Congratulations on your acceptance to USD and for choosing to learn more about Psychological Sciences! I created a list below of important links to meet your academic, psychosocial, and spiritual needs to support you while you are here with us for the next few years. If you are wondering about the best place to start, I would suggest the links below on USD’s mission and core values. Then be sure to read about the incredible value of the liberal arts degree that you are working towards at USD. Then go ahead and move on to the general degree requirement links. Before choosing your major, I highly suggest spending thoughtful time examining the most recent Course Catalog. Look for the majors, minors, and/or programs that truly interest you. No matter what major you choose, your liberal arts degree will prepare you to be successful for any career that you want to pursue after graduation. If you chose Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience as your major (or Psychology as your minor), please review our Department’s Advising links and then complete the Advising tutorial before meeting with an advisor. We are so excited to have you at USD. Welcome and I look forward to meeting you soon.
All the best,
Chair, Psychological Sciences
Advising Links for All Students
What is the university Mission? What are the Core Values?
What is the value of a liberal arts education?
How Can I Earn an Undergraduate Degree at USD?
- What do students need to know about all majors and minors at USD?
- What do students need to know about USD’s general requirements for a bachelor’s degree?
What are Some Important Registration Links for Students?
- Important Dates (e.g., add, drop)
- The Annual Academic Calendar (e.g., vacation days, first day of school)
- When To Register
- DegreeWorks and DARS
- Search for Classes
- Course Catalog
- Add/Drop Form
- Registration for Summer and/or Intersession
- One Stop
- How To Transfer Credits to USD and Articulation Agreements, Important Transfer of Credit Information, and Transfer Information for the College. You can submit the Pre-USD form for courses taken before enrolling at USD (include your syllabi for each course that you want to transfer and then submit each form to the department chair that matches your course transfer request). To see what classes have already been accepted for transfer at USD, see the transfer articulation agreements. Be sure to read all of the links above before submitting your course for transfer credit.
- Substitution of Graduation Requirements
- Academic Regulations
- Language Placement
- Math Placement
- English Competency Exams
- AP Credit
- Important Registration Forms (e.g., Petition to Transfer Credit, Independent Study/Research Experience, FERPA)
What are Some Important Academic Support Links for Students?
- One Stop
- Financial Aid
- Residential Life
- Student Wellness (including the Counseling Center and Disability and Learning Differences Resource Center)
- Office of Undergraduate Research (e.g., SURE, McNair, Creative Collaborations Conference, Student Funding)
- Honors Program
- Women’s Center
- United Front Multicultural Center
- Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.)
- Torero ID Card
- University Center and Student Life Pavilion
- University Ministry
- Academic Services
- Pre-Health and Law Preparation
- Career Services
- Academic Support (including Center for Student Success and Student Support Services)
- Student Opportunities (including Scholarships, Clubs, Study Abroad, Research, and more)
Advising Links for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors and Psychology Minors
Where Do I Get Started to Learn More About Psychological Sciences?
- Read about our faculty, our courses, Advising, and our clubs on our Department website
- See posted flyers around Serra Hall for our regular meetings of the Psychology Club and the Psychology Journal Club. All students are welcome to attend department club events.
- Visit our faculty during posted office hours (identified outside of our offices in Serra or online)
What majors and/or minors do you offer? What are the requirements?
I want to be more involved in the Psychological Sciences Department. How can I do that?
- Participate in research experience (496) or an independent study (499). After reviewing our website and meeting with potential research mentors, you can discuss completing a Psychology 496/499 and/or Behavioral Neuroscience 496/499. After you both complete the 496/499 Form and an Add/Drop Form, your mentor will also need to contact the Chair to request that a section (with unit numbers) be added for your 496/499 course.
- Complete an internship or applied experienced opportunity (e.g., research) off campus. Contact the current professor for Psychology 497 (Field Experience) and/or Psychology Internship (498) for more.
- Join Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology
- Attend a Psychology Journal Club or Psychology Club meeting. See flyers posted around Serra Hall.
- Major Field Test for BN majors (Neur 492) and Psychology majors (Psyc 492). This test is required for graduation. Please contact your advisor during the start of your senior year to learn more how to complete this requirement.
- Check out more opportunities and resources for students on our website.
What are Some Important Advising Links That I Need to Know About as a Major or Minor in the Psychological Sciences Department?
- First off, before meeting with an advisor, take the online advising tutorial and then print out a copy of your certificate before meeting with an advisor for registration support.
- Also, read the advising FAQ before meeting with your advisor for registration support.
- Be sure to meet with your academic advisor sooner than later so that we can be sure that you are on track for graduation.