Psychology : Overview

Department of Psychology

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110

Phone: 716.645.3650
Fax: 716.645.3801
Web Address:
Stephen Tiffany
James R. Sawusch
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies


Psychology is the science of behavior and the mind. The study of psychology provides an understanding of basic processes of sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development, and personality along with principles of social psychology, clinical psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Knowledge of psychological principles and of scientific methods for evaluating theories and research in the social and behavioral sciences is essential in our rapidly changing society.

The requirements for the psychology major are designed to provide students with foundational skills in statistics (PSY 207) and scientific methods (PSY 250) that are essential for subsequent coursework in psychology. The additional requirements for the psychology major are intended to introduce students to the great breadth of psychology as a scientific discipline; therefore, students are required to complete courses in four complementary areas of psychology. A second course in research methods (PSY 450) and experience in psychological research (PSY 498) are recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:06 EST