For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

The following program-specific requirements:

Introductory natural science (8 credits):
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
Basic analysis (6 credits)
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
Basic computation
One course (3 credits) selected from the following:
CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
STAT 1129Introduction to Computing
Research methods (3 credits):
PSYC 2101Research Methods in Psychology
Gateway courses
Two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
or PSYC 2011W Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2012Social Psychology
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
One course (3 credits) selected from the following:
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
SLHS 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
Upper-level breadth
One course (3 credits) selected from the following:
PSYC 3112Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 3115Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 3125Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 3126Multicultural Psychology
or PSYC 3126W Multicultural Psychology
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PSYC 3132Social and Personality Development
PSYC 3170Clinical Psychology
PSYC 3173Community Psychology
One course (3 credits) selected from the following:
PSYC 3116Brain and Language
PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
PSYC 3119Cognitive Science in the District
PSYC 3120Neuroscience of Consciousness
PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition
PSYC 3122Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 3123Neuroscience of Consciousness
PSYC 3124Visual Perception
PSYC 3180Seminar in Cognitive Science
SLHS 3133Autism
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
Advanced research lab
One course (4 credits) selected from the following:
PSYC 4106WResearch Lab in Sensation and Perception
or PSYC 4107W Research Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 4107WResearch Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 4201WResearch Lab in Clinical/Community Psychology
or PSYC 4202W Research Lab in Applied Social Psychology
or PSYC 4203W Research Lab in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4202WResearch Lab in Applied Social Psychology
PSYC 4203WResearch Lab in Developmental Psychology
Four elective Psychology (PSYC) courses (12 credits) numbered 2100 or above.
Two advanced breadth courses (6 credits) numbered 3000 or above from any of the following departments: ANTH, BISC, CSCI, DATS, PUBH, and SHLS.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to meeting general requirements stated under University Regulations, to be admitted to the GWU Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) Undergraduate Honors Program, the student must 1) have taken at least five graded GWU PBS courses with a minimum PBS grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50, and a minimum GWU GPA of 3.00, and 2) submit a completed application and unofficial GWU transcript from the Registrar's Office (which will have the student's name on it) to the PBS Department within the first week of their senior year. In addition to meeting other University and Departmental requirements, to graduate with PBS Departmental Honors, the student must also 3) maintain the minimum GWU and PBS GPAs, 4) complete at least one semester of PSYC 3591 Supervised Research Internship or PSYC 4591 Independent Research, 5) complete PSYC 4997 Honors Seminar, and 6) complete a graduate-level (PSYC 8000s) PBS course.