Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) at UCSB offers the B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences (open to incoming freshmen in Fall 2016), the B.S. in Biopsychology, and the B.A. in Psychology (open to students that began coursework at UCSB before Fall 2016 and transfer students until Fall 2017). Admission to all three majors is contingent upon completion of Pre-Major Requirements.

All majors in the PBS department are designed to provide students with an appreciation of the scientific study of behavior. Psychology is an extremely broad discipline, ranging from the study of the behavior of simple organisms to the behavior of humans and groups of humans in complex interactions.

Our focus at UCSB is on experimental research psychology. The program offers excellent preparation for graduate study in any area of the discipline, or for careers ranging from law enforcement to education to sales and marketing. The program does not focus on or provide training for counseling or clinical psychology, although many of our courses are good preparation for graduate training in these areas.

This website contains all the departmental policies and procedures that undergraduates will need to be successful in earning their degree at UCSB.

Tabs on the left lead through information, policies, and opportunities available to students in the PBS department.

PDFs linked to the right are helpful forms and instructions that students should use for academic success within the department.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is committed to fostering the success of a diverse community of STEM-oriented students. We welcome applications from all interested students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or geographic region. Several of our faculty study topics related to diversity. UCSB was officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute in 2015, and it received 4.5/5 stars on Gender Identity/Expression and LGBTQ Policy Inclusion from Campus Pride Index.