Introductory Course

Psychology 1, Introduction to Psychological Science meets the Introductory Course requirement as listed in the Requirements Chart

If taken prior to Fall 2019, Science of Living Systems 20 or Science of Living Systems 20S can also be used for this requirement.

PSY S-1, Introductory Psychology, taken in the Harvard Summer School may also meet this requirement.
 

How AP or IB Psych Counts Toward Psychology Requirements
 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING WITH THE CLASS OF 2019 AND BEYOND... 

  • Scores of 5 on the Advanced Placement Exam and 7 on the International Baccalaureate will exempt both Psychology concentrators and secondary field students from the Introductory Course requirement. HOWEVER, this will not reduce the total number of courses required for the concentration by one. An extra Advanced Course is required in lieu of the Introductory Course.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING WITH THE CLASS OF 2018 AND EARLIER... 

  • For Psychology concentrators, scores of 5 on the Advanced Placement Exam and 7 on the International Baccalaureate will fulfill the concentration's Introductory Course requirement and reduce the number of total courses required for concentration by one.
  • For Psychology secondary field students, an AP score of 5 or IB score of 7 will exempt students from the Introductory Course requirement, but will not reduce the total number of courses from 6. An extra Advanced Course is required in lieu of the Introductory Course.
     

How AP or IB Psych Meets Introductory Prerequistes
 

An AP score of 5 or an IB score of 7 on the psychology exam will meet the Introductory Course prerequisites for Foundational and Advanced Courses in psychology. 

The opportunity to gain an overview of psychology from a leading researcher may be valuable to you even if you are exempt from the Introductory Course. You need not enroll in PSY 1, but may consider attending some of the Psychology lectures, particularly those on topics that you did not cover in high school or that you are particularly interested in. 

If your AP/IB score does not appear on your student record, you must provide documentation to the Psychology Undergraduate Office.