UCSB Biopsychology B.S. vs. UC Davis Psychology B.S. (Biology)

<p>Hello CollegeConfies! I’ve been accepted to both UC Davis and UCSB and I’m having trouble deciding which to pick. If I go to UC Davis I want to do the Psychology B.S. (Biology) major, but if I go to UCSB, I want to major in Biopsychology. My question for you guys is, is there much of a difference between the two? Can anyone who’s in either one of those programs tell me more about them (such as which one involves more science compared to the other, etc.)? </p>

<p>I’m new to CC, and I know I can look up the courses for them and stuff, but I’m not very good at interpreting that type of stuff yet, so if there’s anyone nice who would like to help me out and give me a simple way of understanding the differences/similarities, I’d really appreciate it. Anything helps!</p>

<p>[UC</a> Davis](<a href=“http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/undergraduate/majors/biopsychology/biopsychology.php]UC”>http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/undergraduate/majors/biopsychology/biopsychology.php)</p>

<p>[UC</a> Santa Barbara](<a href=“http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/UCDWebCatalog/Programs/PSC/PSCreqt.html]UC”>http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/UCDWebCatalog/Programs/PSC/PSCreqt.html)</p>

<p>The programs look pretty similar at both schools, but UCSB looks a bit more science-based. At Davis, you’ll need 2 quarters of biology, 2 of general chem, 2 of organic chem, 2 of calculus, and only 1 of physics. At UCSB, it looks like 3 quarters of general chem, 4 quarters of some sort of bio, 4 quarter of advanced chem (organic chem and something else? Not sure), 3 quarters of physics, and 2 quarters of calculus. UC Davis requires two upper division bio courses (Bis 101 and NPB 101), whereas UCSB doesn’t seem to require any upper division classes outside of psychology. As far as the psychology classes themselves, they’re probably about the same. I’m not a psychology major, so I can’t tell you how the program is at Davis, but I’ve heard we have good research (but people here are probably biased.) In general, the two majors don’t look too different, and if you go to UC Davis you can always take the extra lower division science courses if you feel it would help. I think you should pick whichever school fits you best, because like I said, the programs themselves don’t look drastically different.</p>

<p>Thanks JeSuis! I’m going to Decision Day to get a feel of the campus before deciding where to go.</p>