Psychology

Taking the following courses will prepare you for psychology at any UC campus that offers the major.

Expected coursework

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Statistics
  • Calculus 1 (life sciences version or above)
  • Biology 1 (STEM version)
  • 1 additional science course (biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • 2 social science courses, from among:
    • Social/cultural anthropology
    • Linguistic anthropology
    • Logic
    • Introduction to sociology
    • Modern philosophy

Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in psychology at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for psychology transfer students is that UC expects two social science classes that CSU does not, and CSU requires research methods while UC does not.

Applicable majors

The psychology pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Psychology and social behavior, B.A. at Irvine
  • Psychology, A.B. and B.S. at Davis
  • Psychology, B.A. at Berkeley
  • Psychology, B.A. at Irvine
  • Psychology, B.A. at Los Angeles
  • Psychology, B.A. at Merced
  • Psychology, B.A. at Riverside
  • Psychology, B.A. and B.S. at San Diego
  • Psychology, B.A. at Santa Cruz

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Psychology is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare