Independent Study

The Department of Psychology offers four types of special studies courses: Psychology 197, 198, 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 provide the student information about how to enroll on CalCentral.

  • Psych 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. 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.

    Spring 2022  Research Assistant Positions

    Click through for a list of research assistant positions posted for Spring and 2022 through the Department of Psychology.  * Updated May 13, 2022

    Click here for the Psych 199 Application. Please email the completed form to for further processing

    Summer 2022 Deadline to submit: July 13, 2022 (2 days before the final add deadline with a fee)

  • Psych 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:

  • Psych 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.

    Click here for the Psych 197 Application.

  • Katherine Craig Swan Undergraduate Research Award and Endowment in Psych

    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 2021-2022 application here

    Due Date: FRIDAY, October 29th at 4 PM; submit by email to


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