The psychology department offers two B.A. degrees in Psychology, one with an optional Emphasis in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. Psychology is an impacted major, meaning that the impaction criteria and prep courses listed below must be satisfied before entering the major.
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) – a 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.
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 at any time. Visit the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (LSN 105) as soon as you decide to declare the pre-major to discuss the classes that are needed in order 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 the impaction criteria (see Impaction Criteria) before being eligible to declare the major. Come by the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (LSN 105) for assistance planning coursework needed to enter the major and paperwork to formally declare the major. Important 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 the AD-T contract you have with SDSU.
Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-21)
The total estimated cost of attendance includes tuition expenses for which you are billed, housing expenses, which include food and housing, and transportation, and additional expenses, such as books, supplies, and personal expenses. Costs of attendance are subject to change by the Trustees of the California State University without prior notice. The amounts indicated are the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU full time for the 2020–21 academic year (9 months):
Basic Tuition and Fees
Housing and Food†
Books and Supplies
Miscellaneous and Personal
*Undergraduate nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $396 per unit. Graduate nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $396 per unit.
†Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for two years. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule on the Rates web page of the Housing and Residential Education website. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request. The cost listed for an upper-division transfer is based on a student living off-campus.
‡Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For domestic undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969, transportation to be $1,587, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969; transportation to be $2,316, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For international freshmen, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $1,587. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,038. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,316.
Basic Tuition and Fees
Housing and Food†
Books, Supplies, Transportation‡
*‡Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance.