Undergraduate Advising

Welcome to the Psychology Department’s Undergraduate Advising Page! Here, we’ll post information on how to obtain advice about the Psychology program requirements as well as about careers in psychology.

Quick Advice

Consider downloading and reading the Psychology Department’s Undergraduate Handbook,PDF iconPsychology Undergraduate Handbook.pdf. It contains a lot of the answers to questions that students frequently ask.


Scheduling a Meeting with an Advisor

To get advice about careers in psychology or about graduate school in psychology, you should talk to a faculty advisor – particularly one whose interests are close to the type of career or graduate school you are interested in. To find out what our faculty are interested in, check out our faculty profiles. Once you’ve identified a few potential faculty advisors, you should schedule a time to meet with them.   Fall office hours for our faculty are here: PDF iconPSY Faculty Advising Schedule.pdf

To get advice about what courses you need to take, including Transition Advising due to the Big Switch, please use Starfish to schedule an appointment with a Psychology Department Advisor. Within Starfish, please schedule with “Psychology Department” rather than with a specific advisor such as Dr. Horvath.  Instructions:  Scheduling an Advising Appointment through Starfish


Questions about Statistics - PSY 311 vs. PSY 317?  Click here for more information.

Questions about Psychology Lab - PSY 412?  Click here for more information.

Interested in taking CSU courses at Lakeland or Lorain County Community College campuses?  Click here for more information.


Statistics: (PSY 311) vs. (PSY 217 & PSY 317):

Depending on which year of Undergraduate Catalog applies to you (which depends on the year you enrolled at CSU), you are required to take either PSY 311 or the combination of PSY 217 and PSY 317 (or alternate courses that satisfy these requirements). You can find your catalog year, and the specific requirement that applies to you, by checking your Degree Audit in CampusNet. If you are required to complete PSY 311, please be aware that Fall 2015 is the LAST semester during which we plan to offer this course. If you have not taken PSY 311 by Fall 2015, you will need to satisfy the PSY 311 requirement by taking PSY 317 or another equivalent course. Note: PSY 317 and its equivalents have a prerequisite course.

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Psychology Lab:  PSY 412

As we have during the 2014-2015 academic year, we will be offering two versions of PSY 412 during 2015-2016. One version is for students who have completed PSY 312 – either because they are required to do so or because they have taken PSY 312 as an elective. The other version is for students who are not required to take PSY 312 and have not done so (most such students enrolled at CSU prior to Fall 2013). It is important, when you register for PSY 412, that you register for the correct version.

If your Catalog (Fall 2013 and subsequent) states that you must take PSY 312, you should look for the following sections of PSY 412 (after having completed PSY 312):

  • Fall 2015:
    • Section 1 (MWF 9:10-10am)
    • Section 50 (TTH 4:30-5:45pm)
  • Spring 2016:
    • Section 3 (MWF 2:35-3:25pm)
    • Section 50 (MW 6-7:15pm)
  • Summer 2016:
    • Section 100 (8-week class; 8:50-10:25am)

If your Catalog (any catalog prior to Fall 2013) states that you do not need to take PSY 312, but you have taken PSY 312 as an elective, and you have done so before taking PSY 412, then you should choose from among the PSY 412 sections listed above.

If your Catalog does not state that you need to take PSY 312, you have not done so, and you do not plan to do so, you should choose from among the following sections of PSY 412

  • Fall 2015:
    • Section 2 (TTH 8:30-9:45am)
    • Section 3 (MWF 2:35-3:25pm)
    • Section 51 (MW 6-7:15pm)
  • Spring 2016:
    • Section 1 (MWF 9:10-10am)
    • Section 2 (TTh 8:30-9:45am)

Please note: Spring 2016 is the last semester during which we will offer sections of PSY 412 that do not require prior completion of PSY 312. Therefore, if you have not taken PSY 412 by the end of Spring 2016, you will have to take PSY 312 (which will be counted as a psychology elective) before taking the only version of PSY 412 that will be offered after Spring 2016. Alternatively, after taking PSY 312, you may choose to take PSY 415 instead of PSY 412 to satisfy the WAC/Capstone requirements.

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Lakeland and Lorain Community College Campuses

When you check the schedule, you will see that the locations of some courses are listed as “LORAIN” or “LAKELAND.” These are CSU courses but they’re offered on the Lorain and Lakeland campuses. As a CSU student you may register for these courses if they are available (for some of these courses, we may give priority registration to individuals who are enrolled in our Partnership programs with these colleges).

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