2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Psychology (PSY)

Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110
Ph: 716-645-3650
F: 716-645-3801
W: www.psychology.buffalo.edu
Peter Q. Pfordresher
Chair
Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor
Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program

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.
  • 200-level courses (200-300 students) build skills in psychology.
  • 300-level courses (100-200 students) increase knowledge in specific areas of psychology (e.g., abnormal, social, cognitive, biopsychology).
  • Smaller 400-level courses (maximum 42 students) focus on specialty topics (e.g., mood disorders, adolescent development, biological clocks) and are reserved for majors.
  • Students gain experience in writing skills through PSY 295, PSY 450, and 400-level courses.
  • One-on-one instruction is available by participating in research or independent study.
  • The Psychology Honors Program enables students to complete an independent research project, an experience that closely resembles graduate-level work in psychology.
  • Cutting-edge research talks are available through departmental colloquia and the cognitive science speaker series.

About Our Facilities

  • Fully equipped psychological research labs (most located in Park Hall and Hochstetter 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 eye-movements.
  • Research facilities downtown include the Research for Institute on Additions, 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 26 tenure-track/tenured and 4 full-time teaching faculty members, all of whom teach undergraduate psychology courses
  • Faculty specializations include the study of:
    • clinical disorders (e.g., depression, addiction)
    • developmental challenges (e.g., bullying, social withdrawal)
    • the self-concept and self-esteem
    • the formation and maintenance of close relationships
    • responses to stressful situations and resilience
    • infant language acquisition
    • auditory perception in humans and non-human animals
    • neural systems for learning and motivation
    • ingestive behaviors, taste, and feeding

  • 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.

PSY Courses


  • PSY 101LEC Introductory Psychology
    Lecture

    General survey of perception; learning and memory; cognitive, developmental, personality, abnormal, and social psychology; and behavioral neuroscience. Requires participation in research or a short paper. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PSY 121LEC Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse
    Lecture

    Substance Use and Abuse is a survey course designed to familiarize students with the terminology, concepts, and contemporary issues pertaining to drug and alcohol use from a social science perspective. In this course, you will become acquainted at the introductory level with the historical and cultural processes that define addictions today, the pharmacological aspects of drugs and their impact on humans and animals, psychological processes related to alcohol and drug use, the various treatment and recovery modalities available, and ever-evolving policies and public health debates regarding substance use. Students also will learn the methods that researchers use to study alcohol and drug use in animals and humans. This course is the same as SOC 121 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PSY 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PSY 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PSY 207LLB Psychological Statistics
    Lecture

    Graphs; permutations; combinations; probability; regression; correlation; analysis of variance; descriptive and inferential statistics; parametric and nonparametric tests appropriate to psychological research. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation weekly. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ULC 148 or MTH 115 or any General Education Mathematical Sciences course.
  • PSY 295LEC Communicating for Psychological Sciences
    Lecture

    This course is designed to introduce students to the ways that psychologists communicate in scientific contexts, including writing technical research reports (journal articles), poster presentations at conferences, and oral presentations. You will learn how to structure a research report and write using the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). The aim will be to foster confidence in a scientific style of communication one that is often quite different from that taught in the humanities. Conciseness, clarity, and exactness will be the hallmarks of successful written and oral products in the course. At the completion of Communicating in Psychological Sciences, students should have developed each of these traits in their written and oral expression.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • PSY 321LEC Psychology of Personality
    Lecture

    Theory, research, and measurement related to the description, development, and dynamics of the normal personality.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 322LEC Abnormal Psychology
    Lecture

    Theory and description of the major behavior disorders and the psychopathology of everyday life; causes and treatment of these disorders.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 323LEC Community Psychology
    Lecture

    Introduces theoretical concepts and developing practices in community psychology and community mental health. LEC

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 324LEC Clinical Psychology
    Lecture

    Introduces clinical psychology. Methods of assessing abnormal behavior, modes of intervention, theories of treatment, and ethical issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 325LEC Health Psychology
    Lecture

    Introduces the scientific study of the behavioral and social aspects of health.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 331LEC Social Psychology
    Lecture

