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Psychology

The psychology program at UC Davis is broad and includes students and faculty with a variety of interests. The department has developed around five major areas of emphasis:

  • Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience (PCCN) involves the study of awareness and thought, and includes such topics as perception, learning, memory, language and cognition.
  • Biological Psychology covers a broad spectrum of topics including evolutionary, neurobiological, and molecular mechanisms of behavior.
  • Social-Personality Psychology involves the study of the individual in his or her social environment and includes such topics as personality and individual differences, emotions, stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, the psychology of religion and psychological health and dysfunction.
  • Developmental Psychology involves the study of changes in behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and social abilities that occur throughout the lifespan. Typical and atypical development is examined using a variety of methods including behavioral, neuroimaging, and physiological assessments.
  • Quantitative Psychology involves the study of linear and nonlinear models, psychometrics, mixed-effects models, and dynamic models, including experimental design, analysis of variance, regression, multivariate analysis, latent growth models, time series models, and factor analytic models.


Graduate Study: The Department offers programs of study and research leading to the Ph.D. degree in psychology. Detailed information regarding graduate study may be obtained on our website.

Graduate Advisor: See http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/graduate.

Recommended for All Majors & Minors: Students who plan to do graduate work in any area of psychology are strongly encouraged to gain experience through research and internship activities.

Requirements: 

Prerequisites:

  • PSC 041 Research Methods in Psychology (4 units)
  • Please note that PSC 001 (or PSC 001Y) is a prerequisite for PSC 041 and all upper division Psychology courses.

20 units

    Choose one course from Group A (4 units)​

    • PSC 100 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (4 units)
      • PSC 100Y Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 130 Human Learning and Memory (4 units)
    • PSC 131 Perception (4 units)
    • PSC 132 Language and Cognition (4 units)
    • PSC 135 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biological Foundations of the Mind (4 units)
    • PSC 136 Psychology of Music (4 units)

    Choose one course from Group B (3-4 units)

    • PSC 101 Introduction to Biological Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 113 Developmental Psychobiology (4 units)
    • PSC 121 Physiological Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 122 Advanced Animal Behavior (4 units)
      • Or NPB 150 Advanced Animal Behavior (4 units)
    • PSC 123 Hormones and Behavior (3 units)
      • Or NPB 150 Advanced Animal Behavior (3 units)
    • PSC 124 Comparative Neuroanatomy​ (3 units)
      • Or NPB 124 Comparative Neuroanatomy (3 units)
    • PSC 125 Behavioral Epigenetics (4 units)
    • PSC 126 Health Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 137 Neurobiology of Learning & Memory (4 units)
    • PSC 159 Gender and Human Reproduction (4 units)

    Choose one course from Group C (4 units)

    • PSC 151 Social Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 152 Social Cognition (4 units)
    • PSC 154 Psychology of Emotion (4 units)
    • PSC 158 Sexual Orientation and Prejudice (4 units)
    • PSC 161 Psychology of the Self (4 units)
    • PSC 162 Introduction to Personality Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 168 Abnormal Psychology (4 units)

    Choose one course from Group D (4 units)

    • HDE 100A Infancy and Early Childhood (4 units)
    • HDE 100B Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4 units)
    • PSC 140 Developmental Psychology (4 units)
    • PSC 141 Cognitive Development (4 units)
      • Or HDE 101 Cognitive Development (4 units)
    • PSC 142 Social and Personality Development (4 units)
      • Or HDE 102 Social and Personality Development
    • PSC 143 Infant Development (4 units)
    • PSC 146 The Development of Memory (4 units)
    • PSC 148 Developmental Disorders (4 units)

    Choose additional upper division PSY courses, or the following approved elective courses, to achieve the 20 unit total (3-8 units)

    • AAS 141 Psychology of the African American Experience (4 units)
    • ANT 132 Psychological Anthropology (4 units)
    • CHI 120 Chicana/ o Psychology  (4 units)
    • CHI 121 Chicana/ o Community Mental Health (4 units)
    • CHI 122 Psychology Perspectives Chicana/o and Latina/o Family (4 units)
    • CHI 123 Psychological perspectives on Chicana/o and Latina/o Children and Adolescents (4 units)
    • CMN 120 Interpersonal Communication (4 units)
    • CMN 122 Nonverbal Communication (4 units)
    • CNS 100 Consumer Behavior (3 units)
    • EDU 110 Educational Psychology: General (4 units)
    • EXB 102 Introduction to Motor Learning and the Psychology of Sport and Exercise (4 units)
    • HDE 100A Infancy and Early Childhood (4 units)
    • HDE 100B Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4 units)
    • HDE 100C Adulthood and Aging (4 units)
    • HDE 117 Longevity (4 units)
    • HDE 163 Cognitive Neuropsychology in Adulthood and Aging (4 units)
    • LIN 171 Introduction to Psycholinguistics (4 units)
    • NPB 102 Animal Behavior (3 units)
    • NPB 168 Neurobiology of Addictive Drugs (4 units)
    • POL 170 Political Psychology (4 units)
    • SOC 126 Social Interaction (4 units)
    • SOC 135 Social Relationships (4 units)
    • SOC 152 Juvenile Delinquency (4 units)
    • SOC 171 Sociology of Violence and Inequality (4 units)

    Total = 20 units

     

    Minor Advisors

    See staff advisors in 101 Young Hall
    psychadvising@ucdavis.edu
    (530) 752-5104