Major Requirements

Psychology is a capped major at UC Berkeley. This means that we have such a high demand that we 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 combined prerequisite courses;
  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 processed 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 articulated to Psych/MCB C61 as posted on, (example: Psych 24 from De Anza), the students will not receive credit for Psych 110. Students must take one of the other classes to meet the Tier 2 Biological requirement.

** If a biological psychology course from another institution was accepted by the Psychology Department as a lower division prerequisite course, but the course is not articulated on, then students may take Psych 110 to fulfill the Tier 2 Biological requirement.

** As of October 2017, we have expanded the courses accepted to satisfy the Tier 2 Biological requirement.  Students may now choose from Psych 110*, 114, 117, 125, or C127. 


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. 


Unit Limits

1. Credit for 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, and 199 courses in a single term may aggregate no more than 4 units. For more information visit :

2. No more than a total of 16 units of courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, and 199 may be used to meet the requirements for a Bachelor's degree.


Unit Designation

For each of the courses 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, 199 a student must be involved in three hours of work per week for one unit of credit. 


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