    Behavior of individuals and their relations with others; aggression; attraction; attitude formation and change; conformity; obedience; helping; stereotypes; group processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 332LEC Social Conflict and Its Resolution
    Lecture

    Overview of social conflict theory and of conflict resolution practice. Topics include the nature and cause of conflict, strategic choice in conflict, escalation, negotiation, and third-party intervention. Emphasizes psychological approaches, but is not limited to them.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 333LEC Psychology of Work in Organizations
    Lecture

    Theory, research, and practices of organizational psychologists; behavior of individuals within organizations; principles of industrial psychology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 336LEC Developmental Psychology
    Lecture

    Major developmental changes in areas of human behavior, cognition, personality, and social life from the perspective of current theories about development across the lifespan.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 341LEC Cognitive Psychology
    Lecture

    Information-processing approach to human behavior; how people interpret and understand the environment; recognition; memory; language.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 342LEC Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind
    Lecture

    An interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of knowledge and mind, guided by principles of formal systems and computation. Concepts and approaches from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuroscience. This course is the same as LIN 342 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 343LEC Sensory Processes and Perception
    Lecture

    Surveys experimental data and theories of perception. Perceptual organization and neurophysiology of brain systems, and neural and computational representations involved in vision, hearing, and cutaneous and chemical senses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 350LEC Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
    Lecture

    The research process; observational, correlational and survey, experimental techniques; nature of theory; hypothesis testing and empirical data; scientific knowledge and its applications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 207 Or STA 119
  • PSY 351LEC Biopsychology
    Lecture

    Physiological studies, mainly on the nervous system, relevant to selected theoretical issues in perception, learning, motivation, and problem solving.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 402LEC Psychopharmacology
    Lecture

    Basic brain chemistry and its influence on behavior. Distribution and elimination of drugs, drug-receptor interactions, and the neuroanatomical distribution of specific neurotransmitter systems. Special topics in biological psychiatry.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and Psychology majors only
  • PSY 404LEC Alcohol and Health
    Lecture

    The relationship between alcohol use and psychological, social, and physical well-being. Conceptualizes problem drinking within a social psychological paradigm; implications of different conceptions for the prevention and treatment of alcohol problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 405LEC Data Analysis Techniques
    Lecture

    Instruction and hands-on experience employing SPSS statistical package on desktop computers. Includes nonparametric statistics, T-tests, ANOVA (including factorial and repeated measures designs), and introduces correlation, regression, and factor analysis. Emphasizes appropriate choice among statistical methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 407SEM Consciousness and the Self
    Seminar

    Examines how the unconscious mind works, how much of the self resides in the unconscious, and how the unconscious can and can not be accesses. Class is broken up into a number of different activities; each is designed to develop different skills while learning about consciousness and the self.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 408LEC Small-Group Processes
    Lecture

    Reviews research on small-group dynamics, with attention to applying these concepts to improve groups in organizations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 409LEC Organizational Development and Change
    Lecture

    Studies methods of working with organizations to improve their effectiveness. Involves individual, group, and organizational-level change processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 411LEC Self and Self-Esteem
    Lecture

    Social psychological theory and research on the self. How the self-concept and self-esteem develop; consequences of self-views on affect, cognition, and behavior.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 412LEC Psychology of Aggression and Violence
    Lecture

    Theory and data about the causes and control of human violence and aggression.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 413LEC Social Cognition
    Lecture

    Overview of recent theory and research in social cognition, including attribution theory, schema, social memory, stereotyping, and heuristics.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 331 and Psychology majors only
  • PSY 414LEC Assessment of Individual Differences
    Lecture

    Personality differences and intellectual functioning; IQ tests; projective tests; behavioral assessments.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 415LEC Psychology and Law
    Lecture

    Examines legal issues related to selected social problems in light of psychological theory, research, and clinical experience.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 416LEC Reasoning and Problem Solving
    Lecture

    Discusses some principles of rational thought and some of the psychological processes that lead to successful and unsuccessful resolution of problems and other conceptual tasks. Explores how age and experience affect these processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 341 or PSY 342Psychology majors only
  • PSY 417LEC Psychology of Identity
    Lecture

