BA Psychology

Major Checklist

Psychology (BA) checklist/course plan [word] [pdf]

The program checklist can be used to keep track of prerequisites and your progress toward completing the requirements of the major. 


Official requirements are available in the University Registrar Undergraduate Academic Record, and summarized below.

Prerequisites to Declare the Major

The prerequisite courses list below must be completed and graded before you qualify to declare the major.  Transferred coures meeting these descriptions may be used as prerequisite courses.  Grades of at least “C” are required for each (exceptions apply for COVID related grading options, view the policy for guidance):

  • *STAT-1601 Introduction to Data Science with R  -or-  one of the folllowing approved courses: 

    • STAT 3080: From Data to Knowledge

    • PSYC 3310: RM: R Applications in Psychology

    • STAT 1602: Introduction to Data Science with Python 

      • [Please note: for students who are using STAT 1602 (courses that are more Python-based), the major requirement of PSYC 3006 will expect students to be able to use R effectively.]

  • *PSYC-2005 Research Methods & Data Analysis I.

  • Two 2000-level PSYC courses from two different “pillars”. (Intro to Psychology, e.g., PSYC-1010, or a score of at least 3 in AP Psychology, can satisfy one of these 2000-level prerequisites, but does not contribute credit toward the major)

  • A GPA of at least 2.00 for all psychology courses taken at UVa.

*These courses satisfy the Quantitative, Computational, and Data Analysis requirement of the new College of Arts & Sciences curriculum

Major Requirements

  • A total of 34 credits must be earned in PSYC courses (not including Introductory Psychology).  Grades of at least “C” are required for all courses counting toward the major.  With the exception of PSYC-3590, courses with S/US grades do not count for the major. 

  • A GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained in all PSYC courses taken at UVa, including those with grades too low to count toward the 34 credits. If a course is repeated, both grades are counted in the psychology GPA. 

  • Students receiving grades of “C-” or lower in three psychology courses and having less than a 2.00 GPA in all psychology classes will not be permitted to continue in the major.

The 34 credits must include the following components:

A. Fundamentals of Psychology (4 courses, 12 credits from 2000-level courses)

These have no prerequisites. One course must be completed from each of the following four 2000-level pillars:

  • Pillar I: Cognitive Psychology (1 course, 3 credits)

    • PSYC-2150 Cognitive Psychology

    • PSYC-2160 Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Pillar II: Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (1 course, 3 credits)

    • PSYC-2200 Neural Basis of Behavior

    • Note. BIOL 3050 fulfills this pillar requirement, but does not count toward the 34 hours required for the psychology major. Students using BIOL3050 to satisfy the Pillar II requirement must take an additional PSYC course to fulfil the 34-credit degree requirement (please note: only 3 credit hours of PSYC 3590 Research in Psychology can be used towards the 34 credit hours required for the major).

  • Pillar III: Developmental Psychology (1 course, 3 credits)

    • PSYC-2700 Child Development

  • Pillar IV: Clinical and Social Psychology (1 course, 3 credits)

    • PSYC-2410 Abnormal Psychology

    • PSYC-2600 Social Psychology

B. Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 courses, 10 credits) 

  • PSYC-2005 Research Methods and Data Analysis I (a prereq for the major) and

  • PSYC-3006 Research Methods and Data Analysis I.   These courses lay the foundation for understanding scientific analysis and reporting, and are best completed as soon as possible (preferably by fall semester of third-year). [Please note: Students who are using STAT 1602 or DS 2001 as a prerequisite course (which are more Python-based) are expected to be able to use R effectively for PSYC 3006.  Please contact the professor for PSYC 3006 for more information on R expectations for for PSYC 3006.

  • PSYC RM (Research Methods) Topics Course.  Students must also take one advanced research methods (RM) topic course at the 3000, 4000,or 5000-level.  Visit the coure planning page for a list of approved Adanced Research Methods (RM) courses

C. Advanced Topics and Electives in Psychology  (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • One course (3 credits) may be at the 2000-level or higher (beyond the 12 credits required in Fundamentals).

  • At least two courses must be completed at 3000-level or higher.

  • At least least one course must be at the 4000-level or higher. Courses at the 4000- and 5000-levels are seminars that are generally reserved for third-year and fourth-year majors, but may be accessible earlier, on a space-available basis (see notes below). Don’t overlook 5000-level courses; though these are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates; they are not substantively different in depth or challenge.

  • PSYC-3590, Research in Psychology, may be counted for an elective course (3 credits).  Please note, although students may take more than 3 credits of PSYC 3590 in the college career, only 3 credits of PSYC 3590 is permitted to count toward the  34 credit hours required for the paychology major.  The College of Arts & Sciences will count up to 24 credits of ungraded (CR/NC or S/U) coursework toward the 120 required for graduation, so as many as 24 credits of 3590 could count in this general way.  Please visit the College for more information about ungraded courses policy.

