The prerequisites courses are:

A. Three undergraduate psychology courses. Prior to starting Fall semester classes, you must have completed three undergraduate psychology courses. These courses are: (1) Lifespan Development, (2) Theories of Personality, and (3) Abnormal Psychology (a.k.a. Psychopathology). Note: prerequiste courses have 10 years limitation. The courses that you took more than 10 years ago cannot be considered for admission.

All of the undergraduate psychology classes must have been completed within ten years from the date of enrollment (i.e., Fall admission). In addition, classes taken for credit will not be accepted. You must receive a letter grade of C or better. A grade of C- will not be accepted. Please keep copies of the prerequisite syllabi so that you are able to include them in your department program application. It is your responsibility to ensure that the proper courses are taken. Please check the appropriate university website(s) for their most current information. Refer to the legend at the bottom of the last page for information on special notations. This document is a courtesy to applicants. The Counseling Department staff will not respond to any requests for clarification on the approved courses listed below. Upon acceptance to the program, the department will clarify prerequisite questions.



PSYC 431

Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Fundamental principles of developmental psychology; origin and development of behavior. Must be a course that spans throughout the lifespan, i.e. from birth to death.

PSYC 451

Theories of Personality. Survey of the major contemporary theories of personality. Theoretical positions are compared and critically examined along various significant dimensions, including their relationships to the total field of psychology. Methods of personality assessment as related in theory construction.

PSYC 452

Abnormal Psychology, Minor Variants of Personality. The nature and development of emotional disturbances which result in a person's failure to adapt adequately in this society; contemporary theories of personality development as well as a clinical description of the neuroses. Note: Psychopathology, which is the science or study of mental disorders, is also known as Abnormal Psychology.

