University of Florida | Department of Psychology

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Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered below, please stop by the advising office in Rm. 135 of the Psychology Building to speak with an advisor. You may also call the advising office at (352) 273–2115, but an e-mail to psych-advising@ufl.edu is preferred and is generally answered more quickly.

QUESTIONS ABOUT TRANSFERRING CREDIT

Q: What courses are needed for acceptance to the psychology major as a transfer student?
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For detailed information on transfer students and transferring into the psychology major, visit: http://www.psych.ufl.edu/undergrad/transfer-and-transient-students/.

Q: How many credits may I transfer toward the major in Psychology?
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Students transferring from community colleges can count up to 9 credits toward the major, whereas students transferring from four-year institutions can count up to 18 credits toward the major. Please click the Transfer and Transient Students to view regulations for course transfer.

Q: If I enroll in a Study Abroad program, will I be able to take courses there that will count toward my Psychology major?
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If you have not yet signed up for a Study Abroad program but are interested and have questions about whether the credits will transfer, please email the undergraduate coordinator your course syllabus and course description. You must have a course syllabus before a decision can be made about course credit. Note that if you intend to sign up for the Study Abroad course, you will need to obtain the appropriate paperwork (from CLAS) and bring this form attached to the course syllabus to the advising office for the undergraduate coordinator to sign.

Q: Are there special requirements for transferring Psychology credits to UF for classes taken during the summer?
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Yes. When you want to take courses over the summer at different institutions, you are known as a transient student. Visit the Transfer/Transient Students link for more information.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

Q: Do I have to make an appointment to meet with an advisor?
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No. The advising office does not make appointments. Students are seen on a walk-in basis. Please check our office hours page for the current times. You may also call (352) 273-2115 for our most current hours.

Q: Am I required to meet with an advisor before I register?
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No. You are not required to meet with an advisor before you register for classes.

Q: A psychology class that I need to take is closed – can the advising office add me into the class?
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No. There is no waitlist or reserved seats for courses. Many seats open up during drop/add, so check ONE.UF frequently during that period. It is also important to attend the class during the first week, even if you are not yet registered, so that you do not get behind.

If no seats become available, talk to the professor directly about allowing you to add the course. If permission is given to be added to a full course, fill out this form and bring it to the psychology advising office. There are no guarantees, so make sure to have a backup course that you can take instead if necessary.

Q: I am missing the pre-requisite for a course that I want to take, can I still take the course?
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If you have not yet met a prerequisite for a particular course, you can be added to the course ONLY with instructor permission to waive that pre-requisite. Complete this form (detailed instructions are on the form) and bring it to the psychology advising office.

Q: I have met the pre-requisite for a course and ONE.UF is still not letting me register.
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Double-check what the pre-requisites are for the course. If ONE.UF continues to not allow you to register, you can come to the advising office and one of the advisors can add you to the course (if it is still open). Alternately, if you send us an email with your name, UFID, the course and section number, we can give you input consent which will allow you to add the course.

Q: How can I get into a course that is “departmentally controlled”?
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Contact the instructor of the course to find out the procedures for adding that course.

Q: How do I get a hold on my record removed in order to register?
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The Psychology Advising Office will not be able to remove any holds. The CLAS Academic Advisement Center removes all holds for psychology majors that are related to tracking, etc. Other holds may be removed by payment of charges due or completing other requirements. You can see the exact nature of your hold by checking ONE.UF (under “My Records”).

Q: What do I need to do to avoid a late fee for registration?
A.
You will only be assessed a $100 late fee if you have not registered for ANY classes before the drop/add period begins. As long as you are registered for at least one course, you will not be assessed a late fee for adding/dropping course during drop/add, or adding any individual work courses onto your schedule.

Q: How do I register for individual work credits (e.g. credit for working in a faculty member’s lab or doing volunteer work)?
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Individual work credits cannot be added through ONE.UF. Forms for individual work credits can be found on the advising web page Registration Forms for Individual Work Courses. Download and print the appropriate form and get all necessary signatures. Bring the form to the psychology advising office to have the credits added to your schedule.

