Requirements Chart

The Requirements Charts below are based on graduating year and then by track. Requirements are listed in the left-hand column.

Which set of requirements you follow is determined by the class under which you entered the college. For example, a student who entered the college in 2010 is part of the Class of 2014, and even if she takes a leave from the college and graduates in 2015, she must follow the requirements for the Class of 2015. Please scroll down to view the Requirements Chart for the Classes of 2010 to 2014.

Please note that Psychology does NOT permit Joint Concentrations.

Click Here for more Psychology Concentration Information in the Harvard College Handbook.

 

Requirements Chart I. Classes of 2015 and beyond

All courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of Psy 985, 990, 992 or 993, which are graded SAT/UNSAT.

General Track

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the General Track.

Click here to download a PDF of the Requirements Chart for the Class of 2015 and beyond.

General Track

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Half-Courses 12 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or sophomore Science of Living Systems 20 Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 971 Psy 971
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-) Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods sophomore or junior 1 course: choice of Psy 1901 or lab course from list 2 courses: Psy 1901 and lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses 2 courses
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs are
fulfilled (typically
junior or senior year)
6 courses 5 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior -- Psy 990, full-year
Track-Specific Courses -- --
Additional Requirements   -- College GPA = 3.5
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the MBB Track.

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Requirements Year Taken Cognitive Science/MBB Track (thesis required)
Total Half-Courses 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or
sophomore
Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 971
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods sophomore or junior 2 courses: Psy 1901 and lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses: MCB 80 and 1 other
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs
are fulfilled
(typically junior
or senior year)

4 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior Psy 992, full year
Track-Specific Courses first, sophomore, or junior MBB Seminar
Additional Requirements College GPA=3.5
MBB Track Application by Nov 1 of Junior Year
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology Track

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the Life Sciences Track.

Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology Track
(formerly Social & Cognitive Neuroscience)

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Half-Courses 12 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or sophomore Science of Living Systems 20 Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 975 Psy 975
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-) Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods sophomore or junior 1 course: choice of Psy 1901 or lab course from list 2 courses: Psy 1901 and lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses: one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14 2 courses: one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs are fulfilled (typically
junior or senior year)

3 courses 2 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior -- Psy 993, full-year
Track-Specific Courses
3 life science courses from list. One must be LPSA, LS 1a or LS 1b.
3 life science courses from list. One must be LPSA, LS 1a or LS 1b.
Additional Requirements   -e-mail psychology at psychology@wjh.harvard.edu declare this track
-e-mail psychology at psychology@wjh.harvard.edu declare this track
College GPA = 3.5
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

Secondary Field

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the Secondary Field in Psychology.

Requirements Year Taken Cognitive Science/MBB Track (thesis required)
Total Half-Courses 6
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or
sophomore
Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore --
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 100/101/102/104 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods sophomore or junior --
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 1 course
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs
are fulfilled
(typically junior
or senior year)
3 (click here for restrictions on advanced courses for the secondary field)
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior --
Track-Specific Courses first, sophomore, or junior --
Additional Requirements -Notify department using Secondary Field Webtool
-File forms online, print and have signed by UG office
-Turn signed form in to Registrar by deadline in final term

 

 

Requirements Chart II. Classes of 2010 to 2014

All courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of Psy 985, 990, 992 or 993, which are graded SAT/UNSAT.

Secondary Field Requirements

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the Secondary Field in Psychology.

Requirements Year Taken Cognitive Science/MBB Track (thesis required)
Total Half-Courses 6
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or
sophomore
Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial --
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 100/101/102/104 (min grade of C-)
Advanced Methods --
Lab Methods --
Research Methods --
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 1 course
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs
are fulfilled
(typically junior
or senior year)
3 (click here for restrictions on advanced courses for the secondary field)
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior --
Track-Specific Courses first, sophomore, or junior --
Additional Requirements -Notify department using Secondary Field Webtool
-File forms online, print and have signed by UG office
-Turn signed form in to Registrar by deadline in final term

Life Sciences

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the Life Sciences Track.

Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology Track
(formerly Social & Cognitive Neuroscience)

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Half-Courses 12 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or sophomore Science of Living Systems 20 Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 975 Psy 975
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-) Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Advanced Methods sophomore or junior Psy 1901 a, b, c, or d Psy 1901 a, b, c, or d
Lab Methods sophomore or junior Lab course from list Lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses: one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14 2 courses: one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs are fulfilled (typically
junior or senior year)

3 courses 2 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior -- Psy 993, full-year
Track-Specific Courses
3 life science courses from list. One must be LPSA, LS 1a or LS 1b.
3 life science courses from list. One must be LPSA, LS 1a or LS 1b.
Additional Requirements   -e-mail psychology at psychology@wjh.harvard.edu declare this track
-e-mail psychology at psychology@wjh.harvard.edu declare this track
College GPA = 3.5
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the MBB Track.

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Requirements Year Taken Cognitive Science/MBB Track (thesis required)
Total Half-Courses 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or
sophomore
Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 971
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Advanced Methods sophomore or junior PSY 1901 a, b, c, or d
Lab Methods sophomore or junior Lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses: MCB 80 and 1 other
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs
are fulfilled
(typically junior
or senior year)
4 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior Psy 992, full year
Track-Specific Courses first, sophomore, or junior MBB Seminar
Additional Requirements College GPA=3.5
MBB Track Application by Nov 1 of Junior Year
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

General Track Requirements

Click here to learn more about the requirements for the General Track.

General Track

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Half-Courses 12 14
Introductory Course 
(formerly Tier 1) (see Advanced Placement Scores)
first or sophomore Science of Living Systems 20 Science of Living Systems 20
Sophomore Tutorial sophomore Psy 971 Psy 971
Basic Methods sophomore Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-) Psy 1900 or Stat 101 (min grade of C-)
Advanced Methods sophomore or junior PSY 1901 a, b, c, or d PSY 1901 a, b, c, or d
Lab Methods sophomore or junior -- Lab course from list
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) sophomore 2 courses 2 courses
Advanced Courses (formerly Electives) After prereqs are
fulfilled (typically
junior or senior year)
6 courses 5 courses
Honors Thesis Tutorial senior -- Psy 990, full-year
Track-Specific Courses -- --
Additional Requirements   -- College GPA = 3.5
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year