As of Spring 2018

California Institution Theories of Personality Lifespan Developmental Abnormal/Psychopathology
Alliant International University GEN 1005    
Allan Hancock College   PSYC 118  
American River College   PSYCH 370  
Biola University PSYC 411 PSYC 320 PSYC 309
Berkeley City College (aka Peralta)   PSYCH 21 PSYCH 24
Cabrillo College PSYCH 26   PSYCH 31
Cal Poly Pomona State University PSY 403 PSY 305 PSY 415
California Poly State University, SLO PSY 305 PSY 256 PSY 405
Canada College   PSYC 200 PSYC 410
Cerritos College PSYC 150 PSYC 251 PSYC 271
Cerro Coso Community College   PSYC C211 PSYC C241
Chabot College   PSYC 12 PSYC 6
Chaffey College   PSYCH 25  PSYCH 55
Citrus College   **PSY 205  PSY 212
City College of San Francisco PSYC 11 (or online) PSYC 21 (or online) PSYC 10 (or online)
Claremont McKenna College PSYC 131    
Clovis Community College   PSYC 38 PSYC 16
Coastline Community College   PSYCHOLOGY C118 PSYCHOLOGY C255
College of Alameda PSY 3   PSYCH 24
College of Marin **PSY 111 PSY 114 PSY 204
College of San Mateo PSYC 225 PSYC 200 PSYC 410
College of the Canyons   PSYC 172 PSYC 212
College of the Redwoods   **PSYCH 11 PSYCH 38
College of the Sequoias     PSY 034
College of the Siskiyous     PSY 1502
Columbia College   PSYC 10  
Contra Costa College PSYCH 130 PSYCH 128 PSYCH 132
Copper Mountain College   PSY 003  
Cosumnes River College   PSYC 371 PSYC 340
Crafton Hills College **PSYCH 103 PSYCH 111 **PSYCH 110
CSU Bakersfield     PSYC 315
CSU Channel Islands PSYC 317 PSYC 213 PSYC 313
CSU Chico PSYC 382 PSYC 603 or *PSYC (355) PSYC 381
CSU Dominguez Hills PSY 360 *PSYC (350 & 351 & 352) PSY 363
CSU East Bay PSYC 4620 PSYC 4420 PSYC 4410
CSU Fresno PSYCH 154  PSYCH 155  PSYCH 166
CSU Fullerton PSYC 431 or PSY 331 PSYC 361  & 103 (must be taken together) PSYC 341
CSU Long Beach PSY 356   PSY 370
CSU Monterey Bay   PSY 340 PSY 320
CSU Northridge   **PSY 200 or PSY 313 **PSY 310
CSU Sacramento PSYC 130   PSYC 168
CSU San Bernardino PSYC 385 PSYC 201 PSYC 390
CSU Stanislaus PSYC 3320 (online) PSYC (3140 & 3240) PSYC 3350
Cuyamaca College   PSY 150 PSY 170
DeAnza College PSYC 5 PSYC 14 PSYC 4
Diablo Valley College PSYCH 220 PSYCH 200 PSYCH 230
East Los Angeles College   PSY 41 PSY 14
El Camino College   Psychology 16 Psychology 15
Evergreen Valley College   PSYCH 092 PSYCH 099
Folsom Lake College   PSYC 370  
Foothill College PSYC 33 PSYC 40 PSYC 25
Fresno City College   PSY 38 PSY 16
Fullerton College   PSY 139 PSY 222
Glendale Community College   PSYCHOLOGY 106  
Golden West College   Psychology G118 Psychology G255
Grossmont College   **Psychology 150 PSY 170
Hartnell College   **PSY 25 PSY 22
Holy Names University PSYC 160   PSYC 168
Imperial Valley College   PSY 204 **PSY 208
Irvine Valley College PSYC 32 PSYC 6 or 106 PSYC 37
Lake Tahoe Community College PSY 107   PSY 202
Las Positas College   PSYC 12 PSYC 6
Long Beach City College PSYCH 33   PSYCH 14
Los Angeles City College PSYC 3 PSYCH 41 PSY 14
Los Angeles Harbor College **Psychology 3 Psychology 41 PSY 14
Los Angeles Mission College   Psychology 41 PSY 14
Los Angeles Pierce College   Psychology 41 PSY 14
Los Angeles Southwest College   Psychology 41 PSY 14
Los Angeles Valley College **Psychology 3 Psychology 41 PSY 14
Marymount University **PSY 240 PSY 220 PSY 218
Mendocino College PSY 212 PSY 210 PSY 218
Merced College   PSYC 09 PSYC 25
Merritt College     **PSYCH 24
MiraCosta College   PSYC 121 PSYC 114
Mission College   PSYCH 012 PSYCH 025
Modesto Junior College   **PSYCH 141 PSYCH 105
Monterey Peninsula College   PSYC 25 PSYC 35
Moorpark College   PSY M07 PSY M08
Mount San Antonio College   PSYC 14 PSYC 19
Mt. San Jacinto College   **PSYC 103 **PSYC 108C
Napa Valley College PSYC 175 PSYC 125  
Norco College PSYC 33 PSYC 9 PSYC 35
Ohlone College   PSY 108 PSY 115
Orange Coast College Psychology A220 Psychology A130 Psychology A255
Oxnard College   PSY R108  
Palo Verde College   **PSY 201 PSY 210
Palomar College   PSYC 110 PSYC 225
Pasadena City College   PSYCH 24  
Porterville College   PSYC C211  **PSYCH 241
Reedley College   PSY 38 **PSY 16
Rio Hondo College   PSY 112 PSY 114
Sacramento City College   PSYC 370 PSYC 340
Saddleback College     PSYC 37
San Bernardino Valley College   PSYCH 111 PSYCH 110
San Diego City College   PSYC 230 PSYC 245
San Diego Mesa College PSYC 155 PSYC 230 PSYC 245
San Diego Miramar College     PSYC 245
San Diego State University PSY 351 PSY 230 PSY 350
San Joaquin Delta College **PSYCH 003 **PSYCH 006 PSYCH 007
San Jose City College   PSYCH 092 PSYCH 099
San Jose State University     PSYC 110
Santa Ana College   *Psychology (140 & 157) Psychology 250
Santa Barbara City College   PSY 145 PSY 170
Santa Clara University   PSY 185** PSYC 115
Santa Monica College PSYCH 3 PSYCH 19 PSYCH 14
Santa Rosa Junior College PSYCH 7 *PSYCH (4 & 56) PSYCH 5
Santiago Canyon College **Psychology 230   PSYC 250
Shasta College     PSYC 17
Sierra College   **PSYC 0104 PSYCH 107
Skyline College   PSYC 200 PSYC 410
Solano Community College     PSYC 005
Sonoma State University PSY 461 PSY 302  PSY 425
Southwestern College     PSYC 250
University of California: Berkeley PSYCH 150 or x176 PSYCH 140 or x140 PSYCH 130, 131 or x145
University of California: Davis PSYCH 142 or 162 *HDE 100 (A-B-C) PSYCH 168
University of California: Irvine PSYCH 120P or 170S PSYCH 120D PSYCH 120A or C
University of California: Los Angeles PSYCH 129D   PSYCH 127A (only)
University of California: Merced   **PSY 290  
University of California: Riverside   **PSYC 160  
University of California: Santa Barbara **PSY 104   PSY 103
University of California: Santa Cruz     PSYC 170
University of Phoenix PSY 230 or 250 BSHS 342 PSY 410
University of Redlands   **PSYC 445 PSYC 344
University of San Francisco PSYC 318   PSY 313
Ventura College   PSYC V05 PSY V15
Victor Valley College **PSYCH 103 PSYC 110 PSYC 213
West Hills College Coalinga   PSYC 3  
West Hills College Lemoore   PSYC 3 PSYCH 2
West Los Angeles College   PSYC 41 PSY 14
West Valley College   PSYC 012 PSYCH 025
Yuba College **PSYCH 33 PSYC 41 PSYCH 46

