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First Year Undergradute Students

First Year Undergraduate Students

If this is your first year at CSUSM, we warmly welcome you!  We recognize that new students often have questions go beyond planning their schedules, so we offer some general direction to help you plan for a successful first year.


You are likely experiencing a great many changes as you enter your first year of college, and that there is a lot to learn.  We encourage you to seek advice regarding your academic plan, as well as information on college life at CSUSM.  These links will be especially helpful:

  • BA program description provides all the information you need about our undergraduate degree in Psychological Science, including our major and minor worksheets.
  • Advising information provides the links to various advising tools on campus, including information regarding AP exams, the Computer Competency Requirement, and placement tests.
  • Meeting your Psychology Faculty - We strongly encourage you to come to office hours to meet with the Psychological Science faculty and discuss your academic and career plans.
  • Meeting the Psychology Staff - We are there for you and to assist you if you have questions about the Psychology Department. Reach out to Soheyla Mohseni, Academic Coordinator; Sara Ziber and Jill Turner,  Administrative Assistants or stop by the Department office in SBSB 3222.
  • The Psychological Science Student Handbook is an invaluable tool that you should use to get to know the Psychology Department and Curriculum at CSUSM.

Transfer Students

We recognize that you are likely to have a number of questions regarding the Psychological Science major and how the courses you've taken at other colleges and universities may apply to coursework required at CSUSM. To help you navigate this, please use the following links:

All Students

We encourage you to get involved with your peers and faculty at CSUSM.  Two great ways to do this are to get involved with the Psychology Clubs on campus and to participate in the Psychology Students Research Fair.