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Psychology Minor

(HEGIS: , 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

Why study Psychology Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

  • UB’s modern, vibrant Department of Psychology has cutting-edge research facilities, highly productive faculty, and effective undergraduate classroom and laboratory education that reflect the latest in psychological science.
  • The Psychology Minor is designed to give students broad exposure to the diverse field of psychology.
  • The Psychology Minor is flexible, providing students with the opportunity to tailor coursework to their particular interests, which may complement a wide range of other majors.

Learning Outcomes

The Psychology Minor is designed to address the following standards established by the American Psychological Association for an undergraduate education in psychology:

  • 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.
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
  • 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.

The Learning Environment

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) showcases the diversity of the science of psychology in a large lecture format (~400 students) and incorporates experience with research.
  • PSY 207 and PSY 350 (200-300 students) build foundational skills. 
  • 300-level content courses (100-300 students) increase knowledge in specific areas of psychology (e.g., abnormal, social, cognitive, biopsychology).

About Our Facilities

  • Fully equipped psychological research labs (most located in Park Hall, Hochstetter Hall, and Diefendorf Hall) allow faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of experiments utilizing cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological and psychophysiological measurements.
  • Shared research space is available for research using specialized measures such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIR). 
  • Research facilities downtown include the Clinical and Research for Institute on Addictions, the Jacobs School of Medicine, and the Center for Translational Research, which has facilities for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
  • Conference rooms in Park Hall are used for small group meetings and seminars.
  • A computer lab on the 4th floor of Park Hall offers specialized statistical software.
  • The James R. Sawusch PhD Psychology Undergraduate Resource Center, in Park Hall 282, is a meeting place and general study area for all students in psychology.

About Our Faculty

  • The department has 25 tenure-track/tenured and 5 full-time teaching faculty members, all of whom teach undergraduate psychology courses
  • Faculty specializations include the study of:
    • clinical disorders (e.g., depression, addiction, ADHD)
    • developmental challenges (e.g., social behavior, bullying, social withdrawal)
    • the self-concept and self-esteem
    • the formation and maintenance of close relationships
    • responses to stressful situations and resilience
    • memory
    • language acquisition, comprehension, and production
    • auditory perception in humans and non-human animals
    • neural systems for learning and motivation
    • taste and feeding
    • neurophysiological mechanisms underlying drug use and abuse
  • Faculty conduct research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Faculty members serve as editors for leading journals and as officers in professional organizations
  • Core faculty teach the majority of undergraduate courses. Approximately one-third of undergraduate courses are taught by highly qualified adjunct faculty or graduate instructors

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Psychology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A Psychology Minor enhances career choices in many other fields (e.g., biological sciences, biomedical sciences, business administration, computer science, engineering, exercise science, nursing), but is not the best track to a career in the psychological sciences or graduate studies in psychology. Students who wish to pursue those options should consider the Psychology BA or Psychology BS degree.

Academic Advising

Students’ connection to advisors is a top priority

  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Advisement and Services provides educational planning and advisement on the adjustment to university life.
  • The Department of Psychology provides individual consultations, faculty-led presentations, and student workshops on educational opportunities, career planning, applying to graduate school, professional programs and resources for psychology majors and minors.
  • Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology available in person Monday through Friday (no appointment needed) and by email.
  • Meeting with an academic advisor at least once per semester is recommended.

Academic Advising Contact Information

CAS Student Advisement and Services
275 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-6883
CASSAS Website

Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology/Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
283 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-0205
Email: Christa Greenberg
Department of Psychology Website

Scholarships and Financial Support

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:56:31