Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Psychology Course Prerequisites

Any student who does not meet the prerequisite requirements will be dropped

PSY 301

Students must have taken PSY 301 and earned a grade of "C" or better* to take ANY other Psychology courses with the exception of:

  • PSY 306 Human Sexuality
  • PSY 317L Introduction to Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 352 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 420M

PSY 420M is restricted to Psychology majors and double majors in Psychology. Also, requires completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework that includes:
  • M 302 or higher level math; a statistics course such as PSY 317L which is preferred. 
  • PSY 301 with a "C" or better*
  • Must also earn a grade of "C" or better* to be considered complete.
  • Maximum of two attempts to complete PSY 420M with a "C" or better*. Students will not be allow to take PSY 420M for a third time.

Upper Division PSY Courses

Most upper-division Psychology courses requires, in addition to PSY 301, 1) completion of at least 60 hours of course work and 2) a Statistics class.

  • For psychology majors, the statistics requirement must be fulfilled by completion of PSY 418 or 420M with a grade of at least a "C" or better*.
  • For non-majors—one of the following Statistics classes (with a "C" or better*) will suffice:
    AFR 302M,  BME 335, C E 311S, ECO 329, EDP 308, 371, E E 351K, GOV 350K, M 316, 362K, M E 335, PSY 317, PSY 317L, SOC 317L, S W 318, STA 309, SDS 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318, 321, 328M.
  • Additional prerequisites may apply to certain upper-division Psychology courses

*"C or better" does NOT include a grade of a C-. 

If you have any questions about the prerequisites, please email

Department of Psychology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 471-4410
Fax: (512) 471-3413


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