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. 

Psychology BA Core
Students must complete the following four courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:

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

Substantive Area Courses
Students must complete four 300-level courses, one from each substantive area of Psychology:

  • Substantive Area 1: Clinical
  • Substantive Area 2: Social
    • PSY 331 Social Psychology
    • PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution
    • PSY 333 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • 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
    • PSY 347 Psychology of Learning
  • Substantive Area 4: Behavioral Neuroscience

Three PSY 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. 

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.

Which Psychology Degree Is for Me?

Our BA is the more versatile degree, allowing for customization based on student interests. Most Psychology Majors choose the BA. Our BS is specifically designed for students who seek a more extensive scientific background

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