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). Econ 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is my Academic Advisor?
A. You get to choose your own Academic Advisor based on their available office hours and/or areas of expertise.

Q. Why should I attend a Group Advising session?
A. You will receive valuable general information as well as individual advising to promote your timely graduation.

Q. When is Group Advising?
A. At the beginning of the semester, before graudation application deadlines and before registration. Dates are posted outside Stevenson Hall 3092, on the Psychology website, and sent to your SSU email.

Q. How do I know what psychology courses I should take?
A. Read this document: http://www.sonoma.edu/psychology/files/newmajor.pdf

  • Review the Four-Year Plan to get your B.A. in Psychology
    • Take at least 15 units each semester to be able to graduate in a timely manner.
    • Take Psy 250 and lower division GE courses during your first semester.
    • Take Psy 270 and Psy 280 during your Sophomore year or later. Do not wait last minute to take these.
  • Most incoming first year students spend their first two years fulfilling their lower-division (100 and 200 level) GE requirements.

Q. When can I start receiving Upper Division credits for GE?
A. When you are Junior standing (at least 60+ units completed), you may start receiving Upper Division credits.

Q. Do GE classes double or triple count towards fulfilling major and GE requirements?
A. Yes, as long as you have reached Junior status during the time you take these courses. See below for these courses:

  • Psy 302 can count as: Area GE E, Upper Division GE, and Psychology (Breadth Area 3 Developmental)
  • Psy 325 can count as: Area GE D1, Upper Division GE, and Psychology (Breadth Area 4 Social/Personality)

Q. What is the WEPT and do I have to take it?
A. WEPT stands for Written English Proficiency Test, which is a test designed by SSU to fulfill the California State University Graduate Written Assessment Requirement (GWAR), which students must pass in order to graduate. All students must complete the WEPT requirement during or after their Junior year. For more information, go to the Writing Center website.

Q. Can I take a course in replace of the WEPT?
A. Yes, but it must be part of the approved Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) courses. To see a list of WIC courses, go to the Writing Center website.