Psychobiology Major for Transfer Students

Pre-Psychobiology Requirements

TRANSFER STUDENT NOTE: Life science majors are required to complete extensive preparatory courses prior to transfer, therefore, you must be admitted directly into a life science major; you will not be able to change from a non-life science major into a life science major after admission to UCLA. (pg. 19 of the UCLA Transfer Admissions Guide)

All of the following Procedures and Requirements will be strictly enforced:

  • A C or better is required in Psychology 10, Psychology 100A and Psychology 100B. A C- or better is required in all other preparation courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Repetition of any preparation course more than once results in automatic denial of admission to the major.
  • Repetition of more than any two preparation courses results in automatic denial of admission to the major.
  • All preparation courses must be completed by the end of summer quarter following the student’s 1st year at UCLA.

Students who fail to meet any of these preparation requirements will be changed from Pre-Psychobiology to Undeclared.

Preparation Courses for the Psychobiology Major
Complete courses from each box:
Life Sciences 7A & 7B & 7C & 23L
Chemistry 14A & 14B & 14BL & 14C & 14D
or
Chemistry 20A & 20B & 20L & 30A & 30AL & 30B
Life Sciences 30A & 30B & 40 or Statistics 13 
​or
Mathematics 3A & 3B & 3C
or 
Mathematics 31A & 31B & 32A 
Physics 1A & 1B & 1C & 4AL & 4BL
or
Physics 5A & 5B & 5C
Psychology 10
Psychology 100A*
Psychology 100B*

*Must be declared Pre-Psychobiology to enroll.

Psychobiology Major Requirements

Students may declare major standing once all preparation courses are complete, with final grades posted, by requesting a pink petition via email to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (undergraduate@psych.ucla.edu). .

An overall GPA of 2.00 (C) is required in the upper division courses. All Core, Laboratory, and Elective courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Six (6) Core Courses
Select six courses, one from each box:
Psychology 110
Psychology 115*
Psychology 116A or 116B**
Psychology 118 or EE Biol 100 or EE Biol 129***
Psychology 120A or Psychology 120B

Psychology 127A or 127B or 127C**** or Psych 130, or one of 133A-I, Psych 135, Psych 150, or 161

*Psych M117A & M117B & M117C will count in lieu of Psych 115 and 10 units of Psychobiology Electives. Students will not receive any credit unless all three courses have been completed. 

**Major standing & Psych 115 required for enrollment in Psych 116A/B. Neuroscience 101L can be taken in place of Psych 116 if student meets all prerequisites for enrollment.

***Students may complete more than one course from this area. Additional coursework counts toward the 16 elective units.

****No unit or grade credit will be given for taking more than one of the following: Psych 127A, 127B, or 127C.

16 Units of Elective Courses

Select 16 units of graded courses from the following list:

CoursesNotes
EE Biol 112 or 113A or 114ANo more than one course from this group.
EE Biol 100, 102, 105, 106, 110, 111, 115, 117, C119A, 120, 121, 122, 124A*, 129, 135, 164, 170*Only 4 units may be applied toward the major.
Chemistry 153A, 153L
Computational and Systems Biology M187
Life Sciences 107Not open for credit to students who have already completed LS 4.
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics C185A
Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology 100, 104AL, 138, M140, CM156
Neuroscience 102
Physiological Science C130, C144, 146, 147, 166, M173
Psychology 111, 112A-E, M117J, 119A-Y, 124K, 137A, 137G, 152, 160, 161, 162, 164, M166, 186D 191CH** M117A & M117B & M117C*****Prior approval required. Check with the Undergraduate Advising Office.***M117A, & M117B, & M117C will count in lieu of Psych 115 and 10 units of Psychobiology electives. Students will not receive any Psychobiology elective credit unless all three classes have been completed.