Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Psychology (B.S.)


Psychology Department

Bachelor of Science (HEGIS 2001)

Classroom Building C312 (716) 878-6215

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.

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.

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




PSY 495




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 cr).

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 cr).

Environmental Psychology Concentration (24 cr)

PSY 370

Environmental Psychology I

PSY 470

Environmental Psychology II

Elective courses selected by advisement (18 cr).

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 cr).

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 cr).

Psychology of Infancy Concentration (21 cr)

PSY 355 OR PSY 356

Lifespan Developmental Psychology OR Child Development

PSY 415

The Competent Infant

PSY 417

The Atypical Infant

Elective courses selected by advisement (12 cr).

All College Electives

39-48 cr

Biological Psychology (18–36 cr)

Clinical Psychology (18–36 cr)

Environmental Psychology (24–36 cr)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (18–36 cr)

Psychology of Aging (21–39 cr)

Psychology of Infancy (21–39 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

Student Learning Outcomes for Psychology, B.S.

Up one level

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Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies