BS in Psychology

Brad Castiglia, Emily Sutton, and Taylor Lee.

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. 

Degree Requirements

The BS in Psychology requires a total of 60 credit hours. Students must complete 17 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits. 

Psychology BS Core
Students must complete the following five courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:

Additional Science Requirements
Students must complete:

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

One Advanced Course in Research Methods

  • PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

Four 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. 

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

Learn More About the BS in Psychology