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. 

Prior to declaring a BS in Psychology major, students must complete the following five courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA:

  • MTH 121 & MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I-II or MTH 141 & MTH 142 College Calculus I-II (4 credits each)
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics (4 credits)
  • PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology

After Admission
Once admitted to the program, students must complete an additional 12 courses:

  • Three required courses in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, designed to furnish a background in the sciences:

            1. BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (5 credits)
            2. CHE 101 & CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105 & CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications* (5 credits each)

*Students with a special interest in chemistry should select CHE 105 & 106

  • Four 300-level courses, one from each substantive area of psychology
  • Five specialized 400-level electives, including:**

            1. PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
            2. Two 400-level classes that must come from the BS-specified list (see the Undergraduate Course Catalog
            3. Two 400-level courses from any area of psychology

**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

  • 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
    "I owe my mentors at UB a great deal for giving me the experience and knowledge to complete my PhD."
  • 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
    "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."
  • 2/22/19
    "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
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 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
    "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."
  • 2/22/19
    "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
    "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
    "I especially loved the numerous research opportunities and collaborative atmosphere in the Department of Psychology."
  • 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."
  • 2/22/19
    "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
    “Consider where you want your psychology degree to take you after graduation."
  • 6/18/18
    “My UB psychology degree prepared me very well to pursue advanced study in a school psychology PhD program."
  • 2/22/19
    "The Department of Psychology staff and my fellow psychology majors created a learning environment that was both enriching and supportive."
  • 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
    “Majoring in psychology at UB opens many doors and opportunities."
  • 6/18/18
    “The UB Psychology program is great for building your own path."
  • 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."
  • 6/21/18
    “Choosing to pursue my psychology degree at UB was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
  • 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
    “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
    “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
    “The UB psychology program was a perfect mix of academics and self-development."
  • 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
    "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
    “The best advice I can give is to get involved in the Department of Psychology as much as possible."

Learn More About the BS in Psychology

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