Major Requirements

Psychology is a capped major at UC Berkeley. This means that due to high demand, we unfortunately cannot accommodate every student who wishes to major in Psychology. As part of the terms of being a capped major, all students who apply to the major and meet the following criteria are guaranteed admission:

  1. Have a minimum 3.2 GPA in the prerequisite courses (Note: GPA is not rounded up);
  2. If you entered UC Berkeley as a freshman, you must declare the major by your 5th semester OR prior to the accumulation of 80 semester units, including work in progress (AP or college credit obtained in high school do not count towards the 80 units). If you entered Berkeley as a junior level transfer, you must declare the major no later than your first semester at UC Berkeley; and
  3. Submit the application to the major by the posted deadline.

If any of the above criteria are not met, students may still be admitted to the major. However, there is no guarantee. Please understand that applications will not be approved until all prerequisite courses are complete and final grades have been posted. This may mean that you will not technically be admitted to the major until the beginning of the following semester.


For more information about the process to declare the major, a link to the online application, and deadlines for major applications each semester, visit our Apply to the Major webpage. 


Please note the following Credit Restrictions and bear in mind that students cannot use credit restricted courses to count for prerequisites:


For more information on restrictions between specific Math courses, contact the Math Department.



* Students will receive no credit for Psych 110 after completing Psych/MCB C61 beginning Fall 2016. If a student has transfer courses that articulate to Psych/MCB C61 as posted on, (example: Psych 24 from De Anza), this will be credit restricted the same as if the course was taken at UC Berkeley. 


Lower Division/Prerequisites


Upper-Division Requirements



All prerequisite courses and upper-division courses that apply to the major must be taken on a letter grade basis and receive a D- or above.  Major requirements will not count towards the major progress if a course is taken Pass/No Pass. Major courses can only be taken as Pass/No Pass once student has completed all major requirements. 


Minimum Grade Point Average in the Major

The University requires that students maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all courses (lower and upper division) required in the major program, as well as a 2.0 grade point average in all upper division courses that apply to the major.  Any student who does not meet the minimum grade point average in the major will be placed on probation. 


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