Psychology : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BS
Graduate: MA, PhD

Transfer Policy

Transfer students who bring psychology coursework to UB must meet the same criteria for acceptance into the department as students who start at this university. Students may transfer coursework required for admission into the department, as well as additional psychology coursework. However, courses taken in statistics and research methods, as well as upper-level psychology courses, must be evaluated and approved by the department. A minimum of three upper-level psychology courses must be taken at UB.

Psychology - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses before full acceptance.

Advising Notes

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in psychology courses is required for graduation. Majors whose GPAs in psychology courses fall below 2.0 during any semester are automatically placed on probation. Majors whose GPAs remain below 2.0 in consecutive semesters are dismissed from the department.
PSY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching and PSY 496 Supervised Applied Experience do not count toward the course requirements for majors.
PSY 497 Honors, PSY 498 Undergraduate Research, and PSY 499 Independent Study may be taken for degree credit, but only 3 credit hours from this group count toward major requirements.
400-level courses are open only to psychology majors. Students are advised to go to 283 Park Hall and to apply early for the major, preferably while enrolled in PSY 250. Acceptance decisions can then be made contingent upon completion of PSY 250, and registration in upper-level courses is facilitated.
Students who have completed 60 credit hours but have not completed the prerequisite courses or achieved the minimum GPA of 2.5 may be provisionally accepted by the department (283 Park Hall). Students who are accepted provisionally must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisites to be fully accepted into the department. Students who do not have a minimum GPA of 2.5 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.

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
ULC 148 Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent* or higher
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology

Required Courses

Seven additional PSY courses distributed as follows:
Four 300-level courses, one from each of the four substantive areas listed after the B.S. chart
Minimum of three courses at the 400 level

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 35

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSY 101, ULC 148* or higher
Spring PSY 207, one 300-level PSY course

SECOND YEAR
Fall PSY 250, one 300-level PSY course
Spring One 300-level PSY course

THIRD YEAR
Fall One 300-level PSY course
Spring One 400-level PSY course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 400-level PSY course
Spring One 400-level PSY course

*Unless exempted by SAT score, Advanced Placement credits, or transfer credits

Psychology - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses before full acceptance.

Advising Notes

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in psychology courses is required for graduation. Majors whose GPAs in psychology courses fall below 2.0 during any semester are automatically placed on probation. Majors whose GPAs remain below 2.0 in consecutive semesters are dismissed from the department.
PSY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching and PSY 496 Supervised Applied Experience do not count toward the course requirements for majors.
PSY 497 Honors, PSY 498 Undergraduate Research, and PSY 499 Independent Study may be taken for degree credit, but only 3 credit hours from this group count toward major requirements.
400-level courses are open only to psychology majors. Students are advised to go to 283 Park Hall and to apply early for the major, preferably while enrolled in PSY 250. Acceptance decisions can then be made contingent upon completion of PSY 250, and registration in upper-level courses is facilitated.

Prerequisite Courses

10 credit hours in psychology and 8 credit hours in mathematics:
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
One two-course mathematics sequence (MTH 121-MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I-II or MTH 141-MTH 142 College Calculus I-II)

Required Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
Nine additional PSY courses, distributed as follows:
Four 300-level courses, one from each of the four substantive areas listed below
A minimum of five courses at the 400 or graduate level (500 level and above, taken with special permission as part of the undergraduate program), including PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology or another laboratory-based upper-level PSY course (from a department-approved list)
Two of the five 400 level courses must be from the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Courses, listed below

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 60

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101 or CHE 105; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring CHE 102 or CHE 106; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 200, PSY 101
Spring PSY 207, one 300 level PSY course

THIRD YEAR
Fall PSY 250, two 300 level PSY courses
Spring PSY 450, one 300 level PSY course, one 400 level PSY course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two 400 level PSY courses
Spring One 400 level PSY course

Electives and Course Groupings

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY 402 Psychopharmacology
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 419 Biological Bases of Memory
PSY 421 Systems and Theories of Psychology
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders
PSY 428 Language Development
PSY 429 Psychophysiology
PSY 431 Mind-Body Connection in a Social World
PSY 434 Animal Behavior
PSY 435 Psychology of Reproduction
PSY 436 Neuropsychology
PSY 439 Biopsychology of Stress
PSY 440 Hormones and Behavior
PSY 443 Neurobiology of Communication in Animals
PSY 445 Memory
PSY 446 Animal Cognition
PSY 447 Psychology of Music
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics
PSY 451 Drug Addiction
PSY 457 Cognitive Development
PSY 470-PSY 475 Senior Seminars (in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience areas)
PSY 485-PSY 490 Special Topics (in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience areas)

SUBSTANTIVE AREA 1: CLINICAL
PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 323 Community Psychology
PSY 324 Clinical Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology

SUBSTANTIVE AREA 2: SOCIAL
PSY 331 Social Psychology
PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution
PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology

SUBSTANTIVE AREA 3: COGNITIVE
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception

SUBSTANTIVE AREA 4: BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
PSY 351 Biopsychology

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:07 EST