraged to consult with the Psychology Student Affairs Office to ensure full understanding of the major requirements.

Degrees offered include:

Students majoring in psychology must have departmental approval for electives taken outside the department. We recommend consulting the Department of Psychology before enrolling in courses offered by other departments. It is recommended that all students seek additional advising from faculty and advising staff to determine whether additional coursework in mathematics, programming, physical or biological sciences, philosophy, or in any other discipline may be valuable, given students’ specific academic or professional goals after graduation.

Lower-Division Course Requirements for the BA

Experimental psychology uses scientific tools and concepts: knowledge of formal systems such as logic or calculus, probability theory, computer science, chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Accordingly, students in upper-division courses must have an adequate background in these topics. Prerequisites for individual courses are specified in the catalog.

Lower-division courses for the major should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Meeting these requirements will guarantee an adequate background for the topics of the upper-division psychology courses.

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-two units, eight courses)

Three Natural Science Courses (choose three of the following)

 Two Formal Skills Courses (choose two of the following)

One Computer Programming Course (choose one of the following)

One Statistics Course (choose one of the following)

Major Regulations

BA Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

Upper-Division Requirements (forty-eight units, twelve courses)

Four PSYC Core Courses (choose four of the following)

Eight Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose eight of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BA Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 formal skills

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 computer programming

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Lower-Division Course Requirements for all BS Majors in Psychology

This includes the following majors:

Experimental psychology uses scientific tools and concepts: knowledge of formal systems such as logic or calculus, probability theory, computer science, chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Accordingly, students in upper-division courses must have an adequate background in these topics. Prerequisites for individual courses are specified in the catalog.

Lower-division courses for the major should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Meeting these requirements will guarantee an adequate background for the topics of the upper-division psychology courses.

Lower Division Requirements (thirty-two units, eight courses)

Three Natural Science Courses (choose three of the following)

 Three Formal Skills Courses

One Computer Programming Course (choose one of the following)

One Statistics Course (choose one of the following)

Major Regulations

BS Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

Four PSYC Core Courses (choose four of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Eight Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose eight of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

The clinical psychology specialization provides instruction in the psychological and physiological causes of and treatments for mental illness in children and adults.

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

One PSYC Core Course in Specialization

Three Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose three of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 100

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Cognitive Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

Cognitive psychology includes understanding reasoning, thinking, language, judgment, and decision making in adults and children (including attention, memory, and visual and auditory information processing).

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

One PSYC Core Course in Specialization

Three Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose three of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Cognitive Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 105

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Developmental Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

Developmental psychology entails all aspects of human development with emphases on social and personality development, perceptual development, and language acquisition. This specialization also includes the study of developmental psychopathology.

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

One PSYC Core Course in Specialization

Three Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose three of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Developmental Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 101

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Human Health Upper-Division Course Requirements

Health psychology focuses on understanding how psychological, biological, and environmental factors interact to jointly influence human health. Topics include addiction, impulsive behavior, and issues related to cognitive control.

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

Three PSYC Core Courses in Specialization

One Additional PSYC Core Course (choose one of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Human Health

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 100

PSYC 101

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

PSYC 104

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Sensation and Perception Upper-Division Course Requirements

Sensation and perception is the study of how our sense organs and brain allow us to construct our consciously experienced representation of the environment. Experiments using computer-controlled stimuli are used to test models of sensory or perceptual processes. Processes of particular interest include color vision, motion perception, and auditory illusions and paradoxes.

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

One PSYC Core Course in Specialization

Three Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose three of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Sensation and Perception

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 102

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Psychology with a Specialization in Social Psychology Upper-Division Course Requirements

Social psychology is the study of human behavior in social situations. The specialization focuses on topics including emotion, aggression, and social cognition. It also encompasses applied social psychology, including psychology and the law and behavioral medicine.

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

One PSYC Core Course in Specialization

Three Additional PSYC Core Courses (choose three of the following)

Two Research Experience Courses

Three Upper-Division PSYC Courses in Specialization (choose three of the following)

Five Additional Upper-Division PSYC Courses (choose five of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Psychology with a Specialization in Social Psychology

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

1 computer programming

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60

PSYC 70

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

PSYC 104

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC core

1 PSYC core

1 UD PSYC elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 PSYC area of specialization

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 UD PSYC elective

1 PSYC research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

BS Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)

The BS in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience (CBN) is a major jointly administered by the Departments of Psychology and Cognitive Science. Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience seeks to determine, understand, and examine the links between neural activity and perception (e.g., color vision, attention), basic behaviors (e.g., appetitive drives such as hunger and sleep), and higher level cognitive function (e.g., working memory and executive function) using multiple tools ranging from single-unit physiology to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).