  • The following courses do not count toward this requirement: PSYC-3006, PSYC-RM Topics*, Directed Readings in Psychology, PSYC Internship, or DMP Seminars and Thesis courses.

  • *If PSYC-RM Topic requirement has been satisfied, students may count a second RM Topic course as one of the Advanced Topics and Electives courses.

  • Please note: some Advanced Topics courses may have prerequisites.

Ready to Declare (or Defer) the Major - Follow all of these steps:


STEP 1: Join the Collab site and group(s)

  1. Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors”.
  2. On the Collab site, add yourself to the appropriate group for your expected graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
  3. On the Collab site, if you identify with an underrepresented group in academic psychology (for example, historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged background) and would like to receive information about targeted opportunities for such students, add yourself to the “Underrepresented Group” for your graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
  4. On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questions” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes

STEP 2: Complete your Psychology Course Plan

  1. Open and complete the psychology course plan form:
    • Psychology (BA) checklist/course plan [pdf] [word]
    • Students in Class of 2021 or prior choosing to use the old requirements may use the old program checklist [word] [pdf] as their course plan. 
  2. Download and review your unofficial transcript from SIS to assist in completing the course plan form. 
  3. Start by filling in any courses you have already completed.
  4. Fill in the other courses that you would like* to take to satisfy all major requirements. *The courses you list are simply your “best guesses” about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.
  5. When finished, save your course form and your SIS unofficial transcripts as PDF documents. You will eventually attach these forms to the Docusign Major Form -or- if you are deferring the major, you will email these attachments to me: once you fill out the Docusing Request to Defer Form.

STEP 3: Read the Docusign Form instructions

  1. Begin the Docusign Form process by reading the following instructions:
  2. In the "Powerform Signer Information" section you will enter your name and email, and then you will enter theDeclaration of Major Contact for Psychology:
  3. Once you have entered the name and email for yourself and the Declaration of Major Contact, click "Begin Signing" at the bottom of the PowerForm.  This will lead you to the actual Major form.  You will complete the required fields on the docusign form (see sample form below).  Continue reading for tips on how to complete this form for Psychology.
  4. Docusign Intended Major/Minor:
    • for the current requirements, enter "Psychology BA"
    • for the old requirements, enter "Psychology BA (Old Requirements 1178)"
  5. Docusign Course List:  You do not have to fill this part out with an advisor as it states on the form, because you will attach your psychology course plan instead.  Instead, just list a filler course so the form will allow you to submit it: “PSYC | 0000| Title: See Attached Course Plan | 34 Credits"
  6. Complete any other required Docusign fields, and then add the 2 required attachments:
    • Psychology Course Plan (pdf)  
    • SIS Unofficial Transcript (pdf)
  7. Then click the "Finish" button.  The forms will be routed to the Undergraduate Coordinator for Psychology for review.  You will be contacted via email if anything else is needed.

Sample Docusign Major Declaration Form


STEP 4. Start the Docusign Process

DECLARE: Have you completed all of the prerequisite courses? Then you are ready to declare...

(If not, then move down to the Defer section below)

  • You can access the form by going to the College web page here: - scroll down to find the "Declaration of Major and Minor Form (DocuSign)".  Regarding the Docusign Course List:  You do not have to fill this part out with an advisor as it states on the form, because you will attach your psychology course plan instead.  Add a filler course so the form will allow you to submit it: “PSYC | 0000| Title: See Attached Course Plan | 34 Credits"

Don't forget...

Include your 2 attachments when you submit your Docusign form:

Make sure to designate the Declaration of Major Contact (DMC) as: 

DEFER: Still working on prerequisite courses past your second year?

Then you will need to defer the major...

  • Use the Defer Declaring a Major (DocuSign) if you are at the end of your second year and are missing prerequisite courses that you plan to take at the beginning of your third year. You can access the form by going to the College web page here:, scroll down to find the "Defer Declaring a Major (DocuSign)" form.

Don't forget...

Include your 2 attachments when you submit your Docusign form:

Make sure to designate the Declaration of Major Contact (DMC) as: 

STEP 5. Check SIS to ensure your major form was processed

We will try to process your form as soon as possible, however, there may be delays in processing your form depending on the time of the year (e.g. beginning of the semester, enrollment start, graduation, and conferences).   Our office is currently experience a high volume of forms and working on conference and graduation planning, which may cause a delay in processing your form. After 30 days of submitting your form, your major should show up in SIS. If 30 days have passed, and you are not notified via docusign that your form has been processed and you have checked SIS and don't see your major, please email me to let me know, so I can ensure that I received your form. Click here to let me know: It's been 30 days, I checked sis and my major program and new advisor is not showing up. Thank you for your patience.


Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Lisa Isher