INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAJOR

Students should be aware that psychology courses are offered in several different departments and programs. Students interested in general psychology including the areas of development, clinical, perception, learning, memory, cognitive processes and neuroscience are advised to consult the course listings for the B.A. in Psychology . The courses in this major are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in general psychology. Students specifically interested in a program with a quantitative approach to theory and research in any of the areas of Cognitive Neuroscience; Experimental Psychology (emphasizing Sensation, Perception, Attention and Memory); Language Science; or Computational Cognitive Science should consult the course listings for the B.S. in Cognitive Sciences. Students interested in other areas of psychology are advised to consult the course listings in the School of Social Ecology and the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences sections.

NOTE: Students may complete either the B.A. in Psychology or B.S. in Cognitive Sciences but not both.

  

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

The Departmental Requirements for the Major have changed effective Fall 2016 and are listed below. 
If you are following the previously approved major requirements, please refer to your catalogue year at: http://catalogue.uci.edu/previouseditions/ 

All students must meet the University Requirements.
All students must meet the School Requirements.
School requirements must be met and must include courses as specified below:

A. Complete the following:
PSYCH 9A - 9B - 9C Psychology Fundamentals  
B. Two (2) introductory courses (8 units) in the social sciences selected from:  
ANTHRO 2A  Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology  
ANTHRO 2B Introduction to Biological Anthropology  
ANTHRO 2D Introduction to Language and Culture  
ECON 1 Introduction to Economics  
LINGUIS 3 Introduction to Linguistics  
POL SCI 6C  Introduction to Political Science: Micropolitics  
SOC SCI 5A  Introduction to Human Geography  
SOCIOL 1 Introduction to Sociology  
SOCIOL 2 Globalization and Transnational Sociology  
SOCIOL 3 Informatics Core Course I  
or one or two quarters of the following when topic is not psychology:  

SOC SCI H1E- H1F- H1G

Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences
  and Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences
  and Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences

 

C. A one-quarter course and laboratory in experimental psychology or research methods selected from the following:

 
PSYCH 112A- 112LA Experimental Psychology (including Lab)  
PSYCH 112D- 112LD Effective Graphical Presentation of Data (including Lab)  
PSYCH 112M- 112LM Research Methods in Psychology (including Lab)  
PSYCH 112R- 112LR Cognitive Robotics (including Lab)  
NOTE: These courses have as prerequisites PSYCH 9A, PSYCH 9B, PSYCH 9C and one year of mathematics/statistics (see course listings). These prerequisites are strictly enforced. PSYCH 112A/PSYCH 112LA are the first quarter of a multi-quarter sequence that satisfies the upper-division writing requirement and allows students to plan and conduct research projects. Students taking these courses should plan to continue in them through at least the second quarter. Students who intend to fulfill the upper-division writing requirement in some other way should consider taking PSYCH 112D/LD, PSYCH 112M/LM, or PSYCH 112R/LR to fulfill the laboratory requirement.  

D. Select four upper-division Psychology core courses (16 units). These courses are designated with an ending number "0" and include the following:

 
PSYCH 120A Abnormal Psychology  
PSYCH 120D Developmental Psychology  
PSYCH 120H History of Psychology  
PSYCH 120P Personality Theories  
PSYCH 130A Perception and Sensory Processes  
PSYCH 140C Cognitive Science  
PSYCH 140L Principles of Learning Theory  
PSYCH 140M Human Memory  
PSYCH 150 Psychology of Language  
PSYCH 160A Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience  
PSYCH 160D Brain Disorders and Behavior  

E. Select seven additional courses (four or more units each) with emphasis in psychology, distributed as follows:

 
1. No more than one of the seven may be lower-division. PSYCH 7A may not be used to fulfill this requirement.  
2. Three of the upper-division courses used to satisfy requirements D and E must be taken from one of the following modules: Psychology 110–119 (Research Methodologies), 120–129 (General Psychology), 130–139 (Perception and Sensory Processes), 140–149 and 150–159 (Learning and Cognition and Language Sciences combined), 160–169 (Cognitive Neuroscience), and 170–179 (Interdisciplinary Studies).  
3. Certain courses offered in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Social Ecology may be used in partial satisfaction of this requirement. A total of three of these courses (12 units) may be used in this way with a maximum of two from either of these Schools.  
Psychology and Social Behavior courses that do not overlap with Psychology courses may be used along with PSY BEH 193E (same as CRM/LAW C105) and BIO SCI D137, BIO SCI E174, BIO SCI N110, and BIO SCI N159.  
4. No more than three of the courses (each of four or more units) may be numbered 190–199.  
   

NOTE: Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to take BIO SCI 1A and BIO SCI 35 toward satisfaction of the science and technology portion of the general education requirement (category II). Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that students who intend to pursue post-baccalaureate work in psychology take the PSYCH 112A-PSYCH 112B-PSYCH 112C sequence. Most psychology graduate programs require statistics (which, at UCI, may be satisfied by taking PSYCH 10A-PSYCH 10B-PSYCH 10C or SOC SCI 10A-SOC SCI 10B-SOC SCI 10C), but some require calculus (which, at UCI, may be satisfied by taking MATH 2A-MATH 2B).

 

 

HONORS PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY

The two-year Honors Program in Psychology is open to selected juniors who are majoring in psychology. It provides thorough grounding in research methods and culminates with the opportunity for basic research in some area of psychology under faculty supervision. The program has a limited number of openings and seeks to attract outstanding students who plan to undertake postgraduate education in some field of the psychological sciences. Admission to the program is based on a formal application that is normally submitted in the spring quarter of the sophomore year. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.2 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in psychology courses, although this requirement may be waived in unusual cases.

During the junior year, students who participate in the program are expected to enroll in Honors Experimental Psychology (PSYCH H111A-PSYCH 111BW-PSYCH H111C), and in the fall quarter of the Honors Seminar in PSYCH H101A. As seniors, following successful completion of these junior-year requirements, psychology honors students are enrolled in the Honors Seminar in Psychology (PSYCH H101B-PSYCH H101C) in the fall and spring quarters. Participants in the honors program are expected to complete course work beyond the general education requirement in one or more of the following areas: biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, physical science, linguistics, philosophy. The honors seminar may be used to satisfy two of the courses required by Part E of the psychology major requirements. To graduate with honors in psychology, a student must successfully complete the requirements for the B.A. degree in psychology with an overall grade point average of 3.2 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in psychology courses. In addition, honors students must successfully complete a senior honors thesis as part of the senior-year course work.

For more information about the Honors Program, please visit here.

 

CHANGE OF MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

In order to change your major to the B.S. in Cognitive Sciences, you must meet the following requirements:

Requirements

Description

Cumulative UC GPA

2.70 GPA for Option 1; 2.00 GPA for Option 2.
2.00 GPA for the quarter prior to changing major

Course grades

Completion of one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Two courses in Psychology with grades of "B-" or better in each course. One of the courses must be from Psychology 7A or 9A-B-C.
  • Option 2: Psychology 9A-B-C and two Psychology core courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 for those five courses.

 

QUESTIONS

  • For academic advising (e.g., coursework required, change of major requirements), contact the School of Social Sciences' Undergraduate Student Affairs Office at: socsci@uci.edu or (949) 824-6803. 

 

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