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Psychology BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 20.01 PSYCHOLOGY- GENERAL, CIP: 42.0101 Psychology, General)

Department of Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110

Jennifer P. Read

Alexis Thompson
Director, Addiction Studies Minor

Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor

Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Psychology BS Program

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.000 in psychology courses is required for good standing in the major and for graduation
  • Majors whose GPA in psychology courses falls below 2.000 during any semester are automatically placed on probation
  • Majors whose GPA remains below 2.000 in consecutive semesters are dismissed from the major

Academic Advice

  • 400-level courses are open only to psychology majors. Students are advised to apply early for the major, preferably while enrolled in PSY 350. Acceptance decisions can then be made contingent upon completion of PSY 350, and registration in upper-level courses is facilitated
  • PSY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching and PSY 496 Supervised Applied Experience augment the undergraduate experience but do not count toward the course requirements for majors
  • PSY 497 Honors, PSY 498 Undergraduate Research, and PSY 499 Independent Study may be taken for degree credit, but only 3 credit hours from this group may count toward major requirements

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Transfer students who bring psychology coursework to UB must meet the same acceptance criteria as students who start at UB
  • Students may transfer coursework required for admission into the major, as well as additional psychology coursework. However, courses taken in statistics and research methods, as well as upper-level psychology courses, must be evaluated and approved by the department
  • Access previous articulated coursework from many schools at UB Taurus
  • SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.¬†Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website
  • Students should contact their academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements

Residency Requirement

  • A minimum of 3 upper-level (300- or 400-level) psychology courses must be taken at UB

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
MTH 121-MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I-II or MTH 141-MTH 142 College Calculus I-II

Required Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
CHE 101/CHE 113 & CHE 102/CHE 114 General Chemistry or CHE 105 & CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
Nine additional PSY courses, distributed as follows:
Four 300-level courses, one from each of the four substantive areas listed below:



  • PSY 331 Social Psychology
  • PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution
  • PSY 333 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 336 Developmental Psychology


  • 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


A minimum of 5 courses* at the 400 or graduate level, including PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

*Two of the five 400-level courses must be from the following list:

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Departmental Distinction

Students must earn the following GPA in all psychology courses in order to graduate with distinction in the psychology major*:

  • 3.200 with distinction
  • 3.500 with high distinction
  • 3.750 with highest distinction

*At least 50% of major coursework must be completed at UB.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Psychology BS degree
Credits Required for Major60
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 28
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

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

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Aug 10, 2022 11:43:19