Criteria for Guaranteed Admission to the Psychology Major
- Complete all 8 prerequisite courses with a letter grade (See COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading for more info)
- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses
- If you entered UC Berkeley as a freshman, you must submit the major declaration form after completing three semesters at Cal and before you begin your 6th 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 transfer, you must declare the major before you begin your 2nd semester at UC Berkeley.
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.
Credit Restriction of Prerequisite Coursework
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 assist.org, (example: Psych 24 from De Anza), this will be credit restricted the same as if the course was taken at UC Berkeley.
Tier I: Prerequisites (total of 8)
Tier II: Survey (total of 5) & Tier III: Electives (total of 3)
COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading
Here are commonly asked questions on how the recent grading policy change from campus affects admission to the Psychology major in regards to prerequisite coursework and requirements:
How will admission to the Psychology major be determined in future terms?
For students applying to the major, the GPA requirement for admission to the Psychology major will remain at the 3.0 for guaranteed admissions purposes. We will be accepting P/NP grades from Spring 2020. For now, please know that the Psychology Department will be making admission decisions within reason to allow for as much flexibility as possible.
Can UCEAP, Community College and non-UC Berkeley courses be taken P/NP in Spring 2020?
Yes. Students can take UCEAP courses, community college and other non-Berkeley courses, P/NP and we will accept them towards major if a P grade is earned. NOTE: UCEAP/non-Berkeley course(s) must be approved to count towards the major (Psychology syllabus review forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for further processing). This applies to Spring 2020 courses only.
How will the department calculate major GPA with Spring 2020 P/NP courses?
For GPA calculations, we will use all previously received grades that count as psychology prerequisite courses as well the grades received in future prerequisite courses taken beyond Spring 2020
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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.
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.