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Rebecca Cameron, Ph.D. Department Chair

Welcome to the Sacramento State Psychology Department's web site. Please explore the site to learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our outstanding student groups. Opportunities for learning extend beyond the classroom to involvement in research labs and community settings, where students learn skills that include scientific thinking, research and analytic strategies, multicultural awareness, and ethical decision-making.

Be sure to meet with us in person as well as visiting us online. Prospects peer mentors are available to answer questions and to support your undergraduate experience Monday through Friday in AMD 358, and faculty advisors are available during office hours to discuss your interests and goals. Click here to find the office hours for our major advisors.

Rebecca Cameron,Ph.D., Department Chair

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9th - Instruction begins (summer 2nd 6wk)

28-31 - Freshman Orientation and Registration


1-3 - Late Orientation and Registration

13-23 - Fall 2018 Open Registration and Change of schedule

27 - Instruction begins

Psychology Undergraduate Major Application

The Psychology Supplemental Application is now closed. The application will reopen in Fall 2018.


Contact Cheryl Lugo at with any questions.

Psychology Department News

Catalog Changes

You may have heard that our catalog requirements have changed.

The requirements for the Fall 2018 catalog will be the following:

–Total 13 units of lower division: CHDV 30, PSYC 2, PSYC 4, PSYC 8, and PSYC 9
–PSYC 100 and PSYC 121
–One upper division methods
–One biological processes
–Four courses from the Cognitive/Learning and Individual/Social processes categories with at least one course from each category
–One human diversity
–One capstone
–Total of 3 units of upper division Psychology course electives

Total units: 46 – 50 (33 – 37 upper division units required)

How this affects you depends on your academic situation:
  • Current Psychology Majors will remain in their current catalog year and will not be automatically switched to the Fall 2018 catalog.
  • Students that choose to be in the new catalog as well as incoming students will now be required to take:
–CHDV 30 – Human Development
–PSYC 9 – Introductory Statistics instead of PSYC 101 – Statistics for Psychology
–PSYC 121 – Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research
  • Students that want to remain in their current catalog can take new classes towards the 6 units of upper division electives in the major:
–PSYC 129 – Behavioral Research Methods
–PSYC 183 – Teaching of Psychology.
What's up with PSYC 101?

The former upper division PSYC 101 – Statistics for Psychology is now a lower division course, PSYC 9 – Introductory Statistics for Psychology. Current students who need to take or repeat PSYC 101, will be able to use PSYC 9 instead or possibly transfer in a course from a Community College (see PSYC F18 Registration Form.pdf ) .

What about prerequisites?

Many of the prerequisites have changed. Current majors and minors having issues with registering should contact the Psychology department office.


Contact the Psychology Department at 916-278-6254 or

Also check out the following researouces:

Navigating the FA18 Catalog.pptx

For a full explanation and answers to some common questions, watch the video: Navigating the F18 Catalog.mp4


New Course: PSYC 183 Teaching of Psychology

Are you interested in learning more about the issues and strategies involved with teaching at the University level, while gaining practical experience in teaching related activities? 

Applications are now open for our new Fall 2018 class!

Course Description (3 units)
Study of best practices in the Teaching of Psychology.  Selected topics may include, course preparation, skills for fostering student learning, strategies for improving student writing, theories of assessment, using technology in the classroom, sensitivity to diversity, teaching special populations, and the ethical and legal issues faced in the classroom. Students attend scheduled seminars on course topics and outside the course are mentored by a professor in the Department of Psychology (called Faculty Mentor/Sponsor).  Credit/No Credit only.  1 hour seminar, 2 hours by arrangement each week.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

  • One 50 min lecture a week – MONDAYS 12:00-12:50 pm
  • Shadow Psychology professor for hands-on learning about teaching
  • fulfills the elective requirement for current majors

Applications are being accepted in AMD 350 now!

Download the application here: PSYC 183 Application - Fall 2018


Instructor Permission required to enroll.

  • If you have a professor whom you would like to shadow, please contact them to see if they are able to mentor you for the Fall semester.
  • Professors will need to agree to work with students before a student can be enrolled.
  • We will try and find a mentor for students who have not been able to find one.
  • (see application for more details)

For more information, please contact Dr. Emily Wickelgren at


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