Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Freshmen should be encouraged to believe they can be admitted to the major as juniors despite impaction if they follow advising guidelines provided by the department. 
When should I first meet with my major department?

Freshmen will be invited to two advising sessions in the first semester, one at beginning of semester and one mid-semester. 

Transfer students should enroll in PSY 303, an advising course, and will be required to meet with an advisor at some point during fall semester.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? No assignments.  Pre-psychology advising is done by Psychology Department staff, major advising by all full-time faculty in department.  Office hours are available in department after second week of classes.
Where can I find information about major advising?
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a major planning sheet
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? For transfers already admitted to the major, they should alert department if core courses are full  as we will strive to enroll them in necessary courses.  Besides core courses. Students are encouraged to consider GE courses where major courses are full.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

PSY 303 and PSY 371 are essential core courses to take in the first semester, while one or two of PSY 431, PSY 440, PSY 465, or PSY472 are also recommended. PSY 320 or PSY 450 meet upper division GE requirements. 

Note: Most Area 1 courses in the major can be taken after completing PSY 371.

Students may take Upper Division GE courses if major courses are full. 

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? IF they have been admitted to the major, they will have had PSY 200 which is the only pre-req.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes. [ Click here for ADT roadmap ]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

We recommend PSY 101 if available for incoming freshmen; while it is not a major course it does provide a good introduction to thinking about psychology. PSY 200 is a lower division course that counts toward the major, but it is recommended for students in Sophomore standing.


Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
AP in Psychology with score of 3 or higher considered equivalent of PSY 200, though Pre-Pscyhology students are strongly encouraged to consider taking PSY 200 in their sophomore year.



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