    Conceptions of identity or self as they appear in current psychological literature; how people develop and maintain a view of self and the self-referent nature of their world.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 419LEC Biological Bases of Memory
    Lecture

    Surveys recent research in the neurosciences concerning the processes involved in long-term registration of information in the central nervous system. These processes range from the level of single synapses to complex brain systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 420LEC Close Relationships
    Lecture

    Focuses on current research and theory concerning close relationships. Topics to be covered will include attachment, attraction, love, interdependence, communication, relationship conflict, social support, and health.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 421LEC History of Psychology
    Lecture

    Historical antecedents and the evolution of contemporary theoretical approaches and concepts of psychology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 422LEC Anxiety Disorders
    Lecture

    In-depth analysis of the symptoms, etiology, and treatment of the major anxiety disorders from the perspective of both the practicing clinician and the research scientist.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 322 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 423LEC Mood Disorders
    Lecture

    Contemporary ideas and research on mood disorders, including their classification, epidemiology, etiology, and treatment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 322 recommended; Psychology majors only
  • PSY 424LEC Abnormal Child Psychology
    Lecture

    Description, diagnosis, causes, and treatment of childhood disorders, including ADHD, aggression, depression, anxiety, autism, and others.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 322 recommended; Psychology majors only.
    Other Requisites: PSY 424
  • PSY 426LEC Experimental Models of Psychological Disorders
    Lecture

    Biological factors in mental disorders; for example, in schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 427LEC Adult Development and Aging
    Lecture

    Developmental theory, methods, and empirical evidence needed to describe and understand the psychological changes that take place in adulthood and old age.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 428LEC Language Development
    Lecture

    Starting with a consideration of the infant's basic perceptual capacities, examines the role of innate and experiential factors in developing the capacity to speak and understand language.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 341 or PSY 342 or PSY 343Psychology majors only
  • PSY 429LEC Psychophysiology
    Lecture

    Basic physiological processes; physiological aspects of behavior, emotions, and cognition; psychophysiological methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 431LEC Mind-Body Connection in a Social World
    Lecture

    The connection between mind and body from a social psychological perspective; effects on various physiological systems; using body responses to understand psychological process.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 434LEC Animal Behavior
    Lecture

    Analyses instinctive and learned behavior in characteristic animal types, correlating structure and function, fundamental principles of adaptation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 435LEC Psychology of Reproduction
    Lecture

    Research on brain and hormone involvement in the control of behaviors relevant to all phases of reproduction (parental behavior and sex); infrahuman and human systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and Psychology majors only
  • PSY 436LEC Neuropsychology
    Lecture

    Reviews and, wherever possible, synthesizes research studies carried out mainly on humans that increase our understanding of how the brain works.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 437LEC Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Lecture

    Examines the difference in concepts of the self, interpersonal processes, and group processes across cultures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 438LEC Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Lecture

    Topics include the nature of sport psychology, personality and sport, motivational orientations in sport, self-referent thought in sport and physical activity, the arousal-athletic performance relationship, gender and sport behavior, and group dynamics.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 439LEC Biopsychology of Stress
    Lecture

    Stress and the body's various reactions to it.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 440LEC Hormones and Behavior
    Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the structure, function, and principles of the endocrine/neuroendocrine system and how this system helps to initiate and regulate behavior (e.g. stress, reproduction, cyclicity in behavior, ingestion, and aggression).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 441LEC Behavioral Genetics
    Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of genetics, especially in terms of their application to the study of behavior. Using this natural-science perspective, we will examine how genetic variables influence behavior of both humans and nonhumans, and how these variables interact with environmental factors. We will discuss the basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics, how these principles are studied in the laboratory and what they mean for behavior in the real world. At all times, we will evaluate the material from a rigorous scientific perspective. This course is dual-listed with PSY 715.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 351
  • PSY 442LEC Biopsychology of Ingestive Behavior
    Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the biological basis of feeding and drinking. Covers broader concepts including homeostasis, sensory systems, structure and function of the nervous system, chemical signaling, learning and public health, all in the context of the control of feeding and drinking.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PSY 351
  • PSY 443LEC The Neurobiology of Communication in Animals
    Lecture

