This degree is designed to provide students with a foundation in the science of psychology. Psychology majors will acquire the ability to survey theories critically, research the major areas of psychology, use descriptive and inferential statistics, design and conduct research, and write reports using analysis, argumentation, and proper psychological style. This major prepares students for career opportunities in fields such as teaching, research, and/or clinical practice. Competencies will be assessed regularly by evaluating student performance on exams, essays, and reports.
El Camino College Major Requirements
Psychology 5, 7, 9A, 9B;
Two courses from: Psychology 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 21, 22
Total Units: 20
Preparation for the Transfer Major
The following transfer guide sheets provide the lower division requirements or prerequisites for a specific major at a four-year university. Students will also need to complete transfer admission and general education requirements for the university they plan to attend. Not all majors and universities are provided in this list. For a more complete listing, please check ASSIST for CSU and UC campuses.
The information on these documents is subject to change without notice. Please review a current catalog of the transfer campus, the ASSIST website, and consult with a counselor for more information.
NOTE: Math 73 or 80 is a prerequisite to Psychology 9AB. Some universities accept Math 150 for Psychology 9A.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Psychology 5, Psychology 9A or Sociology 109 or Math 150; Psychology 9B
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON
Psychology 5, 9A-9B
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
IMPACTED – impacted major admission requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester for fall admission consideration. Students should check the impacted majors’ website for additional admissions information. Grades of C or better are required for the major requirements.
Required admissions major requirements: Psychology 5, 9B; Math 150 or Psychology 9A or Sociology 109;
highly recommended: Psychology 7
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
English 1C; Psychology 5, 7; Psychology 9A or Math 150 or Sociology 109
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Psychology 5, 7, Math 150 or Psychology 9A or Sociology 109
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
IMPACTED- Psychology 5, 7, 16; Biology 10; Psychology 9A or Sociology 109 or Math 150; Students should complete major preparation courses with a grade of C or better.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Anthropology 1; Psychology 5 (may be satisfied by a score of 4 or better on the AP Psychology exam); Math 150 or Psychology 9A (may be satisfied by a score of 4 or better on the AP Statistics exam);
Two courses from: Biology 10 or Biology 101 and 102 and 103 (the entire sequence will fulfill this requirement in full), Physiology 31, Anatomy 30, or 32. This area may be satisfied with a score of 4 or better on the AP Biology exam.
Two courses from: Anthropology 2, Political Science 1, 2, Sociology 101.
*Students must complete either 1) UCB’s L & S requirement in reading and composition, foreign language, and quantitative reading or 2) IGETC by the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Psychology: Psychology 5 & 7 & 8 or 15; one additional Psychology course from: Psychology 9A, 9B, 10, 16;
two courses selected from: Anthropology 1 or 2, Economics 5, Political Science 3, Sociology 101; Highly recommended: Math 150 or Psychology 9A or Sociology 109
Psychology and Social Behavior: Psychology 5, 7, 8 or 15; Psychology 9B; Math 150 or Psychology 9A or Sociology 109
*Note: while not required for admission, all Social Sciences majors must satisfy a mathematics requirement and a computer education course. Courses that students can take at ECC to satisfy the requirement are Math 190 and Computer Science 3 and 30 or take courses at UCI, students should refer to www.assist.org for further information.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES.
B.A. in Psychology: Psychology 5; Biology 10 or 101-102; one physical science course from: Chemistry 4 or 21A or 1A, Physics 2A or 11 or 3A or 1A; Phil 2 or 3 or 5 or 7 or 8 or 10 or 11 or 23; one quantitative reasoning course from: Math 150 or Psychology 9A or Math 140 or Computer Science 1 or Math 160 or Math 190 (Statistics is strongly recommended as preparation for upper division course work)
B.S. in Cognitive Science: Mathematics 190 & 191; Psychology 5; Biology 10 or 101-102; Physics 2A or Physics 11 or 3A or 1A; Chemistry 4 or 21A or 1A; Philosophy 5 or 8; Computer Science 1
B.S. in Psychobiology: Psychology 5; Biology 101-102 and 1C; Chemistry 1A and 1B; Chemistry 7A and 7B; Mathematics 160 and 161 and Math 3C (taken at UCLA) or Mathematics 190 and 191; Physics 3A and 3B or 1A, 1C and 1D (*this is a highly selective major, a significant number of preparatory courses should be completed before transfer)
Note: UCLA’s Psychology Department recommends that you complete one quantitative reasoning course in statistics as preparation for upper division work. Transfer students must be admitted as Pre-Psychology majors in order to major in Psychology. Students originally admitted under other majors will not be permitted to change their major to Pre-Psychology or Psychology or to double major in Psychology. Only two major preparation courses are allowed during the spring semester. All other major preparation work needs to be completed by the preceding fall.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
Psychology: Psychology 5 and Psychology 9A and 9B; one course from each group: (A) Math 180; (B) one course from Biology 10, 101, 102 or Biology 8 and 11; (C) one course from: Chemistry 1A & 1B, 20; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 3A, 3B; Astronomy 20, 25; (D) two additional courses from areas B) or C)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
Psychology 5, 7, 9B; select one statistics course from Psychology 9A or Math 150 or Sociology 109; Math 160 or 190
*Note: Students are admitted as a pre-major. Admission to the major is contingent upon completion of major preparation.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
B.A. Psychology: Math 190 and 191; Math 220 or Philosophy 8. Three courses from: Biology 10, Biology 101-102, Chemistry 4, 1A, 1B, Physics 11, 3A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, Physiology 31. One introduction to computer programming course: Computer Science 1; One statistics course: Psychology 9A, Math 150, or Sociology 109
B.S. Psychology: same requirements as the B.A. except Math 220 is required
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
Psychology 5, 7, 9A or Sociology 109; Anatomy 30; Mathematics 150; Philosophy 5 or 8
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Psychology 5, Mathematics 140 or 160-161 or 180 or 190