Psychology

Navigating Introductory Course Options in Psychology

Important Info

  • PSY 101 Foundations in Psychological Science is the first course in our new introductory psychology sequence. Recommendations for the second course in the sequence differ for majors and non-majors.
  • PSY 200 labs count as Data Collection & Analysis for Group III requirements
  • During the 4-year transition, any of the following will satisfy the intro requirements for PSY majors:
    • PSY 121 and PSY 122
    • PSY 121 OR PSY 122 AND any other course in the department excluding PSY 201-209
    • PSY 101 and PSY 200 (4 modules, 0.25 units each = 1 unit)

First Course: PSY 101: Foundations in Psychological Science Lecture (1 unit)

  • Pre-requisite: none
  • Must take Lecture (T/TH)
  • Must take one Concept Lab (M or W or F)
  • Must take one Applied Lab (M or W or F)
  • Concept and Applied Lab must be taken on the same day
  • When signing up for Concept Lab, you will have two Applied Lab options to choose from that same day (e.g. Monday Concept Lab; Applied Lab Monday either 12-12:50 or 1:00-1:50)
  • Note: 60 spots have been reserved for incoming freshman, leaving 36 spots for continuing students with priority given to intended Psychology or Neuroscience majors

Second Course Options for Potential Psychology or Neuroscience Majors

PSY 200: Psychological Science Labs (must take four labs to total 1 unit)

  1. Pre-requisite: PSY 101 or currently enrolled in PSY 101
  2. Lab modules to choose from: PSY 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 207, 209
  3. Each lab module is offered twice in a given semester, meets once a week for 80 minutes, and is 0.25 units
  4. Students must sign up for either 2 (0.5 units) or 4 (1 unit) lab modules in a given semester
  5. If signing up for 2 different lab sections: take 1 in the first half of the semester, take 1 in the second half of the semester
  6. If signing up for 4 different lab sections, take 2 in the first half of the semester, take 2 in the second half of the semester
  7. Students cannot sign up for 2 in the first half of the semester and 0 in the second half of the semester or vice versa
  8. Students cannot sign up for 1 in the first half of the semester and 0 in the second half of the semester or vice versa

Second Course Options for Non-majors

Any other 200 level Psychology course or 300 level Psychology course that has no pre-req except for PSY 101

  1. PSY 200 labs are NOT recommended
  2. 200 level courses to choose from: PSY 217, 221, 223
  3. 300 level courses to choose from: PSY 319, 322, 323, 324, 330, 333*, 336, 337, 342, 351, 361*, 366*, 367, 373*, 381*, 393*
    Please note:
    *meets the Data Collection and Analysis Group III Requirement