BS in Psychology

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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. 

Prerequisite Courses
Students must complete the following five courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:

Required Courses
Students must complete an additional 12 courses:

  • Three required courses in Biological Sciences and Chemistry:
  • 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. These 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.

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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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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