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Advising Information

Reference Information

There are many sources of information about the Psychology Department at CSUSM. Most of the information needed to develop your program of studies is contained in CSUSM General Catalog and the Schedule of Classes. The CHAD Student Handbook has been developed to provide additional information.

Faculty Advising

If you have questions about specific degree requirements, course selection, or careers related to Child and Adolescent Development, we encourage you to speak with any of the faculty listed below. In addition, once you declare CHAD as your major, we strongly recommend that you meet with a faculty member for advising on major requirements and career and graduate school options.   

For questions pertaining to your major contact any of the faculty below: 

Faculty   Email Office Hours
 DeLuca Bishop, Haylee Monday & Wednesday- 1:30pm-2:30pm, in person

 Hamill, Sharon By Appointment
 Jobin, Allison Thursday- 1:00pm-3:00pm, in person, or by appointment
Phung, Janice Tuesday- 10:00am-11:00am, Thursday- 2:30pm-4:30pm, in person and virtual
Pulvers, Kim (Program Director) Wednesday- 11:30am-12:30pm, in person, virtual by appointment
Vanderbilt, Kimberly By Appointment

Course Approvals

Do you want to take a course through CSU Online or at another university? You MUST receive approval BEFORE you take a MAJORS course.   Even if a course has a similar/same name, it does not mean it includes the same content or meets our department course requirements.  You MUST send a course description and syllabus and receive approval before taking a majors course off campus or online but we do NOT need to approve GE or non-majors courses. This is true for all CSU online courses.

The faculty member below can evaluate courses you have taken at other institutions to determine if they can be transferred to the CHAD major at CSUSM and can answer general advising questions.

Note: Faculty approval is required for all courses except for PSYC 100, 220 and 230 and PSYC 210 and 215 if they are specifically articulated with a community college. See

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) Advising

CSUSM also offers academic advising for lower division course work for CHAD undergraduate students.  Students should meet with a College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences advisor for general education and graduation requirements.  Appointments to see an advisor can be made via the Academic Advising website.  

CHAD lower division undergraduate advisor: 

Benita Ramirez, MS

Phone: 760-750-4098
Office: Administrative Building 1300



Questions about non-CHAD aspects of your educational program will probably require referral to other advisors. Undergraduate Advising Services are located on the 1st floor of Administrative Building.

Applying for Graduation

Graduation is not automatic upon the completion of requirements. Students who intend to graduate must take the initiative. Upon completion of 85 units, the student is eligible to file an application for graduation with Enrollment Services. The Class Schedule each semester specifies the filing date, which is well in advance of the expected graduation date.

Your application for graduation will result in notification to the Psychology Department.

Career Counseling

The Career Center offers a variety of services to assist students in choosing educational paths, assessing life direction and establishing career goals. Some of the services include:

  • Personal career counseling
  • Workshops, seminars and professional panels
  • Career library resources
  • Graduate school information
  • Job and career position listings

The Psychology Department's Liaison to the Career Center contact info:

Joshua Galea’i


Phone: 760-750-7628

Office: Administrative Building 1300

In addition, Psychology faculty have further information on careers in psychology, including a booklet published by the American Psychological Association entitled Careers in Psychology.

4-Year Roadmaps

4-Year Roadmaps is a useful tool for Freshman and Sophomore level CSUSM students who are just beginning their academic studies.  Information entered into the program will produce a "roadmap" of the first two years of courses that should be taken.


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.

From transfer advising session (PowerPoint)