Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog 
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog

Psychology Major

Requirements for the Major

A major in Psychology requires a minimum of 8.5 upper-division courses plus a senior thesis. Upper-division psychology courses are those at Scripps above the 100 level and all those on other campuses requiring Introduction to Psychology as a prerequisite. PSYC052 SC  is prerequisite to all upper-division psychology courses. Students may petition the psychology faculty to fulfill this requirement by taking a suitable course elsewhere, by completion of a high school AP Psychology course and receiving a score of 4 or 5, or IB HL Psychology course and score of 5, 6, or 7, or by special examination.

In addition to taking PSYC052 or an approved equivalent, Psychology majors will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in research methods and statistics by taking the following courses at Scripps:
  • Take at least six upper-division courses in Psychology. Within those six courses, the following requirements must be met:
    • Take at least one upper-division course in each of the following two areas:
      1. Human function in a social context including courses such as: human development, personality, abnormal, cultural, or social psychology.
      2. Basic processes including courses such as: cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, perception, psychopharmacology, learning, or physiological psychology.
    • At least two of the six upper-division courses must be taken at Scripps.
  • Complete a senior thesis.


Honors Requirements

Outstanding senior psychology majors may be granted Honors in Psychology at graduation. To earn honors, students must have:

  • Earned a major grade point average of at least 3.67;
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5;
  • Completed PSYC143 SC  or PSYC144 SC  or PSYC145 SC  or PSYC182 SC /NEUR182 SC ;
  • Presented an exceptional senior thesis earning a grade of A or A- on a 1- or 2-semester thesis;
  • Demonstrated breadth of study in psychology; and
  • Mentored research and/or teaching experience in psychology.