Undergraduate Psychology Major Requirements


The Psychology Major is a restricted major - this means that in order to be admitted to the major in psychology, students must meet the following criteria:

1.) Grades of C- or better in:

  • APSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • APSY 210 (Statistical Methods in Psychology)
  • APSY 211 (Experimental Psychology)

2.) 2.50 GPA in psychology courses taken at the University at Albany

3.) 2.00 overall GPA at the University at Albany

Once a student has met the above criteria and has been officially declared into the Psychology major, then they will report to The Psychology Undergraduate Advisement Office in Social Science 399B for all future academic advising.

Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology

3 Core Courses (12 credits - all three required with above admission criteria)

  • APSY101: Introduction to Psychology
  • APSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • APSY 211: Experimental Psychology

3 credits in each of the following four categories:

Category A Cognitive Behavioral Approaches (3 credits from this list):

  • APSY 380: Learning
  • APSY 381 Memory and Cognition

Category B Clinical/Developmental Approaches (3 credit from this list):

  • APSY 203: Psychology of Child Development
  • APSY 338: Abnormal Psychology

Category C Social Basis of Behavior (3 credits from this list):

  • APSY 270: Social Psychology
  • APSY 327: Personality

Category D Biological Basis of Behavior (3 credits from this list):

  • APSY 214: Introduction to Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • APSY 382: Sensation & Perception
  • APSY 387: Behavior Genetics

12-13 credits of electives:

Any courses offered with an APSY prefix (ECPY and EPSY courses do not count toward the major). Any courses not used to complete the previous categories may be used as electives.

2-3 credits of Psychology coursework satisfying the Competencies in the Major requirement:

Any psychology course with a "T" suffix (e.g.: APSY450T. APSY395T). The T-course satisfies the University-mandated Competencies in the Major component of the General Education requirement. While the subject content is psychology-oriented, these courses are designed to include the following components of the General Education program: Information Literacy, Oral Discourse, and Advanced Writing.

*Any courses offered with an APSY prefix (ECPY and EPSY courses do not count toward the major). Any courses not used to complete the previous categories may be used as electives.

*Major Residency requirement: Of the 36 credits required for the major, a student must complete at least 12 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

*For psychology majors who satisfy the major requirements as outlined in this bulletin, APSY 210 and 211 are restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.

*A maximum of 3 credits in independent study courses (APSY 297, 297Z, 397, 397Z, and 497Z) may be applied to major credit, but may not be used to satisfy the 300 or above requirement. The courses may be repeated for university credit.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions that undergraduates have about admission to the major, course substitutions, graduation requirements, registration procedures, etc.  To find out answers to common questions, click here.


Course Descriptions
The Undergraduate Bulletin includes full descriptions for all courses as the University at Albany, and all APSY undergraduate courses in psychology
Please note that all courses listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin may not be offered every semester. You can search for psychology classes offered this semester by clicking here and then selecting schedule of classes