Incoming First Year Students

Incoming first year students spend most of their first two years at Sonoma State fulfilling their lower-division (100 and 200 level) GE requirements. This means taking 42 units (14 classes) of the 50 unit GE requirement.Two lower-division GE courses are required for the Psychology major, and students are encouraged to take them as early as possible. The required lower-division GE courses are Psychology 250, Introduction to Psychology (GE Area D1); and Math 165, Statistics (GE Area B4). Students who are given GE credit for AP or IB Psychology test scores are exempt from taking Psychology 250, Introduction to Psychology.

We encourage incoming freshmen to take a first year experience class. First year experience courses provide a skills-based transition between high school and college, and introduce students to the Sonoma State experience. We also encourage incoming freshmen to consider the residential and academic Freshman Interest Group (FIG) program for students interested in psychology. The Psychology FIG students are enrolled in the same section of Psychology 250, Introduction to Psychology, and one other lower-division Psychology course. The Psychology FIG students live in the same residence hall area so that they can develop close ties to other members of the group. For more information on the Psychology FIG program, contact Julie Greathouse.