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Psychology BS - Applying to the Program

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

Department of Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110

Peter Q. Pfordresher

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

Becoming a Psychology BS Student

All Students Admitted to the Major:

  • Must achieve a minimum combined GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisites.
  • Students who do not have a minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisites must repeat appropriate prerequisite coursework. The second grade in the repeated course is honored by the department for the purpose of admission to the psychology major.
  • To apply to the major contact the Senior Academic Advisor for psychology.

Advising provided by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advising Services and the Department of Psychology.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Freshmen who have identified psychology as their area of study will be listed as psychology majors at the time of acceptance to UB.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students who have identified psychology as their area of study will be listed as psychology majors at the time of acceptance to UB.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Continuing students seeking admission to the Psychology BS will also be added to the major.

Suggested Introductory Courses

ULC 148 Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 295 Communicating for Psychological Sciences
PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
PSY 322 Abnormal Personality
PSY 331 Social Psychology
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
PSY 347 Psychology of Learning
PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology

Published: Nov 02, 2020 09:19:59