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Psychology, B.S.

About the Program

A specialized B.S. degree in psychology is offered in the following concentrations: biological psychology, clinical psychology, environmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology of aging, and psychology of infancy. The B.S. program is designed for a very limited number of students who seek an intensive preparation in one of the above areas. Emphasis is placed upon intensive practicum work and independent study. Students have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor.

About the Psychology Department

C312 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6215
Fax: (716) 878-6228

Admission Requirements

1. The student must be enrolled in the B.A. program and be in good academic standing at the college before he or she can apply to the B.S. program.

2. The student applying for the B.S. program must have received a minimum grade of B in the first course of the required sequence of B.S. courses for that concentration.

3. For guidance in the application process, the potential B.S. applicant must meet with the faculty coordinator for the specialized B.S. concentration in which the student is interested.

4. A psychology department faculty member must formally sponsor the student.

5. The student must be able to complete a minimum of one academic year of supervised work with his or her sponsor in the B.S. program prior to graduation.

6. Final acceptance into the B.S. program requires approval of the candidate by the psychology department.

B.S. Honors in Psychology: Departmental honors are for students who are performing exceptionally well in their courses. The honors designation is an adjunct to the B.S. degree with an added emphasis on independent work, and requires that students conduct a comprehensive original research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. To be considered, students must have at least 24 credit hours in psychology from Buffalo State with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all courses taken at Buffalo State. In addition to the required courses in the B.S. degree program, honors students must take PSY 496 and PSY 498. A 42-credit-hour sequence of psychology courses is required for a B.S. honors degree. PSY 496 and PSY 498 may be used, where applicable, as elective courses in these programs. Students should see their adviser no later than the junior year for more information about the honors option.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Psychology 39–42 cr

A. Required Courses (18 cr)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 306 Statistics in Psychological Research
PSY 450 Research Methods in Psychology I: Introduction to Research Methods
PSY 471 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 472 Seminar on Psychology
PSY 488 Internship
PSY 495 Project
PSY 499 Independent Study

B. Concentration Courses (21–24 cr)
Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations. At least two courses for each concentration must be at the 400 level (excluding the courses listed in group A).

Biological Psychology Concentration (24 cr)
(Take 5 of the following courses by advisement)
PSY 304 Learning: Theory and Research
PSY 308 Sensation and Perception
PSY 321 Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 376 Health Psychology
PSY 421 Physiological Psychology
PSY 441 Introduction to Neuropsychology

Elective courses selected by advisement (9).

Clinical Psychology Concentration (24 cr)
PSY 311 Personality: Theory and Research
PSY 411 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 480 Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Procedures
PSY 481 Psychological Tests and Measurements

Elective courses selected by advisement (12).

Environmental Psychology Concentration (24 cr)
PSY 370 Environmental Psychology I
PSY 470 Environmental Psychology II
Elective courses selected by advisement (18).

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration (24 cr)
PSY 365 Psychology in the Workplace
PSY 367 Organizational Behavior
PSY 466 Personnel Psychology

Elective courses selected by advisement (15).

Psychology of Aging Concentration (21 cr)
PSY 327 Adult Development and Aging I
PSY 355 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY 427 Adult Development and Aging II

Elective courses selected by advisement (12).

Psychology of Infancy Concentration (21 cr)
PSY 355 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY 356 Child Development
PSY 415 The Competent Infant
PSY 417 The Atypical Infant

Elective courses selected by advisement (12).

All College Electives 39-48 cr
Biological Psychology (18–36)
Clinical Psychology (18–36)
Environmental Psychology (24–36)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (18–36)
Psychology of Aging (21–39)
Psychology of Infancy (21–39)

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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