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Students are encouraged to plan their major or minor based on the catalog requirements (see links to handouts to your right) and to be self-reliant in planning and completing their degree. In addition to the links here, you may obtain information about the Psychology major, including information about graduate programs (Graduate Programs in Psychology) from the Psychology Advising Bulletin Board (located 3rd floor, King Hall, across from north elevators).
Information about careers and graduate programs in Psychology is also available at the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Western Psychological Association (WPA) websites.
Psychology is an IMPACTED Major. What does this mean?
» If you are interested in applying to CSULA as a First-time Freshman or Transfer Student, click here for information regarding supplemental program admission criteria to the psychology major. You can also get more information from the University Admissions page.
» Current CSULA students wishing to change their major to psychology, go here for GPA requirements and application.
You can schedule an appointment with an advisor in the NSS Advisement Center by calling (323) 343-5284. The NSS Advisement Center is located in King Hall, D-wing, Room 1050.
Appointment Cancellation: If you are unable to keep your appointment, we ask that you call the NSS Advisment office at (323) 343-5284 as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule.
Roadmaps and Program Plans
Program plans and roadmaps (see links to handouts to your right) serve as a critical tool in the advisement of new and continuing students. The roadmaps are not meant to cover every possibility, but are simple guides to help students progress in a timely manner towards graduation. Entering freshmen and transfer students should choose the "Roadmap" that best fits their situation and study needs.
It is your responsibility to understand your degree requirements. Thoroughly review the CSULA Catalog and seek continious advisement to make sure that you are completely aware of all your general education, major, and university-related requirements.
Courses from the community college that are transferable to CSULA include PSY 150 (Introductory Psychology), PSY 170 (Introduction to Physiological Psychology), and PSY 202 (Descriptive Statistics). General Psych 1 and General Psych 2 are examples of courses that will transfer to the major at CSULA. For PSY 202, Math or Business Statistics courses are often transferable; however, all students are required to also complete College Algebra.
Lower-division courses completed at the community college cannot fulfill upper-division Psychology requirements. For example, if you take a lower division abnormal psychology course at a community college, it will not count for our upper division abnormal psychology course. Check Assist for more information on transferable courses.
You will need permission, or a "permit" to register for PSY 202, 302, or 304. You should stop by the department office at least three (3) days prior to your scheduled enrollment date to fill out and submit a permit slip.
The department will verify that you have completed all prerequisites before posting your permit. A permit does not guarantee a seat in the class! It is still your responsibility to add the class once your enrollment date begins. If the section is full, check GET frequently to see if a seat opens up.
Note to New Transfer Students: Permits may also be needed for a PSY course with a prerequisite you may have already completed. If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, you will get an error each time you try to add the class on GET. If this is the case, bring your unofficial transcripts to the Psychology office, we will verify the prerequiste, and then post a permit that will allow you to add the class (if seats are available).
Future Course Offerings
The department makes available a tentative schedule of courses planned for the upcoming academic year. For handout, refer to the link to your right. Please note that schedules are tentative; changes, modifications, and cancellations are often necessary due to budget constraints or availability of instructors. Always check with the department or in the Schedule of Classes for the most updated information.
Checking your CSULA Email
The Department and University send important information via the campus email system. For example, the Department will send you notices about class cancellations, job or volunteer opportunities, or upcoming events. You will want to continuously check your CSULA email account or opt to have your messages forwarded to an email account you check more frequently.
Applying for Graduation
All CSULA students are required to apply for graduation two quarters before their graduation date (e.g., if you are planning to graduate in Spring, you must file your graduation application the previous Fall; see the Schedule of Classes or the Quicklinks above for application dates). You can obtain a Graduation Application from Admin. 146; pay the Graduation Application fee at the University Cashier's window; then turn in your paid and stamped Graduation Application to the Psychology Dept. office (KH C3104). We advise students to make an appointment with an advisor for a "Grad Check" at least two weeks before the application deadlines.
For the Minor in Psychology: You will need to have an advisor approve/sign your Minor program plan. Once approved, you must take your Minor program to your major department and turn it in with your graduation application. Make sure the Psychology office has a copy of your Minor program plan on file.