Requirements for the Major

Students admitted to the major prior to fall 2016 have the option of completing the old requirements or switching to the new major.

Please meet with an advisor to discuss your options and get an individualized academic plan. Advisor contact information is available here.

To plan your Psychology major, refer to the major checklist. Below are some sample plans and a worksheet to help guide you in the planning process:

Major Requirements

  • 56 total psychology credit hours
  • 48 upper division psychology credit hours (includes 16 at UO)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in psychology coursework required

PSY 410 courses (except for Evolutionary Psychology) count toward elective credits only. All courses, except electives, must be taken graded. Electives may be taken P/N and students must receive a P.


Each class equals 4 credits, taken graded.

  • PSY 201 and PSY 202 ( must receive a C or higher)
  • WR 121 and WR 122 OR WR 123 (WR 122 or 123 is a prerequisite for PSY 303)
  • Math 243 or Math 246 or higher as a prerequisite for PSY 302

Upper Division Methods/Foundations

Each class equals 4 credits, taken graded; must receive a C- or higher.

  • PSY 301 (prerequisite for PSY 302)
  • PSY 302 (prerequisite for PSY 303 OR substitute Math 343, 425, 461, 462)
  • PSY 303 (prerequisite for 400-level courses; PSY 201, 202, 301, & 302 must be completed before 303)


Each class equals 4 credits, taken graded; must receive a C- or higher.

  • Choose 3 courses from PSY304-309, must include PSY304 or 305 (PSY201 or PSY202 pre-requisites for this level; see course schedule for specifics).

Upper Division Specialty

Each class equals 4 credits; 12 credit hours required taken graded; must receive a C- or higher. Many courses have pre-requisites; review the course listings for details.

  • Select at least 3 courses from:
PSY 410 Evolution PsychPSY 433PSY 449PSY 459PSY 475PSY 480
PSY 410 StereotypePSY 436PSY 450PSY 468PSY 476 
PSY 410 Forensic PsychPSY 438PSY 457PSY 472PSY 478 
PSY 420PSY 445PSY 458PSY 473PSY 479 


Minimum 12 credits, 8 credits must be from 300-400 level content courses in psychology (or LING 396, or HPHY 333). Elective courses must be taken graded (must receive a C- or higher) or P/N and must be passed.

**Note: Only 4 credits of PSY 401 and/or 409 will count toward the major elective requirements.

LING 396 — students will not be given psychology major credit for LING 396 if they also take PSY 440.

Only PSY 410 Evolutionary Psychology counts toward core course requirements. All other PSY 410 courses count as elective credits only.