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Information for Transfer Students

Welcome to Southern!  Here is some important information for you if you're considering transferring to SCSU to pursue a major in Psychology. Click on each tab to read more:

What you should know about our program before applying

Admission versus Acceptance
Our Psychology department has an acceptance procedure to the major that's separate from admission to Southern Connecticut State University. You must be accepted into the Psychology major in order to fulfill several required upper-level Psychology courses. Until you're accepted, you will be considered a "Pre-Psychology" major.

We encourage students to apply for acceptance as soon as they are eligible, because a number of Psychology requirements are restricted to accepted majors.

In the major requirements (click here to see), Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 are pre-acceptance requirements.  Groups 5, 6, 7, and 8 are post-acceptance requirements.  Groups 9 and 10 (electives) can be taken either before or after acceptance, depending which courses you choose. (The groupings are slightly different for the Mental Health and Bachelor of Science specializations, but they also have a separation between pre-acceptance and post-acceptance courses.)

The requirements for acceptance are:

1) at least 39 credits overall;
2) an overall GPA of at least 2.70;
3) at least two Psychology courses at the 200-level or higher with a grade of at least B-.
(Note that these are slightly different than the requirements listed in the university catalog. The catalog will be updated in Fall 2016.)

We work with transfer students to expedite the acceptance process. You can use your GPA and Psychology course grades from your current school to meet the acceptance requirements (if it will work to your advantage). If you do meet the requirements, you will be able to apply for acceptance at the beginning of your first semester enrolled at Southern. Otherwise, you can apply in your second semester, based on your total number of credits (transfer and SCSU) and your grades in your one semester at SCSU.

Click here to learn more about the acceptance process.

Degree Programs in Psychology

• We have three degree programs in Psychology: The B.A. in Psychology General (the most flexible and popular option); the B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health; and the B.S. in Psychology, which has informal tracks in Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Applied Psychology & Assessment

You can learn more about the programs here.

NOTE:  Students can not formerly enroll in the Mental Health program or the B.S. program until after acceptance. If you're interested in one of these programs, you can contact the program directors for more information.

What you should do after you've been accepted at SCSU

Before the semester starts:

  • Sign up for a Transfer Student Orientation session.  At TSO, you will either meet with a Psychology professor or a full-time academic advisor, who will help you choose courses. You should bring an up-to-date transcript from your current school (unofficial is fine).
  • Review your prior school transcript and your new SCSU transcript, to make sure that your courses have transferred correctly.
  • Choose courses:  If you don't meet with a Psychology professor at the TSO session, or if you have additional questions or concerns about your schedule, you can email the Psychology chairperson, Dr. Brancazio, for additional help.  Generally speaking, you should take courses that fulfill the pre-acceptance Psychology requirements (if you haven't already).

-- PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology.  If you've already taken it, then you should focus on:
-- PSY 259, Statistics in Psychology. This is required for all Psychology majors, and is a prerequisite for most upper-level Psychology courses. Therefore, you should take it as soon as you can!  The prerequisite is completion of your university Quantitative Reasoning requirement (MAT 103 or 107, for most students).
-- One or two of PSY 210, 215, 219, 220, 227, 228, or 298 (if you have transferred less than two of these)
-- One of PSY 306, 318, 320, 321, 361, 366, 370, 398 (if you've already taken a 200-level PSY course)
-- Courses that fulfill LEP requirements.

If your transferred courses fulfill all or most of the pre-acceptance requirements and the LEP requirements (or if the courses that fulfill these are all closed), we can give you permission to take one post-acceptance course in your first semester, even if you're taking PSY 259 at the same time. If this applies to you, make sure you ask about this during transfer student orientation (or email the department chairperson if you've already attended orientation).

After the semester starts:

1. Make sure you are listed as a Psychology major. If you selected Psychology as your major when you first enrolled, then you should already be listed as a Psychology major (you can tell by looking at your information in Banner). If you aren't listed as a Psychology major, then:

- Go to the online Selection of Degree Program site on the SCSU web page.  Choose either Psychology, BA: Concentration - Pre-Psychology or Psychology, B.S.: Concentration - Pre-Psychology.  (Note:  you might be interested in the Mental Health concentration.  You can select the specialization after you've been accepted into the major.)

You will get a confirmation notice when your request has been processed and approved (it may take a couple of days).

2. Fill out our New Major Survey.  (It should only take about 1-2 minutes.)

3. Figure out who your Psychology advisor is, based on your last name, and learn about how advising works for new Psychology majors, by going to this page.

Here are a few key points about advising:

• We have five professors who serve as advisors only for pre-accepted majors, so you will be assigned to one of them as your first advisor, even if you're going to be eligible for acceptance. These advisors work together and schedule small (5-7 student) group advising sessions, and hold sessions specifically for new transfer students. You can also meet individually with your advisor if you have questions that can't be addressed in a group meeting.

• We schedule group advising sessions specifically for new transfer students, so the discussion will be focused on the issues and concerns of transfers, not freshmen.

• After you're accepted, you will be assigned to a permanent advisor, who will also be a professor in the Psychology department. Once you have this advisor, you'll be able to schedule individual appointments with him or her.

Apply for acceptance.  The acceptance application deadline is typically announced in the second or third week of each semester (September and January). Click here to see how the acceptance process works and to download the acceptance form.  The form is an Excel spreadsheet that will tell you if you meet the acceptance requirements. Make sure you have your prior school transcript available, because you will need to submit a copy with your application if you want to apply prior grades and GPA.

Information for students at Connecticut Community Colleges

Psychology faculty members at all of CSUs, all of the community colleges, and Charter Oak have worked together to create a set of Psychology courses that will transfer to any of the CSUs or Charter Oak and will count toward the major requirements at each school. The following recommendations will work for any of the schools, but are tailored specifically for transfer to SCSU.

Recommended courses
    • PSY 111, General Psychology I,or PSY 112, General Psychology II.  Note: Only one of these courses can transfer as PSY 100 at SCSU. If you take both, then PSY 112 will not count as credit toward the Psychology major, but it will count as a general university elective (meaning that it will count toward the 120 credits you need to graduate).
    • PSY 245 (Abnormal Psych)
    • One or two of:  PSY 240 (Social Psych), PSY 243 (Personality), PSY 247 (Industrial/Organizational Psych)
    • One of:  PSY 201 (Lifespan Dev.); PSY 200, 202, 203, or 204 (Child Dev.); PSY 205, 206, or 207 (Adolescent Dev.); or PSY 208 (Adult Dev.).
    • One other 200-level Psychology course, to be selected with advisement.  Recommended choices:  PSY 257 (Psychological Statistics, Gateway CC only), PSY 212 (Health Psychology) PSY 249 (Abnormal Child Psychology)
    • MAT 167 (Principles of Statistics; May be offered as MAT 165 or MAT 168 at some schools)
    • Two or three semesters of a foreign language:  e.g., SPA or FRE 100, 101, and 201. The third semester will fulfill SCSU's World Language requirement.


You can learn about how your courses will transfer to SCSU here.

Additional Information for Students at Gateway and Housatonic Community Colleges:

SCSU has a new agreement with Gateway and Housatonic called LAS to LEPIf you receive an Associates of Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, most of SCSU's Liberal Education Program (LEP) requierments will be automatically waived. You will only need to complete:

  • Quantitative Reasoning, which you can complete at GCC or HCC by taking MAT 167.
  • World Languages, which you can complete at GCC or HCC by taking SPA 201, FRE 201, etc., or by demonstrating proficiency on a STAMP test.
  • An LEP Tier III course, which must be taken at SCSU.