Welcome to the Psychology Department!

Congratulations, Dr. Lynch

Thank you, Dr. Lynch!

Dr. Lynch will be retiring from SF State at the end of the fall semester after 28 years in the department. During her time with us, she has taught over 35,000 students and has been recognized by both students and the Academic Senate for her Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, she has served on numerous committees ranging from spearheading diversity initiatives to developing service learning opportunities for students.

She has been an intricate part of life within the Psychology Department at SF State for many years. Having earned an Associates of Arts degree, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University. She began teaching in the Department in 1987 and continued to teach while earning her Ph.D. from the University of California Davis.  

Dr. Lynch personifies what it means to be a member of the Psychology Department and a Gator. We would like to congratulate Dr. Lynch on all her accomplishments and the start of a new chapter in life. Her positive attitude and unique intellect will be missed. 

Major Requirements

The Core requirements consist of PSY 200, 303, 305GWAR, 371, 400 and 690. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all core classes and a grade of CR must be earned in 303 and 690. Courses 200, 305, 371 and 400 must be taken for a letter grade. There are three basic areas in which students must complete 6 units apiece, for a total of 18 units. Additionally, students must complete 9 units from upper division Psychology electives or from any basic areas.

Mandatory Advising

Students that need to fulfill the Mandatory Advising Requirement must complete the following:

  • Discuss your plans and address any questions you might have about the major with your advisor and obtain their signature.
  • Submit signed form to EP 301 for advising clearance.

Psychology Major Program Impaction

In July 2009, the California State University Chancellor's Office approved impaction status for the Psychology Department. Impaction was declared to help ensure that we are able to serve over 700 undergraduate majors.

Admission to the Psychology major is a selective and competitive process. The Department faculty, in consultation with the University Admissions Office, reviews impaction admissions criteria on an annual basis. Applications for admission to the major are accepted annually between October 1 and November 30.