Tier I: Prerequisites (Applicable to All First Year Students AND Transfer Students admitted Fall 2016 and onward)

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 OR Psych C64/MCB C64 (Credit Restricted)
Social Science

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

  • AP US Government 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

Please note that AP exams and IB standard & HL exams do not satisfy the quantitative course requirement.

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. The Psychology and Biology IBHL scores of 5, 6 or 7 can be used to fulfill the general psych and one of the two biological science prerequisites.