    Focuses on the evolution, function, design, and diversity of animal communication systems such as song and visual signaling in birds, calls and echolocation in dolphins, echolocation and olfactory signaling in bats, olfactory signaling in insects, and electrical signaling in fish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 445LEC Memory
    Lecture

    How knowledge is represented, stored, and retrieved by humans; attention; language comprehension; nature and causes of forgetting.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 341, 342, or 343 and Psychology majors only
  • PSY 446LEC Animal Cognition
    Lecture

    Focuses on animal minds, including perception, attention, representation, concept and rule learning, judgments of time and number, tool use, communication, self-awareness, and awareness of the other.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 341, 342, or 343; Psychology majors only
  • PSY 447LEC Psychology of Music
    Lecture

    How we perceive, remember, and respond to music. Representation of musical knowledge, emotional and aesthetic response to music, listening styles of novices and experts, music's role in human culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PSY 341 or 342 or 343; Psychology majors only.
  • PSY 448LEC Psycholinguistics
    Lecture

    What individuals know when they know a natural language; how that language is acquired; what the facts of language tell us of the structure of the mind.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 341, 342, or 343 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 449LEC Motivational Theory
    Lecture

    Development of ideas concerning the problem of motivation; important experiments in the development of these ideas; current theories of motivation; data relevant to an examination of these theories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 450LEC Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
    Lecture

    Development and application of skills needed to conduct and evaluate research. Strongly recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 250 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 451LEC Drug Addiction
    Lecture

    The scientific study of drug addiction, emphasizing biological and psychological theories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 and psychology majors only
  • PSY 452LEC Psychology of Prejudice
    Lecture

    Psychological aspects of historical and contemporary race and gender relations in the United States. Topics include stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and cooperation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 455SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 1
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 456SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 2
    Seminar

    PSY 455 and PSY 456 offer students the opportunity to 1) learn about current assessment and treatment methodologies for school-age children with disruptive behavior problems and 2) apply this knowledge in hands-on interactions with children within actual school settings. Topics covered include an overview of disruptive behavior disorders found in school-age children, functional behavioral assessment tools used with children, and empirically supported treatments for children with disruptive behavior problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 457LEC Cognitive Development
    Lecture

    The growth of cognitive functioning from infancy to adolescence. Considers the major theoretical approaches that are taken in studying cognitive development.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 458LEC Adolescent Development
    Lecture

    Emphasizes how growth and development during the adolescent period are influenced by contemporary culture. Three major themes of adolescent development (self, stress, and love) are examined, and the course considers various psychological, biological, and sociological theories which attempt to explain changes associated with these themes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 461SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 464SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 465SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 466SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 467SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 468SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 469SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 470SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 471SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 473SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 474SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 475SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 476LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 477LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 478LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 479LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 480LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 481LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 482LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 483LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 484LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 485LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 486LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 487LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 488LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 489LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 490LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    Tutorial

    Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) positions are available for certain psychology courses to those students who have completed the course or its equivalent with a grade of A, have achieved junior status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. Students must apply for UTA positions with the appropriate instructor. Credit does not count toward the major. Graded P/F.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 496TUT Supervised Applied Experience
    Tutorial

    A program of applied work in a community, government, or private agency or organization related to the major in psychology. Must be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department. Credit does not count toward the major. Graded P/F.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 497SEM Honors
    Seminar

    Independent research for two semesters with a faculty member. Apply in junior year.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 498TUT Undergraduate Research
    Tutorial

    A program of supervised research to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance.. Student receives a letter grade.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only
  • PSY 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    A program of scholarship to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance. Student receives a letter grade.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only

Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110
Ph: 716-645-3650
F: 716-645-3801
W: www.psychology.buffalo.edu
Peter Q. Pfordresher
Chair
Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor
Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program
Published: May 25, 2018 08:14:44 AM