Independent Study

The Department of Psychology offers four types of special studies coursess: Psychology 197, 198, 99 and 199. Descriptions of the courses are listed below. The application forms should be filled out by the student, signed by both the student and the instructor, and returned to the Student Services Office along with a project description by the University deadline to add a course. Upon receipt of the completed application, the Undergraduate Advisors or Peer Advisors will give provide the student information about how to enroll on CalCentral.


Psychology 99/199

Supervised Independent Study and Research, 1-3 units, P/NP.

These courses are designed for students who will be working and learning as a research assistant in a lab on campus under the supervision of a UC Berkeley faculty member. More advanced students may also earn Psych 199 credit by carrying out their own research in such a lab. Psychology 99 is intended for freshmen and sophomores and Psychology 199 is intended for junior and seniors.  A final paper may be required. Students interested in enrolling in Psych 99/199 courses should, refer to the list of opportunities, download an application from our Psychology forms webpage and come by the Student Services Office if they have questions.


Fall 2019 Research Assistant Positions

Click here for a list of research assistant positions that are available this Spring through the Department of Psychology.  * Updated September 2019

More to come soon!


Psychology 197
Field Studies in Psychology, 1-3 units, P/NP.

Students may volunteer or intern in an agency whose program relates to the discipline of Psychology. Students will need to coordinate supervision by an onsite supervisor as well as seek guidance from a faculty member who will grade them at the end of the term. A final paper may be required. Although the Department does not place students in agencies, we encourage students to seek opportunities in the Weekly Opportunities bulletin or through other on campus offices.

Students engaged in an internship may receive either Psychology 197 units, compensation if the agency is willing to do so out of their funds, or both.


Psychology 198
Directed Group Study, 1-3 units, P/NP. Group study of a selected topic or topics in Psychology.

Psychology 198 credit is offered for students who are enrolled in a DeCal class, which is a student-initiated seminar course. To find more information about DeCal classes visit the DeCal website here:


Research or Field Study Abroad

Research and field work opportunities are available during the summer months at Berkeley and other institutions. Several universities have special research programs in Psychology for junior and senior Psychology majors. Recent examples have included research in language acquisition at Clark University and cognition and communication in marine mammals at the University of Hawaii. 

Although the psychology department does not have an official internship offered with a higher education institution abroad, Berkeley’s Study Abroad office has a variety of global internship options listed on their website that psychology students are eligible for. They have internships here in the US as well as various parts of the world! You can refer to our study abroad page for more information, and visit an advisor in order to talk about specific study abroad within the department of psychology questions.


Katherine Craig Swan Undergraduate Research Award and Endowment in Psychology

The Swan family has generously donated funds in memory of Katherine Craig Swan, a 1932 Berkeley graduate in Psychology, which will support undergraduate research in the Psychology Department. The budget for the proposal cannot exceed $500. This money will be awarded to the most deserving applicants on an annual competition. The faculty of the Undergraduate Awards Committee will review these award funding to the best proposals. Swan Research Awards will be acknowledged at the annual Commencement Ceremony of the Psychology Department.

You can download a copy of the 2019-2020 application here

Due Date: FRIDAY, October 25th at 4 PM


Campuswide Research Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research's web site is designed to highlight the diverse research opportunities available to undergraduates at Berkeley. You can access it through:



Forms are accessible from the Psychology website. Please see the Resources page to download the application and instructions.