BA in Psychology

Students Phuong Le and Alejandro Espinosa

The BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Psychology emphasizes the scientific foundation of psychology. The program is flexible, designed to provide students with the opportunity to tailor coursework, research experience and experiential learning to their particular interests, as well as pursue an additional major or minor. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers, as well as graduate study in psychology and related fields (e.g., law, business, education, social work).

Degree Requirements

The BA in Psychology requires a total of 35 credit hours. Students must complete 11 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits. 

Prerequisites
Prior to declaring a major in psychology, students must complete the following four courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:

  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 
  • ULC 148 Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent* or higher 
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics 
  • PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology

After Admission
Once admitted to the program, students must complete an additional seven courses:

  • Four 300-level courses, one from each substantive area of psychology
  • Three specialized 400-level electives*

*These smaller courses (no more than 42 students per class), focus on a specialized topic and typically involve a writing component. Students may choose their electives from any area of psychology, and the courses must be taken at the University at Buffalo.

Residency Requirement
At least three upper-level classes (300- or 400-level) must be taken at the University at Buffalo.

The department has designed the Major Completion Timeline to help Psychology majors stay on track with their degree and make the most of the opportunities, experiences and resources at UB.

Student Testimonials

  • 6/18/18
    “I had a wonderful time as a Psychology major at UB! I was so well prepared for graduate school, thanks to writing research proposals for my UB psychology classes, working in research labs, and especially having taken part in the Psychology Honors Program."
  • 6/18/18
    "My advice to students considering a psychology major at UB is to realize that a major in psychology is versatile and can truly start you on any career path."
  • 6/18/18
    “The UB Psychology program is great for building your own path."
  • 6/18/18
    "As a psychology major, I was deeply involved in many on- and off-campus activities."
  • 6/18/18
    "The Department of Psychology staff and my fellow psychology majors created a learning environment that was both enriching and supportive."
  • 6/18/18
    “Not every psychology major goes on to be a psychologist or researcher—there is such a broad range of paths graduates can take.”
  • 6/18/18
    "Growing up, I didn’t really know what science was or what a scientist did—UB’s Department of Psychology and program changed that, and I haven’t looked back since."
  • 6/18/18
    "My participation in the Psychology Honors Program, my coursework, and my involvement in research labs provided a foundation for understanding—and thinking critically about—research."
  • 6/18/18
    “The best advice I can give is to get involved in the Department of Psychology as much as possible."
  • 6/18/18
    "I entered UB as a business major without any real sense of what I wanted to do with my life. After struggling for a year, I found a home in the Department of Psychology."
  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology provided me with a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the human mind and human behavior, and taught me different ways to solve problems.”
  • 6/21/18
    “Choosing to pursue my psychology degree at UB was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
  • 6/18/18
    "I especially loved the numerous research opportunities and collaborative atmosphere in the Department of Psychology."
  • 6/18/18
    "Students who are considering majoring in Psychology should know that this an extremely versatile degree that can allow you to work in many different fields."
  • 6/18/18
    “Majoring in psychology at UB opens many doors and opportunities."
  • 6/18/18
    “The UB psychology program was a perfect mix of academics and self-development."
  • 6/18/18
    "There is so much to learn inside of the classroom, but there are also ways to get involved outside of the classroom that are sure to enhance your knowledge and experience!”
  • 6/18/18
    "I would encourage anyone considering majoring in psychology to be open-minded, talk to others about their interests and career goals, and get involved in something you’re passionate about."
  • 6/18/18
    “The professors in the Department of Psychology at UB always believed in me during the time that I was an undergraduate and post college."
  • 6/18/18
    "Working as a research assistant in two different research labs allowed me to get much closer to the process of conducting psychological research and also helped me connect with great people."
  • 6/18/18
    "The huge variety of psychology classes UB offered made it easy for me to keep up with pre-med classes, while still allowing time for courses in other areas."
  • 6/18/18
    "The breadth of courses the program offers allowed me to explore—which is crucial at a time when you’re deciding on a career—and the level of enthusiasm the courses are taught with made me excited to come to lectures."
  • 6/18/18
    “Consider where you want your psychology degree to take you after graduation."
  • 6/18/18
    "Having such great mentors during undergrad not only helped me get into grad school—they guided me in choosing the best graduate program for me."
  • 6/18/18
    "I owe my mentors at UB a great deal for giving me the experience and knowledge to complete my PhD."
  • 6/18/18
    “My UB psychology degree prepared me very well to pursue advanced study in a school psychology PhD program."
  • 6/18/18
    "The research experience I obtained at UB was, without a doubt, the reason I was accepted into multiple PhD programs straight out of undergrad."
  • 6/18/18
    "Reflecting on my experience at UB makes me appreciate the amount of opportunities that were available to help me discover my passion and prepare me for post-graduation challenges."

Learn More About the BA in Psychology

Student Learning Goals

The Student Learning Goals are designed to address the standards established by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

  • Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
    Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
    The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
  • Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
    The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Goal 4: Communication
    Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Goal 5: Professional Development
    The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

Goal Development Through the Major

Goals PSY 101 PSY 207 & 350 PSY 300 Level PSY 400 Level
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology Introduce Strengthen Strengthen Strengthen
Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking Introduce Strengthen Strengthen Strengthen
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World Introduce Strengthen Strengthen Strengthen
Goal 4: Communication   Introduce Strengthen Strengthen
Goal 5: Professional Development*   Introduce Strengthen Strengthen

*This goal is also addressed through workshops, frequent emails to Psychology majors, advisement and material available on the department’s website