Q: What is the deadline for adding individual work credits?
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The deadline to add individual work credits for a given semester is the midpoint of that semester. Check the website or with the psychology advising office for the exact date. If credits are added during drop/add then the psychology advisors can sign you up for the credits. If the credits are added after drop/add (up to the midpoint of the semester) then a few extra steps are needed (see next question).

Q: How do add individual work credits after the drop/add deadline?
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The Individual work form is still brought to psychology advising first, along with a schedule adjustment form. An advisor will sign off on your course schedule change form. This form is then brought to Academic Advising (Farrier Hall) for the College Deans (or authorized representative) signature. Finally, you bring the form to the Office of the University Registrar, 222 Criser Hall, where the credits are added.

Q: How do add a course after drop/add ends?
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For any course other than individual work, you must obtain the instructor’s permission to add using this form. Bring that completed form and a completed Course Schedule Adjustment form to the advising office. An advisor will sign off on your Course Schedule Adjustment form and enter appropriate permissions into the computer. You will then take the Course Schedule Adjustment form to the Academic Advising Center (Farrior Hall) where you will be registered for the course.

MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY

Q: Is my psychology degree a B.S. or B. A.?
A.
B.S.

Q: How can I found out what the Critical Tracking Courses are for Psychology?
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Note that a minimum UF GPA of 2.80 and GPA of 2.75 for all critical tracking coursework are required. For more information visit the requirements for the psychology major web page.

Q: How can I have a dual or double major with psychology?
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Get a double major form from your college advising office, fill it out, and bring it to the departments that need to sign it.

Q: Can I have psychology as a minor?
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No, the psychology department does not offer a minor.

Q: What courses count as Psychology electives?
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Any course from the 3000-, 4000-, and 5000- level courses in psychology will count toward your electives. Note that 3 credits of 2000-level courses can count toward this requirement. The UF correspondence course in Industrial/Organizational psychology (INP4004) can also count toward this requirement, as will 3000- and 4000-level courses in Clinical and Health Psychology. In addition, up to 9 credits of individual work courses (see below under “Getting Involved”) will count toward your electives.

Q: Who can I talk to if I have questions about careers in Psychology?
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If you have questions about career possibilities for Psychology majors, you can ask us in Psychology Advising or visit the Career Resource Center on the first floor of the Reitz Union. The CRC can assist you with career exploration, internship/job searches/preparation, and much more. Please visit http://www.crc.ufl.edu for more information and/or to request an appointment.

GETTING INVOLVED

Q: How can I get credit for doing research in faculty member’s lab (PSY4911)?
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Visit the Research Experience link for detailed information.

Q: How can I get credit for doing volunteer work (PSY4949)?
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Visit the Volunteer Experience link for detailed information.

Q: What is a senior thesis? How can I get credit for doing a senior thesis (PSY4970)?
A.
Visit the Research Experience link for detailed information.

Q: What is the difference between PSY4905 and PSY4911?
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Visit the Research Experience link for detailed information.

Q: How do I register for the aforementioned individual work credits? What is the deadline for registering for these credits?
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See above (link to above reg answers).

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: How do I graduate with honors?
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Majors with at least a 3.5 GPA in their psychology courses, AND in all upper division coursework (i.e., courses taken after you have earned 60 semester credits), can graduate with College Honors.

Q: How do I graduate with high or highest honors?
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High Honors or Highest Honors can only be earned through completion of a satisfactory senior thesis. For more information on senior theses, visit the Research Experience link. Students must take at least 1 credit of PSY 4970 (Senior Thesis) in the semester that they plan to defend the thesis.

Q. If I need help writing a resume or vita, where can I go?
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If you need help writing a resume or vita (a more detailed summary of your educational and academic backgrounds), you can visit the psychology undergraduate advisors in PSY 135, or visit the career resource center (CRC). Please visit http://www.crc.ufl.edu for more information and/or to request an appointment.