Requirements Chart

The requirements chart below is for concentration and Psychology students based on track. Click here for more Psychology Concentration Information in the Harvard College Handbook.

Please note that Psychology does NOT permit joint concentrations, but we do encourage other pathways to interdisciplinary work.
 

Requirements Chart for Classes of 2015 and Beyond
 

All courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Psychology 985, 990, 992 or 993, which are graded SAT/UNSAT.
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Note: Elsewhere on Harvard websites, you may come across the term "half-course." A half-course is a course that takes one semester to complete (rather than a full year), and is typically worth 4 credits. Because most Psychology courses are technically "half-courses," we find it easier to simply use the term "course" to refer to these.

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

General Track

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Courses   12 14
Introductory Course 
(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 (min grade of C-) PSY 1900 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods Sophomore or Junior 1 course: choice of PSY 1901 or qualifying Lab Course 2 courses: PSY 1901 and qualifying Lab Course
Foundational Courses Sophomore 2 courses 2 courses
Advanced Courses 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 due by Spring of Junior Year.

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

MBB: Cognitive Science Track

Requirements Year Taken Cognitive Science/MBB Track (thesis required)
Total 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 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods Sophomore or Junior 2 courses: PSY 1901 and qualifying Lab Course
Foundational Courses (formerly Tier 2) Sophomore 2 courses: NEURO 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 due by Nov. 1 of Junior Year.
Thesis Application due by Spring of Junior Year.

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

Life Sciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology Track

Requirement Year Taken Regular Track Thesis Option
Total Courses   12 14
Introductory Course (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 (min grade of C-) PSY 1900 (min grade of C-)
Research Methods Sophomore or Junior 1 course: choice of PSY 1901 or qualifying Lab Course 2 courses: PSY 1901 and qualifying Lab Course
Foundational Courses Sophomore 2 courses: one must be NEURO 80 or PSY 14 2 courses: one must be NEURO 80 or PSY 14
Advanced Courses 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, LS 1B, or LS50A. 3 Life Science courses from list. One must be LPSA, LS 1A, LS 1B, or LS 50A.
Additional Requirements   Please e-mail psychology@wjh.harvard.edu to declare this track.

College GPA = 3.5
Thesis Application by Spring of Junior Year.
Please e-mail psychology@wjh.harvard.edu to declare this track.

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

Requirements Year Taken Secondary Field
Total 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 100/102/104 (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 my.harvard.edu once available.
File forms online, print and have signed by UG office.
Turn signed form in to Registrar by deadline in final term.