4-to-3 Transition Advising

Dear Psychology Students,

My name is Mike Horvath and I’m the Chair of the Psychology Department’s Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC). The purpose of this page is to keep you updated about next year’s transition to 3-credit courses. This page includes a set of instructions on how to set up a meeting with a Psychology advisor before registering for your Fall 2014 courses. It might be helpful if you printed out a copy of this page for reference prior to continuing with the instructions.

As you probably know, starting this Fall most Psychology courses will be 3-credit courses. Given that requirements are based on a predominantly 4-credit system, we want to meet with you to minimize the impact that this transition has on your graduation plans.

The Psychology UPC has assembled nine advisors who will be available to meet with you to assist you with this transition. These advisors will be available starting on February 3rd during most business hours and during some evening hours. We have put considerable thought into the  issues that students will face, and are prepared to guide you through the transition. To meet with an advisor, please follow these steps in order:

  • In the next few days, schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor:
    • Go to
    • Click on one of the “Transition Advising Appointment” links. If you want to be advised in the Chester Building at CSU, select the “Main Campus” link. If you are an LCCC or Lakeland Partnership student and want to be advised on one of those campuses, click the LCCC or Lakeland link instead.
    • Choose a date and time that works for you
    • Enter your name, email address, and phone number
    • Click "Schedule Appointment"
    • Check your email for instructions regarding where and with whom you will be meeting
    • NOTE: We’re still working on our schedule for summer advising. If you cannot find available times using the FullSlate system described above, contact the department at 216-687-2544 to schedule a time.
  • Before your scheduled meeting:
    • Go to your transcript in CampusNet and print a copy;
    • Print the two of these Transition Worksheets:
    • Complete both transition worksheets, following the instructions on those worksheets. This will show which Psychology requirements you have already met and which requirements you still need to meet. Your Degree Audit may be helpful as you work on the worksheets;
    • Prepare a list of Psychology courses that you plan to take in Fall 2014 and later.
  • Attend your scheduled meeting with an advisor. Bring your transcript and Transition Worksheets to the meeting.

As you work on your Transition Worksheets, you should keep the following points in mind:

  • The requirements—both major requirements and other college and university requirements—that a student must fulfill to graduate depend on the catalog in force when that student enrolled in the university. Although students are said to have rights specified by a particular catalog, they also have obligations. Many of our current students have either Fall, 2012, catalog rights or Fall, 2013 catalog rights. Under some circumstances, a student may elect to change the catalog that specifies his or her requirements. (Generally, this means that a student may elect to change to a later catalog.) You should find out which catalog currently applies to you in Degree Audit in CampusNet.
  • Students who currently have first-year status will be automatically moved to the Fall 2014 catalog requirements. They will have the option to move back if they would prefer.
  • All students have the option of moving forward to the Fall 2014 catalog requirements.
  • For students who will enter the University in Fall 2014, the major requirements are based on 3-credit courses; these requirements are listed in the 2014Major_Worksheet document. Any current student may choose to fulfill the new (Fall, 2014) requirements or to stay with his or her current requirements.
  • If you take PSY 101, PSY 312, PSY 412, or PSY 415 during Fall, 2014, or later: We will count the 3-credit versions of these courses as fulfilling their respective requirements. However, regardless of whether you take 3-credit courses or 4-credit courses, you will still have to complete the total number of Psychology credits (either 36 or 40 credits) stated in the Catalog that applies to you. We will waive at least one credit of the total requirement if you end up with an insufficient number of credits because you took a 3-credit version of a course. (For example, if you are required to complete a total of 40 psychology credits, and by the end of Summer, 2014, completed 36, needing only PSY 412, and then took the 3-credit version of PSY 412 during Fall, 2014, we would say “you are done!” even though you would have only 39 credits. We would not make you take an additional course in order to earn the additional required credit.)
  • For Core courses, we will accept a 3-credit version of each course as fulfilling that particular Core. However, we will still require a minimum number of Core credits (12 or 16, depending on which Catalog applies to you). Therefore, you may need to take an additional Core course to satisfy the overall Core requirement, with any ‘extra’ credits counting as electives toward the overall number of credits.
  • We will offer a 4-credit PSY 311 for at least one semester (i.e., during Fall, 2014). However, we will soon be splitting PSY 311 into two 3-credit courses (PSY 217 and PSY 317). When PSY 311 is no longer available, to fulfill the PSY 311 requirement, a student fulfilling major requirements specified in a catalog prior to Fall, 2014 will have to complete PSY 317. PSY 217 is a prerequisite for PSY 317.  If you are in this situation, you can take PSY 217 (counting it as an elective), or you can also gain entry into PSY 317 by having taken MTH 147, OMS 201, or by taking a Placement Test that will be offered in the Psychology Department.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in your advising meeting!

Michael Horvath (on behalf of the UPC)
Associate Professor and UPC Chair