The BS (Bachelor of Science) in Psychology emphasizes the scientific foundation of psychology along with a strong basic science background. The program is designed to prepare students for graduate study in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, medicine, health professions and other related disciplines, as well as a wide range of careers.
The BS in Psychology requires a total of 60 credit hours. Students must complete 17 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits.
Prior to declaring a BS in Psychology major, students must complete the following five courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:
Once admitted to the program, students must complete an additional 12 courses:
1. BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (5 credits)
2. CHE 101 & CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105 & CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications* (5 credits each)
*Students with a special interest in chemistry should select CHE 105 & 106
1. PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
2. Two 400-level classes that must come from the BS-specified list (see the Undergraduate Course Catalog)
3. Two 400-level courses from any area of psychology
**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.
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.
The Student Learning Goals are designed to address the standards established by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the Undergraduate Psychology 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|