Courses

Psychology offers a broad array of courses across many different areas within our field. To help our students get the most out of our courses, we have designed a structured course progression.  

Students start with an Introductory Course, followed by Foundational Courses that provide a more in-depth survey of one of the major sub-areas of psychology, and eventually choose Advanced Courses in various specialized areas (which have introductory and foundational courses as prerequisites). In parallel, students take a statistics course, get hands-on experience with research through working in a lab for credit and/or taking a methods course, and take an intimate sophomore tutorial that provides the opportunity to develop critical thinking and writing skills.

See the Requirements Chart for more information about the specific requirements. 

Recommended First Courses:

At a minimum, all students should take the Introductory Course: Science of Living Systems 20, Psychological Science (SLS 20) as early as possible. Students who received a qualifying score on the AP or IB psychology exam can choose to begin in a Foundational Course.

Students planning to complete the Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology (life sciences) track should also take one of the following in their first year: Life and Physical Sciences A, Life Sciences 1a,  Life Sciences 1b or Life Science 50A