UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Psychological & Brain Sciences

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
Building 251
Telephone: (805) 893-2791
Undergraduate e-mail: ugradaffairs@psych.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail:  gradaffairs@psych.ucsb.edu
Website: www.psych.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Diane Mackie


 
Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts—Psychology (Requirements - PDF)

The requirements for this major can be fulfilled with a variety of courses, allowing students to specialize in a given area, or select a more varied set of courses. Students in this major who plan to enroll in graduate programs should consult an advisor.

Students who complete the psychology major enter a variety of careers and graduate programs including experimental psychology, social work, applied psychology, education, business administration, law, and recreation. It is important to keep in mind that many of these professional careers require training beyond the undergraduate level and students with such interests should discuss their plans with an advisor as early as possible.

Students who do not enter the university as pre-psychology majors may declare the pre-psychology major after completing Psychology 1 with a grade of C or better. Once students have successfully completed all pre-major requirements, they may petition for full major status in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Undergraduate Affairs Office. Students must attain full major standing prior to the completion of 144 units. Admission to the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the full major.

Bachelor of Science—Biopsychology (Requirements - PDF)

The biopsychology major is designed for students interested in an intensive study of the relationship between biological and behavioral function. The required courses involve a study of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy; biochemical, endocrine, and pharmacological regulations in the central nervous system; and the behavioral and psychological data related to these topics. Students who do not enter the university as pre-biopsychology majors may declare the pre-biopsychology major after completing Psychology 1 with a grade of C or better, and a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average for all courses completed toward preparation for the major.

Students must attain full major standing prior to completion of 144 units. Once students have successfully completed the pre-major requirements, they may petition for full major status in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Undergraduate Affairs Office. Admission to the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the full major.

Careful planning is required for biopsychology majors to graduate in a timely fashion. Students in the major should consult with the undergraduate advisor regarding the frequency and timing of upper-division course offerings.

Passed/Not Passed Option Within the Major

Psychology and biopsychology majors are permitted to take a maximum of 8 units from the following courses on a passed/not passed basis to fulfill the major requirements for either of the psychology majors: Psychology 143P, 198, 199P. Students who wish to take more than 8 units of the above courses or any other psychology courses on a passed/not passed basis may do so. However, such courses will not apply to the major requirements.

Bachelor of Arts—Pre-Psychology (Requirements - PDF)

Bachelor of Science—Pre-Biopsychology (Requirements - PDF)