Majors & Minor

The Psychology program at UC Davis is broad and includes students and faculty with a variety of interests. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts program for students interested in the liberal arts and the Bachelor of Science program geared for students with an interest in either biology or mathematics. The main objective of both programs is a broad introduction to the scope of contemporary psychology.

Bachelor of Arts

UC DAVIS PSYCHOLOGY - BACHELOR OF ARTS

Updated July 2016

With the exception of the declaration requirements, courses in this major may be taken P/NP within the limits set by the College of Letters and Science. If you are considering graduate school, please be aware that many grad schools prefer to see coursework taken for a letter grade. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARING MAJOR:

Completion of PSC 1 and PSC 41 with a combined GPA of 2.50 (all courses must be taken for a letter grade). OR, you may take three upper division PSC courses with at least a 2.0.

 

Download the above Bachelor of Arts major checklist

Click here to see the list of approved electives outside of the department.

 

Major requirements are only one portion of graduation requirements. Please consult the College of Letters & Science for information on the rest of your requirements.

Bachelor of Science - Biology Emphasis

UC DAVIS PSYCHOLOGY - BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BIOLOGY EMPHASIS

Updated July 2016

With the exception of the declaration requirements, courses in this major may be taken P/NP within the limits set by the College of Letters and Science. If you are considering graduate school, please be aware that many grad schools prefer to see coursework taken for a letter grade. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARING MAJOR:

Completion of PSC 1 and PSC 41 with a combined GPA of 2.50 (all courses must be taken for a letter grade). 

OR, you may take three upper division PSC courses with at least a 2.0.


 

 


 

 Major requirements are only one portion of graduation requirements. Please consult the College of Letters & Science for information on the rest of your requirements.

Bachelor of Science - Quantitative Emphasis

UC DAVIS PSYCHOLOGY - BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE EMPHASIS

Updated July 2016

With the exception of the declaration requirements, courses in this major may be taken P/NP within the limits set by the College of Letters and Science. If you are considering graduate school, please be aware that many grad schools prefer to see coursework taken for a letter grade. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARING MAJOR:

Completion of PSC 1 and PSC 41 with a combined GPA of 2.50 (all courses must be taken for a letter grade). 

OR, you may take three upper division PSC courses with at least a 2.0.

 

 

Download the above Bachelor of Science, Math emphasis major checklist

Click here to see the list of approved electives outside of the department.

 

Major requirements are only one portion of graduation requirements. Please consult the College of Letters & Science for information on the rest of your requirements.

 

Psychology Minor

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS:

 

Pre-Fall 2016 Minor Checklist (If you entered UCD prior to Fall 2016, you should follow this minor structure.)

Effective Fall 2016 Minor Requirements: Psychology 41 and completion of 20 upper division Psychology units. These units must include at least one course from each Core Group A through D, plus enough PSC elective units to total 20 upper division units. This usually turns out to be a class from each Core group and one elective. PSC 192/198/199 units may also be used as elective units. You must have a combined grade point average of 2.0 in all courses required for the minor.

You may take courses P/NP for the minor, as long as the GPA in the remaining courses is at least a 2.0.


 

Core Group A
Perception, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Core Group B
Psychobiology

Core Group C
Social/Personality

 
Core Group D
Developmental

100(Y): Introduction to Cognitive Psychology  

101: Introduction to Psychobiology

151: Social Psychology

140** or HDE 100A or HDE 100B: Developmental Psychology

130: Human Learning & Memory

113: Developmental Psychobiology

152: Social Cognition

141/HDE 101: Cognitive Development

131: Perception

121: Physiological Psychology

154: Psychology of Emotion

142 /HDE 102: Social and Personality Development

132: Language and Cognition

123/NPB 152 (3 units):  Horomones & Behavior

158: Sexual Orientation & Prejudice

143: Infant Development

135: Cognitive Neuroscience

124/NPB 124: Comparative Neuroanatomy

161: Psychology of the Self

146: The Development of Memory
136: Psychology of Music

125: Behavioral Genetics & Epigenetics

162: Introduction to Personality Psychology

148: Developmental Disorders
 

126: Health Psychology

168: Abnormal Psychology
 
 

137: Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

 
 
  159: Gender & Human Reproduction    
 
*2 units credit for PSC 140 if HDE 100A or HDE 100B has been previously completed.
 

The elective course can be any PSC course (including those not in Core Groups), or an approved elective course from outside of the PSC Department. Find the approved electives list here.

 

How to Declare the Minor

Minors can be declared once a student has at least enrolled in all of the classes. So, students will take courses towards the minor before declaring it. Minors are declared online on OASIS under the Forms & Petitions tab,and must be submitted before the 10th day of instruction of the last term. Please contact an adviser if you have any questions!

Should I Choose an A.B. or B.S. Degree?

How to choose between the A.B. and B.S. Programs in Psychology

The Department of Psychology at UC Davis offers both an  A. B. (Bachelor of Arts) and B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degrees. Other than the differences in the major coursework, the differences between the A.B. and B.S. degrees are:

  • The B.S. degree requires a total of 90 units in natural science/mathematics in order to fulfill the L&S Area Breadth requirement; in contrast students choosing the A.B. degree fulfill the L&S Area Breadth requirement through filling the GE requirement.
  • The A.B. degree requires one years fluency (or 15 units) of a single foreign language; the B.S. has no foreign language requirement.


 
Graduate and professional schools in general are not concerned with the kind of degree you possess but rather with the courses you have taken. Generally speaking, graduate programs check your GPA, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and GRE test scores. If you are genuinely interested in math or the natural sciences, you may prefer to go the B.S. route. The A.B. degree may be attractive to students interested in earning a minor or perhaps pursuing a double major, and for students who desire more freedom when choosing their elective psychology courses.

The B.S. and A.B. degrees are equally acceptable for students interested in Psychology graduate school and pre-professional schools (check with the pre-health, pre-law, or pre-graduate advisers in Advising Services, South Hall, for details). There is a good deal of overlap between the B.S. degree and many health program requirements, so those students interested in the health field generally choose the B.S. degree. The important point is to determine what courses would best prepare you for the programs to which you may be applying. For guidance, see a faculty member in your area of interest and check course requirements in individual graduate programs. Also take advantage of campus resources, such as Pre-Graduate Advising and Health Professions Advising. There are additionally many external online resources, such as Gradschools.com and Petersons.com.