Minor in Psychology

Student Nicholas Nolan with Prof. Peter Pfordresher

The Minor in Psychology is designed to give students broad exposure to the diverse field of psychology. The background in psychology that the minor provides is useful in a wide array of educational and career paths (e.g., business, computer science, engineering, exercise science, medicine, health professions and many other fields).

Degree Requirements

The Minor in Psychology* requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students must complete 6 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits. 

Prerequisites

Required Courses**
Once admitted to the program, students must complete five additional PSY courses distributed as follows:

Three 300-level courses from different substantive areas (i.e., one course must be completed in at least three of the following four substantive areas listed):

  • Substantive Area 1: Clinical
  • Substantive Area 2: Social
    • PSY 331 Social Psychology
    • PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution
    • PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations
    • PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
  • Substantive Area 3: Cognitive
    • PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind
    • PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
  • Substantive Area 4: Behavioral Science

Two additional courses (select from the following):

  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or any other 300-level classes

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

*Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met

**Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite or minor requirements

This flexible degree provides students with the opportunity to tailor coursework to their particular interests, which may complement a wide range of other majors. 

Student Testimonials

  • 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
    "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 especially loved the numerous research opportunities and collaborative atmosphere in the Department of Psychology."
  • 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
    "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.”
  • 6/18/18
    "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
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 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
    "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
    “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
    “Consider where you want your psychology degree to take you after graduation."
  • 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."
  • 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
    "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
    “The best advice I can give is to get involved in the Department of Psychology as much as possible."
  • 6/18/18
    “Majoring in psychology at UB opens many doors and opportunities."
  • 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
    "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
    "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
    "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
    “My UB psychology degree prepared me very well to pursue advanced study in a school psychology PhD program."
  • 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
    "I owe my mentors at UB a great deal for giving me the experience and knowledge to complete my PhD."
  • 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
    “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
    "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
    “The UB psychology program was a perfect mix of academics and self-development."
  • 6/21/18
    “Choosing to pursue my psychology degree at UB was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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