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Psychology BS - Academic Experience

(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

Academic Opportunities

  • Undergraduates can contribute to ongoing research in psychology research labs. Current areas include:
    • Behavioral neuroscience (e.g., how biological factors control behavior)
    • Clinical psychology (e.g., how to diagnose, treat, and prevent psychological disorders)
    • Cognitive psychology (e.g., how we perceive, retain, recall, and use information)
    • Social psychology (e.g., how we navigate our interpersonal world)
  • Research facilities available to undergraduates are used to explore:
    • How the brain responds to surprising information
    • Eye movements that give clues to an individual’s interpretation of a sentence
    • Consumption of addictive substances like nicotine and alcohol
    • Muscle contractions involved in movement preparation
    • Cardiac responses during stressful situations
    • Movement of fingers while performing a melody on the piano
    • How non-human animals regulate their behavior and interact with each other
  • Students can receive course credit through PSY 498 Undergraduate Research

Experiential Learning

Undergraduates extend learning beyond the classroom via:

  • PSY 498 Undergraduate Research
    • Students serve as research assistants in one of the department’s labs
    • Participation usually lasts more than one semester
    • Interested students should review faculty research interests and contact relevant faculty
    • Permission of a faculty sponsor is required
  • PSY 499 Independent Study
    • Students pursue a program of specialized study that would not be available through
      regular courses
    • Permission of a faculty sponsor is required
  • PSY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    • Students serve as teaching assistants for one of the department’s undergraduate courses
    • Open to students who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.000, grade of A- or better in the
      relevant course, and junior standing or higher
    • Permission of a faculty sponsor is required
  • PSY 496 Supervised Applied Experience
    • Students do in applied work in a community, government, or private agency, or related organization
    • Permission of the department and sponsoring agency is required

Study Abroad

Students are provided with opportunities to use Study Abroad coursework in psychology to satisfy major requirements, pending approval of the department. Interested students should contact the Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology.

Extracurricular Activities

  • The Undergraduate Psychology Association (UPA) is led by student officers and open to all students.
    • UPA sponsors guest speakers on psychology topics, volunteering, social activities for students and faculty, and a yearly awards and recognition ceremony.
  • Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology:
    • Psi Chi, the world’s honor society in psychology.
    • Membership is an earned lifetime honor. It is open to psychology majors and minors with a minimum GPA of 3.100 overall and 3.400 in psychology courses.
    • UB’s student-run Psi Chi chapter inducts new members twice yearly, sponsors workshops on careers in psychology and applying to graduate school, and promotes travel to regional and national psychology conferences.
  • Women in Science and Engineering
    • The goal of WiSE is to increase the recruitment, retention and success of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Association of Pre-Medical Students
  • National Pre-Health Honor Society

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Departmental Award for Outstanding Senior: The Dean of UB’s College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the undergraduate who has best demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement and involvement in the Department of Psychology and the field of psychological science.
  • The Marvin Feldman and Walter Cohen Award: The Department of Psychology recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate Honors Thesis with the Marvin Feldman and Walter Cohen Award. Named in honor of two of the department’s most distinguished former faculty, this monetary award is bestowed on the undergraduate whose Honors Thesis receives the highest ranking by the student’s examination committee, faculty advisor, and the Director of the Honors Program.

Departmental Honors

  • The Psychology Honors Program is a year-long program designed to enable students to complete an individual research project (i.e., Honors Thesis) under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
  • Seniors with a GPA of at least 3.000 overall and in psychology courses who have secured a faculty advisor to supervise their work are eligible.
  • Prior or concurrent completion of PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods is required. PSY 295 and PSY 498 are strongly recommended.
  • The Psychology Honors Program consists of two parts:
    • Fall semester: PSY 497 Honors
    • Spring semester: Completion of the Honors Thesis, which students work on throughout the fall and spring semesters, and defend in an oral examination at the end of the Spring semester
  • Students who successfully complete the program graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in psychology.
  • The Psychology Honors Program is particularly beneficial for students who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology or related disciplines.
Published: Nov 02, 2020 09:19:59