Undergraduate Psychology Major Requirements


Declaration of the major in psychology must be made by application to the Department. Application forms can be obtained from the Psychology Advisement Office (SS399B). Application to the major must be made before the student has accumulated 60 credits at the University at Albany. Following the link to Advisement Forms for additional information, forms, and handouts that you will find helpful too.

To be admitted to the major in psychology, students must meet the following criteria:

C- or better in APSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology), APSY 210 (Statistical Methods in Psychology), and APSY 211 (Experimental Psychology)
2.50 GPA in psychology courses taken at the University at Albany
2.00 overall GPA at the University at Albany

Graduation Requirements for Psychology Majors

I. Graduation Requirements for the Major in Psychology for students who matriculated (entered the university) prior to Fall 2008
General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits in psychology: including

APSY 101 or 102,
APSY 210, and APSY 211;
15 credits in psychology from the following list: APSY 203, 214, 270, 314, 327, 338, 380, 381, 382, 384, 385, 387;

12 credits of electives with an APSY prefix. (ECPY and EPSY courses do not count toward the major) Courses not taken from the previous list may be used as electives.

NOTE: within 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.

II. Graduation Requirements for the Major in Psychology for students who matriculated (entered the university) in Fall 2008 and thereafter
General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits in psychology: including APSY 101 or 102, APSY 210, and APSY 211;

3 credits in each of the following four categories:
  • Category 1
    Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: at least 3 credits from APSY 380 or 381
  • Category 2
    Clinical Developmental Approaches: at least 3 credits from APSY 203 or 338
  • Category 3
    Social Basis: at least 3 credits from APSY 270 or 327
  • Category 4
    Biological Basis: at least 3 credits from APSY 214 or 382 or 387

15 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.

NOTE: 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 are NOT offered every semester. Please see the Schedule of Courses for current courses offered in psychology. For additional information on the psychology major and the department please click here.