Lower-Division Course Requirements for the BS in CBN

Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience uses scientific tools and concepts—knowledge of formal systems such as calculus, computer programming, understanding of basic neurobiology, and additional knowledge in chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Accordingly, students in upper-division courses must have an adequate background in these topics. Prerequisites for individual courses are specified in the catalog.

Lower-division courses for the major should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. These requirements will guarantee an adequate background for the topics of the upper-division CBN courses.

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-six units, nine courses)

Three Natural Science Courses

Plus choose two of the following

 Four Formal Skills Courses

One Computer Programming Course (choose one of the following)

One Statistics Course (choose one of the following)

By petition, Math 11 will be accepted for the major.

Major Regulations
Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-six units, fourteen courses)

Four CBN Core Courses

Two Research Experience Courses

Six Upper-Division Courses in CBN (choose six of the following)

Two Additional Upper-Division Elective Courses (choose two of the following)

Suggested Four-Year Plan: BS Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

   

Math 10A or 20A

Math 10B or 20B

Math 10C or 20C

COGS 17

1 natural science

1 natural science

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 2

 

PSYC 60 or COGS 14B

PSYC 70 or COGS 14A

1 computer programming

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 3

   

COGS 107A

1 CBN core

1 CBN core

1 CBN core

1 CBN elective

1 CBN elective

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 CBN research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Year 4

   

1 CBN elective

1 CBN elective

1 CBN elective

1 CBN elective

1 additional elective

1 additional elective

1 CBN research

1 university/college GE

1 university/college GE

Honors Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the department’s honors program, which is strongly recommended for all students interested in graduate school. A minimum overall GPA of 3.3 (transfer GPA of 3.5 for transfer students) is a prerequisite. Admission is granted by application in the fall quarter of the junior year (Deadline: October 31). This program is composed of the following courses:

  1. Junior Year

    Winter:

    • Junior Honors Research Seminar (PSYC 110)
    • Advanced Statistics and Research Methods (PSYC 111A)

    Spring:

    • Advanced Statistics and Research Methods (PSYC 111B)
  2. Senior Year: A yearlong independent research project (PSYC 194A-B-C) under the mentorship of a faculty adviser. This research culminates in an honors thesis and poster presentation during the spring quarter.
  3. For the BA with honors: At least one laboratory course (PSYC 107, 109, 114, 115, 117, 119, 121, 140) or, one PSYC 199, Independent Study (199s, however, do not count as upper-division credit toward the major).
  4. For the BS with honors: Because all BS degrees in the psychology department already require two research experiences, there is no additional laboratory requirement to participate in the honors program. PSYC 194A-B-C fulfills one of the two research experiences required for all BS degrees in the department.

Successful completion of the honors program requires a minimum grade of A– in PSYC 194A, PSYC 194B, and PSYC 194C, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the upper-division courses taken for the major.

Minor Program

The minor in psychology consists of seven four-unit courses from the Department of Psychology course offerings, of which at least twenty units (five four-unit courses) must be upper division. At least four upper-division courses must be taken at UC San Diego for a letter grade. Psychology 199 (Independent Study) may count for one upper-division course toward the minor.

If PSYC 60 (Statistics) is chosen as one of the lower-division courses, it must be taken for a letter grade. To declare or change your minor, use the minor tool on TritonLink. A grade point average of at least 2.0 is required for graduation.

Education Abroad

Students are often able to participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) and UC San Diego’s Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) while still making progress toward the major. Students considering this option should discuss their plans with the Department of Psychology Student Affairs Office before going abroad. Courses taken abroad must be approved by the Department of Psychology in order to be applied to the major. Students may receive credit for a maximum of three upper-division psychology courses from their courses taken abroad. Information on EAP/OAP is detailed in the Education Abroad Program section of the UC San Diego General Catalog. Interested students should contact the Program Abroad Office in the International Center.

Transfer Credit

In general, all introductory courses in experimental psychology are accepted for lower-division credit toward a psychology minor. Upper-division psychology courses will be evaluated for transfer credit toward a psychology major or minor on a course-by-course basis.