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The Psychology Major


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Psychology is the science of the mind and behavior. The psychology major at the University at Buffalo, SUNY 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. Psychology majors graduate with knowledge of psychological principles as well as a solid grounding in scientific methods for evaluating theories and research in the social and behavioral sciences. The skill set that psychology majors develop is essential and in demand in our rapidly changing society.

The requirements for the psychology major are designed to provide students with a basic overview of the field (PSY 101) and foundational skills in statistics (PSY 207) and scientific methods (PSY 250) that are necessary for subsequent coursework in psychology. The additional requirements for the psychology major are intended to introduce students to the great breadth and depth of psychology as a scientific discipline; therefore, students are required to complete courses in four complementary areas of psychology (behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, and social) as well as upper-level special topics courses. For students who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology, a second course in research methods (PSY 450), experience in psychological research (PSY 498), and participating in the Psychology Honors Program (PSY 497) are recommended. Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts (35 credits) or Bachelor of Science (60 credits) degree in psychology.

For detailed information about the psychology major, see UB Undergraduate Catalog: Psychology.