To Declare the Psychology Major
Declaration of the Psychology Premajor
Students planning to major in psychology may declare the premajor through Enrollment Services. The purpose of the premajor is to declare an intent to major in psychology. This does not substitute for declaring the major which we advise doing as soon as possible, BEFORE taking 12 upper division psychology units.Your declaration of the premajor is used for record-keeping purposes. Additionally, it assists us in guiding you to select classes in order to achieve eligibility for the major.
Declaration of the Psychology Major
To declare the psychology major, you must report in person to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office and provide evidence of having completed the following requirements: Lower division mathematics and writing competencies, and 12 of the 19 units under Preparation for the Major to include Biology 100, Psychology 101 and 270. You may use your evaluation or informal transcripts to declare the major.Students should declare the major as soon as they have completed the necessary requirements and should complete NO MORE THAN 12 units of upper division psychology courses prior to declaring the major. Students who are planning to transfer to SDSU should visit the Psychology Undergraduate Office and declare the major or develop a plan for doing so during the semester prior to enrolling.
Meeting Impaction requirements
If you have not yet declared the psychology major, you must satisfy the impaction requirements before you can declare the major. This means you must report in person, to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office and provide evidence that you have:
- Cleared Writing Competency
- Completed 45 or more units with a cumulative GPA of 2.20 or higher
- Completed 12 of the preparation units with a grade of C or better. These 12 units must include Psy 101, Psy 270 and Bio 100 or equivalent.
How do I declare the major?
Bring your evaluation or informal transcripts showing that you have completed the requirements to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office, Life Sciences Rm. 3.
Can I declare the major if I have met all but one of the impaction requirements?
You may not declare the major at this time, since you will first have to meet the requirements. However, you may declare the psychology premajor at any time
What do I do if I made less than a C in Psy 101, Psy 270 or Bio 100?
You can take that class for course forgiveness, which we will be happy to explain in the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office.
Lower Divison: Preparation For The Major (19 Units)
Comparable classes are accepted.These classes are required even if you have already completed upper-division course work. Also required: satisfaction of the foreign language requirement.
PSY 101 (3) Intro PSY (Grade: C or better)
PSY 211 (3) Learning
PSY 230 (3) Developmental PSY
PSY 260 (3) Intro Physiological PSY
PSY 270 (3) Statistics (Grade: C or better)
• Enforced: Concurrent enrollment in 271
• Grade B or better in statistics is a prereq for PSY 370 & 410
• Completion of statistics is prereq for PSY 301
PSY 271 (1) Data Analysis Psy
• Prereq for PSY 301 and 410
BIO 100 (3) General Biology (Grade: C or better)
• Prereq for Psy 260
Upper Division: The Major: 31 Units of Upper-Division Psychology
Methods Requirement: one of the following
Introduction to Research Methods, PSY 301 (4 units)
Laboratory in Experimental Psychology, PSY 410 (5 units), but you may take both.
Breadth Requirement: 12 units (four classes) from the following
You may take additional classes from this list. Units beyond 12 will count as electives. We recommend that you take at least one course numbered 360, 361, 380 or 388.
Electives: 15 additional units (14 if you took PSY 410)
Electives may be selected from any psychology courses numbered 300 and above.
Note: As of Fall 2003 the Psychology Department will implement a number of new curriculum changes. Students who declare the psychology major as of Fall 2003 or later are subject to these new catalog changes.
A minimum of 31 upper division units in psychology to include Psychology 301 or 410 and 12 units, including at least three units from each of the following groups. The remaining three units are selected from Group II or Group III but may not be selected from courses listed on the same line.
Group I. One of the following:
Psychology 340 or 344
Group II. At least one of the following:
Psychology 331 or 332
Psychology 350 or 333
Group III. at least one of the following:
Psychology 360 or 361 or 362