Undergraduate Advisement

Students are encouraged to plan their major or minor based on the catalog requirements (see links to handouts below) 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 Study 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.

Advisement Appointments

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 1051.

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.


Program Impaction

Psychology is an IMPACTED Major. What does this mean?

» If you are interested in applying to Cal State LA as a First-time Freshman or Transfer Student, please review the information regarding supplemental program admission criteria to the psychology major. You can also get more information from the University Admissions page.

» Current Cal State LA students wishing to change their major to psychology should review our requirements and application for Declaring a Psychology major.



Roadmaps and Program Plans

Program plans and roadmaps (see links to handouts under the Forms and Handouts menu above) 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.



A permit allows you to add courses that require department consent and/or may be required if you have taken a prerequisite course but GET does not allow you add the class.  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.

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).


Checking your Cal State LA 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 Cal State LA email account or opt to have your messages forwarded to an email account you check more frequently.



Transferable Courses

Courses from the community college that are transferable to Cal State LA include PSY 1500 (Introductory Psychology) and PSY 1700 (Introduction to Physiological Psychology). General Psych 1 and General Psych 2 are examples of courses that will transfer to the major at Cal State LA. All students are required to  complete College Algebra as a prerequisite for PSY 3020.

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.ORG for more information on transferable courses.


Future Course Offerings

The department makes available a tentative schedule of courses planned for the upcoming academic year. For a pdf of the handout, look under the Forms and Handouts menu above. Please note that schedules are tentative; changes, modifications, and cancellations are often necessary due to budget constraints or availability of instructors. Always Contact Us or in the Schedule of Classes for the most updated information.


Applying for Graduation

All Cal State LA students are required to apply for graduation one semester 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. 409; 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.