Transfer Student Information
- Assist -- How do I know which of my classes transfer to CSUSM?
- Guidelines -- How do I transfer my courses?
- Approved Courses -- Which of my classes are pre-approved for transfer?
- AP Courses -- Will my Advanced Placement courses count?
- Non-Psychology Majors -- I am a non-psychology major who is transferring psychology courses for another major
- Prerequisites -- How do I know what the prerequisites are for the courses I want to take?
Assist.org is a website dedicated to helping transfer students in their transfer from one school to another. This site lists the articulation agreements between various schools and CSUSM and is a handy tool for any transferring student. This means that if a course that you have taken at another college is listed as equivalent to a CSUSM course on Assist.org, it will automatically be accepted without additional advisor approval.
This section is meant to give important information towards successful transfer of your courses from your school to CSUSM.
- Lower division classes do not count as upper division classes. Upper division courses must be taken in order to count as completion of this course. For example, if a you take a lower division abnormal psychology course at a community college, it will not count for our upper division abnormal psychology course.
- In order to transfer classes towards the psychology major/minor, students must obtain a grade of a C or better in the course.
- Although some other majors on campus (e.g. Human Development, Social Sciences, etc.) accept other statistics and methods courses to meet their particular degree's requirements, Psychology will ONLY accept the designated courses as prerequisites for Psychology courses and requirements for the Psychology major/minor. Please see an advisor in your major for further information regarding these requirements.
The following are guidelines only: Final assessments are conducted by Psychology Faculty Advisors. Below is a list of classes and guidelines to knowing if your class will be accepted or not accepted as a transfer class:
- PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology). In most cases, we accept Psyc 100 (Introduction to Psychology, General Psychology, or Survey of Psychology) from any college or university; however, there may be rare cases where this is not true. Check assist.org for articulation agreement with CSUSM and your school. If you do not find an articulation agreement through assist.org, please contact a Psychology Advisor for help.
- We also accept AP Psychology for our Psyc 100 course if the student passes with a 3, 4, or 5.
- PSYC 220 (Introductory Statistics in Psychology). We only accept stats courses that are behavioral statistics courses. Most math departments do not offer behavioral stats and most math stats courses will not be approved for the major or for a prerequisite for PSYC 230. The following courses are accepted if the class was passed with a C or better:
Palomar College: Psyc 205
Mt. San Jacinto College: Math 140 or 140A
Mira Costa College: Psyc 104
Mesa College: Psyc 258
Check assist.org for articulation agreement with CSUSM and other schools not listed above. If you don't find the information you need here, please contact a Psychology Advisor for assistance.
Note: Although the University accepts AP Statistics for general education credit if the student earns a 3, 4 or 5 and the AP course was taken before July 1, 2006, the Psychology Department does NOT accept AP Statistics for a Behavioral Statistics course. To determine whether an AP course counts for University credit, see the Undergraduate Advising Services website.
- PSYC 230 (Research Methods). We accept the following research methods courses from local community colleges:
Palomar College: Psyc 230
Mt. San Jacinto College: No research methods equivalent
Mira Costa College: Psyc 205
Mesa: No research methods equivalent
Check assist.org for articulation agreement with CSUSM and other schools not listed above.
Note: you MUST complete Behavioral Statistics before you take Research Methods. You must have earned a C or better in the course. You may not take them concurrently.
- We accept AP Psychology for our Psyc 100 course if the student passes with a 3, 4, or 5.
- The Psychology Department does NOT accept AP Statistics for a Behavioral Statistics course.
- We do not accept any other AP courses/tests for the Psyc major.
- For more information on AP courses, see the Undergraduate Advising Services website.
For further information regarding specific requirements for non-psychology major/minors, please visit their website and or contact the program director/department chair.
Prerequisites are in effect for everyone, regardless of major/minor. Please see the current course description for a list of prerequisites required for each class.