*All courses listed must be completed to be considered equivalent to the one psychology course at SFSU.

** Needs syllabus to verify means that you must obtain a syllabus for that course. Further:

Note: Courses with an asterisk require additional documentation (syllabus) that the course meets our criteria. The department does not pre-approve courses with asterisks. Students who take and submit these courses are doing so at the risk of having the course rejected.


  • For the Theories of Personality course: you must obtain the course syllabus from the appropriate institution and fax or email the syllabus to the department so that the appropriate coordinator can approve the course. You will receive an email from the department within a week as to whether or not the course has been accepted. Be sure that you write your full name and email address on the syllabus so that we can respond back to you.
  • For the Lifespan Developmental Psychology course: obtain the course syllabus from the appropriate institution and first check that the course covers the entire lifespan (from birth to death) before sending a copy of the syllabus to the department for verification. If the syllabus does not mention the entire lifespan (e.g. conception, adolescence, adulthood, and old age), then you can assume that the course is not equivalent and must therefore take the course at another institution. Once you can initially verify that the course covers the entire lifespan, then fax or email the syllabus to the department so that the appropriate coordinator can approve the course. You will receive an email from the department within a week as to whether or not the course has been accepted. Be sure that you write your full name and email address    on the syllabus so that we can respond back to you.

Since these are undergraduate level courses, they are generally offered under similar titles across different Universities. If you are interested in taking the prerequisites at another school (not listed in the above list), please check your school’s Catalogue or Bulletin and match the appropriate courses to the psychology prerequisites at SFSU. The course title should be pretty clear as to whether or not the course meet our requirements. For example, we require a lifespan developmental psychology course. If the title of the course you are interested in at another institution only says “Developmental Psychology”, then you will need to verify that the class covers psychological development throughout the entire lifespan, i.e. from birth to death. Use that institution’s course bulletin, catalog, or online descriptions for verification. Refer to the bullet points in the legend above for further instructions.




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