Requirements Chart

The Requirements Charts below are based on graduating year and then by track. Requirements are listed in the left-hand column. These charts are interactive - to find more information about Foundational Courses, Advanced Courses, labs, Life Science-related courses, MBB seminars, etc., click on the underlined links within the charts. You can also click on the track names across the top of the chart for more details about each track.

Which set of requirements you follow is determined by the class under which you entered the college.

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.

Programs -------> 

General Track

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Life Sciences Track

 Secondary Field

Requirement

 (read down)

Year taken 

Regular

Thesis Option

Cognitive Science 

(thesis required)

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

Secondary Field in Psychology

Regular


Thesis Option

Total half-courses

 

12

14

14

12

14

6

Introductory Course - 
 (formerly Tier 1)

(Advanced Placement 
scores
)

first or 
sophomore

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Sophomore Tutorial

sophomore

Psy 971

Psy 971

Psy 971

Psy 975

Psy 975

--


Basic Methods



Research Methods 


sophomore



sophomore
or junior


Psy 1900 or  Stat 101***

1 course:
choice of Psy 1901 or 
lab course from list


Psy 1900  or  Stat 101***

2 courses:
Psy 1901 and
lab course from list



Psy 1900 or  Stat 101*** 

2 courses:
Psy 1901 and
lab course from list


Psy 1900 or  Stat 101*** 


1 course: choice of Psy 1901 or lab course from list


Psy 1900 or  Stat 101*** 


2 courses:
Psy 1901 and lab course from list


Psy 1900 or  Stat 100/101/102/104***



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Foundational Courses
 (formerly Tier 2)

sophomore

2 courses

2 courses

2 courses:
MCB 80 and 1 other

2 courses:
one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14

2 courses:
one must be MCB 80 or Psy 14

1 course

 Advanced Courses
 (formerly Electives)

 

6

5

4

3

2

3 (click here for restrictions on 
advanced courses for the secondary field )

Honors Thesis Tutorial

senior

--

Psy 990, full-year

Psy 992, full-year

--

Psy 993, full-year

--

Track Courses

first;
sophomore; 
junior

--

--

MBB seminar

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.


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Additional Requirements

 

***Min. grade of C-in Basic Methods
Course

***Min. grade of C-
in Basic Methods
Course

-College GPA = 3.5
-Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

***Min. grade of C-
in Basic Methods
Course

-College GPA = 3.5
 -MBB Track Application by Nov 1 of Junior Year
-Thesis Application by
Spring of Junior year

***Min. grade of C-in Basic Methods Course

-e-mail psychology at wjh to declare you are following this track

***Min. grade of C-
in Basic Methods
Course

-e-mail psychology at wjh to declare you are following this track
-College GPA = 3.5
-Thesis application by
Spring of Junior year

***Min. grade of C- in Basic Methods Course

-notify department using Secondary Field Webtool
-File forms online, print and have signed by UG office 
-Turn signed form in to Registrar by 7th Monday of final term

Psychology does not permit Joint Concentrations.
Click Here for more Psychology Concentration Information in the Harvard College Handbook

 

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;

Programs -------> 

General Track

Mind/Brain/Behavior Track

Life Sciences Track

 Secondary Field



Requirement 
(read down)


Year taken 

Regular

Thesis Option

Cognitive Science (thesis required)

Social & Cognitive Neuroscience

Secondary Field in Psychology

Regular

 Thesis Option

Total half-courses

 

12

14

14

12

14

6

Introductory Course 
 (formerly Tier 1)

(Advanced Placement 
scores
)

first or 
sophomore

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Science of Living Systems 20

 

Sophomore Tutorial

sophomore

Psy 971

Psy 971

Psy 971

Psy 975

Psy 975

--

Methods:
   --  Basic

   -- Lab 

   -- Advanced


sophomore

sophomore 
or junior
sophomore
or junior

Psy 1900 or  Stat 101***

--none required

Psy 1901a, b, c, or d

Psy 1900 or  Stat 101***

lab course from list

Psy 1901a, b, c, or d

Psy 1900 or Stat 101*** 

lab course from list

Psy 1901a, b, c, or d

Psy 1900 or  Stat 101*** 

lab course from list

Psy 1901a, b, c, or d

Psy 1900 or  Stat 101*** 

lab course from list

Psy 1901a, b, c, or d

Psy 1900 or Stat 100/101/102/104***

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 Foundational Courses
 (formerly Tier 2)

sophomore

2 courses

2 courses

2 courses:
MCB 80 and 1 other

2 courses:
MCB 80 and 1 other

2 courses:
MCB 80 and 1 other

1 course

 Advanced Courses
 (formerly Electives)

 

6

5

4

2

2

3 (click here for restrictions on 
advanced courses for the secondary field )

Honors Thesis Tutorial

senior

--

Psy 990, full-year

Psy 992, full-year

--

Psy 993, full-year

--

Track Courses

first;
sophomore; 
junior

--

--

MBB seminar

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

 

***Min. grade of C
in Basic Methods
Course

***Min. grade of C
in Basic Methods
Course

-College GPA = 3.5
-Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year

***Min. grade of C
in Basic Methods
Course

-College GPA = 3.5
 -MBB Track Application by Nov 1 of Junior Year
 -Thesis Application by
Spring of Junior year

***Min. grade of C
in Basic Methods
Course

-e-mail psychology at wjh to declare you are following this track

***Min. grade of C
in Basic Methods
Course

-e-mail psychology at wjh to declare you are following this track
-College GPA = 3.5
-Thesis application by
Spring of Junior year

***Min. grade of C in Basic Methods Course

-notify department using 
Secondary Field Webtool
-File forms online, print and have signed by UG office 
-Turn signed form in to Registrar by 7th Monday of final term


Joint Concentrations: Applications will no longer be accepted for Joint Concentrations for the Class of 2010 and beyond.