Psychology Advisement FAQ

Departmental Advisement FAQ

Scheduling an Appointment

The College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Center is putting the following safety preventative measures in place to ensure the health of our staff and students during COVID-19 (  All advisement appointments will be handled virtually. Arts & Sciences Advisors are available to you during this difficult time. Our full schedule will be appointments, no walk-ins. Appointments will still be the normal 30 minutes sessions. When scheduling an appointment in LoboAchieve, please indicate the following: 

  1. Method of appointment- Select from Skype Call or Phone Call.
  2. Skype Call- In order to do a skype call, you will need to download SKYPE FOR BUSINESS at this link. You can download this to your computer or from your cellular device app store. You will need to login with your UNM netid and password.
  3. Phone Call- If it is necessary for you to have a phone call appointment, please provide us with your phone number. We will call you at the time of the scheduled appointment from a blocked number.  
  4. Reason for your appointment  
    • Holds on account 
    • Class schedule 
    • Registration questions 
    • Other (Please give a brief explanation of the reason for the appointment)  

Appointments are made by last name:

  • Jennifer Serrano: A-L
  • Azure Leyba:  M-Z

For help with scheduling in LoboAchieve visit here.


Current students may check their Registration Hold(s) on LoboWeb:

  • Log-in to using your UNM Net ID and Password
  • Select the Student Life Tab
  • Click on LoboWeb
  • Click on Registration & Records
  • Registration (Add/Drop), Course search, Check for Holds
  • Registration portal
  • Check My Registration Status
  • Choose term

New Student Learning/ Graduation Planning: If you have a hold for Graduation Planning or New Student Learning Workshops, online versions of these will be emailed to you. If you have a Department Orientation hold, your advisor will contact you about how to resolve that via distance. Please monitor your UNM email for updates.

Admissions Hold: Contact Admissions at 277-8900

Bursar Hold: Contact Bursar at 277-5363


New to A&S Hold: Contact the Arts & Sciences Advisement Center at 277-4621 to set up appointment.

Registration Errors and Restricted Sections

If you receive a “Program restriction” error, this means that you are trying to register for a MOPS (Managed Online Programs) course. These courses are restricted to students who are admitted to the MOPS program. You cannot get an override into these courses.

Degree Planning

BA - Bachelor of Arts; BS - Bachelor of Science. The difference between the two degrees is basically the number of science and math credits that you have earned vs. the amount of other classes. To earn a BS Degree, you must have a majority of coursework in a science field. Thus a minor in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or Anthropology (Biological Anthropology or Human Evolutionary Ecology) with a major in psychology constitutes a BS.

BA: 36 credit hours in psychology. 18 of these hours MUST be taken at UNM.

BS: 35 credit hours in psychology, student must take a 300/400 level psychology lab. 18 of these hours MUST be taken at UNM.

See major checklist for specific courses.

Most employers will not distinguish between a BA and BS if a degree is required. If a student is strong in the math and science areas, then the B.S. is the appropriate choice. However, if a student is not strong in math and science courses, then the B.A. degree is most probably the better choice.

Other Information

A Bachelor’s degree in psychology qualifies a person to assist psychologists and other professionals in community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programs; to work as a research or administrative assistants; and to take jobs as trainees in government of business. However without additional academic training their advancement opportunities in psychology are severely limited.

Students frequently ask, "What can I do with a major in psychology?" Regardless of the major, the answer is more or less the same: there are a variety of directions a person can head with a four-year college degree. This is particularly true of liberal arts graduates.

The following are our former PSY 100-200 level courses, now 1000-2000 level PSYC courses:

  • PSY 105/PSYC 1110          Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 200/PSYC 2510          Statistical Principles     
  • PSY 220/PSYC 2120          Developmental Psychology        
  • PSY 240/PSYC 2250          Brain & Behavior             
  • PSY 260/PSYC 2270          Learning & Memory       
  • PSY 265/PSYC 2220          Cognitive Psychology     
  • PSY 271/PSYC 2110          Social Psychology           
  • PSY 280/PSYC 2320          Health Psychology