The Behavioral Science/Psychology Double Major

This is a major for students who are preparing for careers in counseling, industrial psychology, health care, or education. The Behavioral Science Program is designed for students who wish to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on human behavior. Students may focus their studies on psychology to pursue a behavioral science/psychology double major. This major allows students to integrate courses from anthropology, psychology, and sociology to better understand human behavior. 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 behavioral science/psychology double 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/Psychology Double Majors must take Psyc120 (Advanced Topics in Research: Experimental Designs) (3 units).

Note:  This research methods class fulfills one course requirement for the psychology area.


| Psyc120 |

Note:Psyc001, Psyc018 and Stat095 are prerequisites for Psyc120


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

Stat 095


Behavioral Science Psychology Double Majors are required to take Psyc001 ( General Psychology), Psyc030 ( Introductory Psychobiology), Psyc102 (Child Psychology), and Psyc110 (Abnormal Psychology) (12 units).

Double majors must also take either Stat115 (Intermediate Statistics), or Psyc117 (Psychological Tests and Measures) (3 units).

Behavioral Science/Psychology Double Majors are required to take at least one course from each of these three sets of options (9 units):

1. Psyc135 (Cognition) or Psyc155 (Human Learning) or Psyc158 (Perception)

2. Psyc139 (Psychology of Personality) or Psyc154 (Social Psychology)

3. Psyc129 (Neuroscience) or Psyc160 (Clinical Psychology) or Psyc170 (Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

4. Psyc 193 (Behavioral Science in Practice

One addition upper division psychology course (3 units) and one more upper or lower division course (3 units) completes the psychology requirement for the double major.  With the Research Methods course above you will take a total of 33 units in psychology.

Note:A maximum of two lower division courses (6 units) may be taken to fulfill the psychology requirements.

Psyc001 | Psyc030 | Psyc102 | Psyc110

Stat115 or Psyc117 | Psyc135 or Psyc155 or Psyc158

Stat139 or Psyc154 |


Behavioral Science/Psychology Double Majors are required to take Anth011 (3 units) and an additional three upper division anthropology courses (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.

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/Psychology DoubleMajors are required to take Soci001, Soci101 (6 units) and an additional two upper division sociology courses (6 units) for a total of 12 units in sociology.

Soci001 | Soci101 | Soci 102-Soci199H


In addition to the 61 units for the double major listed here, you must also complete 45 general education units, 2 physical education units and 16 more elective units (120 total units) to complete the requirements for a BA degree.

Of the 51 general education units required by the university 6 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 6 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. Psyc100W).  The Department of Psychology strongly recommends that students double majoring in behavioral science and psychology take Psyc100W to fulfill this requirement.  The 100W courses offered by the different departments are tailored to provide students with writing experiences in that particular discipline's writing style.

| Psyc100W | Soci100W | Anth100W