Minor in Psychology

Student Nicholas Nolan with Prof. Peter Pfordresher.

The Minor in Psychology is designed to give students broad exposure to the diverse field of psychology. The background in psychology that the minor provides is useful in a wide array of educational and career paths (e.g., business, computer science, engineering, exercise science, medicine, health professions and many other fields).

Degree Requirements

The Minor in Psychology* requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students must complete 6 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits. 

Prerequisite Course

Required Courses**
Students must complete five additional Psychology courses distributed as follows:

Three 300-level courses from different substantive areas (i.e., one course must be completed in at least three of the following four substantive areas listed):

  • 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

Two additional courses (select from the following):

Residency Requirement
At least three upper-level classes (300- or 400-level) must be taken at the University at Buffalo.

*Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met

**Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite or minor requirements

This flexible degree provides students with the opportunity to tailor coursework to their particular interests, which may complement a wide range of other majors. 

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