Tier I: Prerequisites for Freshmen Admitted Fall 2018 or later and Transfers Admitted Fall 2020 or later

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
General Psychology

One of the following is required:

  • Psychology 1
  • AP Psychology with a test score of 4 or 5


Biological Science One courses from:

  • AP Biology with a test score of 4 or 5
  • Anthropology 1 
  • Biology 1A
  • Integrative Biology 31
  • Molecular & Cell Biology 32


One Course from:

  • Psych C61/MCB C61 or Psychology 110



Social Science Two courses from two different departments:

  • Anthropology 3 or 3AC
  • Sociology 1, 3, or 3AC
  • Linguistics 5
  • Philosophy 3, 4, 5, 12A, or 25B
  • Political Science 1,2, or 4

AP U.S. Government or AP Comparative Government with a score of 4 or 5 will satisfy one Social Science Prerequisite. The other course must not be from the Political Science department.


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


Psychology 101


And two courses from:

  • Math 10A &/or Math 10B
  • Math 1A &/or Math 1B
  • Math 54
  • Math 55
  • Statistics 2, 20, or 21
  • Statistics 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.