Lower-Division Requirements (Applicable to All Students Admitted Fall 2016 through Spring 2018)

Please note that ALL courses taken for the major (both lower division prerequisites and upper division requirements) must be taken for a letter grade.

Prerequisite Areas Course Options
  • AP Psychology with a test score of 4 or 5
  • Psychology 1
Biological Science

Two courses are required.

  • AP Biology with a score of 4 or 5
  • Anthropology 1
  • Biology 1A 
  • IB 31
  • MCB 32
  • Psych C61/MCB C61 
  • Psych C64/MCB C64
Social Science

Two courses. Note that the two courses must be from different departments.

  • AP US Governement or AP Comparative Government with a score of 4 or 5
  • Anthropology 3 or 3AC
  • Sociology 1, 3, or 3AC
  • Linguistics 5
  • Philosophy 3, 4, 5, 12A, or 25B
  • Political Science 1,2, or 4

A total of 3 courses is required. Students must take Psych 101 and two additional quantitative courses.

  • Psych 101

  • Two courses from the list:

    • Math 10A &/or 10B 
    • Math 1A &/or 1B
    • Math 54
    • Math 55
    • Stats 2, 20, or 21 
    • Stats C8

**NOTE: In addition to Psych 101, the following combinations are recommended: Math 10A-B (highly recommended), or Math 1A with Stats C8.

Please note that AP exams and IB standard exams do not satisfy the quantitative course requirement. IB HL and A-Level exams may be accepted on a case by case basis.

Transfer students and UC Berkeley students who wish to complete prerequisites at community colleges should consult assist.org for further information about the appropriate transferable coursework.