Psychology, BA

Studies in psychology introduce students to contemporary understandings of how organisms perceive, learn, think and interact with one another, how they develop, how they are motivated and how, individually and as members of species, they may be compared with one another. Psychology at Penn is a diverse discipline, with topics ranging from neuroscience to psychopathology.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.

A mininum GPA of 2.0 is required.

6 course units of Psychology courses must be taken at the University of Pennsylvania.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Psychology
PSYC 0001Introduction to Experimental Psychology (or Replacement PSYC course) 21
Biological Basis of Behavior:
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Physiology of Motivated Behavior
Cognitive Neuroscience
Select 1 course unit of Lecture1
Cognitive Basis of Behavior:
Select one of the following:1
Language and Thought
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Select 1 course unit of Lecture1
Social Science Bases of Behavior:
Select one of the following:1
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Select 1 course unit of Lecture1
Research Experience
PSYC 4998Mentored Research1-2
Select one of the following approved courses:1
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics (day or summer only)
Introductory Statistics
Statistical Inference
Statistics for Biologists
Statistics for Economists
Social Statistics
Statistics for Research and Measurement
Quantitative Analysis of Anthropological Data
Elective Psychology Courses
Select 2 course units in Psychology2
Select 2 course units in Psychology or Approved Psychology Cognate Electives2
Approved Psychology Cognate Electives:
Sex and Human Nature
Psychology of Asian Americans
Chronobiology and Sleep
Functional Neuroanatomy
Developmental Neurobiology
Functional Imaging of the Human Brain
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Autism
Stress Neuroscience
Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders
Clinical Psychopharmacology
Biopsychosocial Criminology
Strategic Reasoning
Psychology of Women
Educational Psychology
Mindfulness and Human Development (SNF Paideia Program Course)
Psychology of Personal Growth
Language Acquisition
Philosophy and Visual Perception
Philosophy of Psychology
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Total Course Units33-34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Replacement PSYC course if PSYC 0001 Introduction to Experimental Psychology waived by an AP score of 5.


Select 1 course unit of Second Statistics1
PSYC 49970.5
PSYC 4997Senior Honors Seminar in Psychology0.5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.