Receiving Unit Credit for Research

IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for signing up for their units and changing the VARIABLE units to the number that they plan to take. Students earn 1 unit of credit per every 30 hours they complete in a quarter. This comes out to about 3 hours per week of working in the lab. PSYCHOLOGY 199 FORMS are available in the forms rack next to the Advising Office in 101 Young Hall or in a PDF below. Forms should be turned into the Advising Office once the student has a CRN. Your lab manager or PI should have the CRN, but students can also receive the CRN from one of the Psychology major advisers. The deadline to sign up for PSC 199 with a CRN is the 12th day of instruction.

The Benefits of Volunteering as a Research Assistant

  • Students can earn units toward the psychology major and graduation.
  • Students gain excellent research experience, which is often a component of being a competitive candidate for graduate programs, particularly PhD programs.
  • Research is a great way to get to know a faculty member and potentially secure a Letter of Recommendation for graduate school.
  • Download the PSC 99/199 Unit form HERE
  • Find more information here: Psychology 99 or 199.


Students with 84 or more units are eligible to receive credit toward the major through Psychology 199 or 198.

Students who have fewer than 84 units may receive 99 or 98 credit.  PSC 99 and PSC 98 are lower-division units so they will not grant credit toward the major.

Transcript notation for students earning 40 hours or more per quarter is also available via the Internship and Career Center.

Students can enroll in a maximum of 5 special study units per quarter.  Each unit earned requires 3 hours per week of volunteer time, or 30 hours over the course of a 10-week quarter.  Most labs require 6-9 hours per week for 2-3 units of credit per quarter.

Make sure to check with your College Dean's Office Adviser to be sure that you are not exceeding the maximum number of "special study" units allowed by your college.