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. 

Prerequisite Courses
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

Required Courses
Students must complete an additional seven courses:

  • 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
    • Substantive Area 4: Behavioral Neuroscience

*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

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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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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