Incoming First Year Students

Most incoming first year students spend their first two years 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). Exon 217, Statistics for Business and Economics, or Bus 211, Business Statistics, also meet the Department Statistics requirement. 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.