Undergraduate Honors Program in Psychology

Honors Program Requirements

The Psychology Department offers a structured, research-based honors program for advanced students. The program is research intensive sequence of courses culminating in a empirically-based senior thesis project that is conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty member. The minimum requirements for admission include completion of APSY 101M, APSY 210, and APSY 211. If the student has not been able to complete APSY 211 by the first semester of the junior year, permission to take it concurrently with the Honors Seminar may be given.

Follow the link to Advisement Forms for additional information, forms, and handouts that you will find helpful too. Included there and below is a link to the application for the honors program.

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. No more than 6 additional credits in these independent study courses may be used for graduation 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. No more than 6 additional credits in independent study courses may be used for graduation credit.

Course Descriptions
The general undergraduate bulletin includes full descriptions for all courses as the University at Albany, and all APSY undergraduate courses in psychology.

Psi Chi's Guide to the Psychology Major
A great resource for the undergraduate major in psychology, prepared by our local Albany Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. This guide includes information on choosing courses, research opportunities, faculty research interests, and careers in psychology. A related guide for psychology majors is also available here.