Behavioral Sciences Major

This is a major for students who are interested in business, sales, and management careers, or who do not wish to develop a specialization in anthropology, psychology or sociology. The interdepartmental behavioral science major is for the student who desires a broad-based, interdisciplinary perspective on human behavior. This major allows students to integrate courses from anthropology, psychology, and sociology to better understand human behavior. Students complete twelve course units each in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, plus six additional units in one of these three disciplines. Three departments cooperatively offer the Behavioral Science Program—Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology—although the Department of Anthropology administers and provides the advising for the four behavioral science majors.

Skills Developed in this Degree

The interdepartmental behavioral science major provides students with a flexible and broad foundational knowledge of human behavior. Students develop broad skills in collecting data, logically and consistently analyzing data, communicating clearly, and problem solving. The knowledge and skills behavioral science students learn help prepare them for a variety of jobs that require using social science data and working with other people.


Be sure to consult a departmental advisor to clarify your graduation requirements. This page is not an official university document and is provided for your convenience only.

Research Methods

Behavioral Science Majors must take one of the five research methods classes offered for this major by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology (3 units).

Note:  Whichever research methods class you select will fulfill one of the four courses required for that discipline area.


Anth 149 | Anth 165 | Psyc018 | Psyc120 | Soci104

Note: Stat095 is a prerequisite for Psyc018; and Psyc001, Psyc018 and Stat095 are prerequisites for Psyc120.


Behavioral Science Majors must take a statistics class in support of the major (3 units).

Stat095 | Soci015 | Soci102


Behavioral Science Majors are required to take Anth011 (3 units) and an additional two or three upper division anthropology courses (6-9 units*) for a total of 12 units in anthropology.

Note: A three unit maximum of Individual Studies, Anth180, may be applied to this requirement.
* See: Note in Research Methods above.

Anth011 | Anth102 to Anth 198

(Anth180, Anth184, Anth187, and Anth195 are special courses and may only be taken as appropriate and with the approval of your advisor.)


Behavioral Science Majors are required to take Psyc001(3 units), one or two upper division psychology courses (3-6 units*), and an additional upper or lower division psychology course (3 units) for a total of 12 units in psychology.

Note: A maximum of two lower division courses (6 units) may be taken to fulfill the psychology requirements.
* See: Note in Research Methods above.

Psyc001 | Psyc030-196H


Behavioral Science Majors are required to take Soci001, Soci101(6 units) and an additional one or two upper division sociology courses (3-6 units*) for a total of 12 units in sociology.

*See: Note in Research Methods above

Soci001 | Soci101 | Soci 102-Soci199H

Note: Soci001 is a prerequisite for most sociology courses.


Behavioral Science Majors are required select an emphasis for their major by taking two additional upper division courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology, and Anth 193 (7 units).

Bachelor's Degree

In addition to the 46 units for the major listed here, you must also complete 36 general education units, 2 physical education units and 37 more elective units (120 total units) to complete the requirements for a BA degree.

Note: Of the 51 general education units required by the university 15 may be satisfied by specific major and support requirements. Double counting of transfer units may also change the number of elective units needed. A maximum of 3 units of advanced GE can be taken within the major. Consult your major advisor for details.


Area Z of the General Education requirements is a Writing course (e.g. Anth100W). Interdepartmental Behavioral Science Majors may select the course which is most convenient to their schedule.

Anth100W | Psyc100W | Soci100W