The Department of Psychology provides students with the opportunity to pursue two B.A. degrees in Psychology. One of these degrees offers the option to specialize in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. It’s important to note that Psychology is a competitive major, and students must fulfill specific criteria and complete certain preparatory courses before being admitted to the program.

Impaction Criteria are as follows:

• 45 units with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
*Note: If you become a Psychology pre-major or major prior to Fall 2015, the
cumulative GPA requirement was 2.4 or higher.
• Complete Prep for the Major classes listed below with a C or better (exceptions for 201 & 280 noted below)

Preparation for the Major Course Requirements (20 Units)

PSY 101 Intro Psychology (3) – prerequisite course for almost all Psychology courses
PSY 201 Academic and Career Opportunities in Psychology (1; Credit/No Credit)
PSY 211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 260 Intro to Physiological Psychology (3) – BIOL 100 is a prerequisite for this course
PSY 280 Statistical Methods in Psychology (4)
OR PSY 281 Data Analysis in Psychology (2)
plus a statistics lecture course (3; e.g., STAT 119)
A grade of B or better is required for the I/O Emphasis
BIOL 100 General Biology (3) – Only the lecture component is needed

Degree Paths for the Psychology Major
Upper-division course requirements vary by degree. Click on the links below for more information.

Bachelor’s of Applied Arts & Sciences
(Open only to students who entered SDSU on an Associate Degree for Transfer contract)

Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts & Sciences with an Emphasis in I/O Psychology

How to Become a Psychology Major (with or without an I/O Emphasis)

Students who began their college career at SDSU (i.e., did not transfer to SDSU) can declare the pre-major anytime. Visit the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (LSN 105) as soon as you decide to declare the pre-major to discuss the classes needed to graduate. Pre-majors are automatically placed in the major when impaction criteria are satisfied; no paperwork is needed.

Transfer students who want to switch to Psychology (with or without the I/O Emphasis) must first meet impaction criteria (see Impaction Criteria) before being eligible to declare the major. Come by the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (LSN 105) for assistance planning the coursework needed to enter the major and the paperwork to formally declare the major.

Note: if you are a transfer student who entered SDSU on an Associate Degree for Transfer, please visit the Office of Advising and Evaluations to understand the implications of switching majors for your AD-T contract with SDSU.