Criteria for Transfer Students Admitted to Albany as of Fall 1992 and thereafter:
For purposes of declaration of the major, the department recognizes three categories of transfer students. The criteria for admission to the major are different for these three categories. Transfer students may not apply transfer credit for A Psy 101M, A Psy 210 and A Psy 211 with grades of D toward the major.
- Transfer students who enter the University with less than 42 transfer credits or without credit for A Psy 101M must fulfill the criteria specified in section I. above.
- Transfer students who enter the University with 42 or more transfer credits, have transfer credit for A Psy 101M and 210 with a grade of C- or higher in each, and have a 2.5 average for all psychology courses will be conditionally admitted to psychology as a major and receive advisement in the psychology department. Such students must complete A Psy 211 in their first semester here with a grade of C- or higher or their admission to the major will be withdrawn.
- Transfer students who enter the University with 42 or more transfer credits, have transfer credit for A Psy 101M, A Psy 210 and A Psy 211 with a grade of C- or higher in each, and have a 2.50 average in all psychology courses taken may immediately declare psychology as a major.
Students who do not meet the above criteria may retake courses in the A Psy 101M, A Psy 210 and A Psy 211 sequence in order to achieve the minimum grade of C-. The criterion of a 2.50 average in psychology courses at the time of application to the major will be affected by duplicated enrollment in the following way: if courses are retaken, calculation of the average in psychology will use both grades.
Students who are denied admission to the major may appeal the decision by petitioning the department chair. Such appeals will be evaluated at the beginning of each semester, prior to the final date for adding courses. The decision on the appeal will be made by the department chair and the director of the advisement center.
Degree Requirements for the Major in Psychology
General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits in psychology: including A Psy 101M or 102M, A Psy 210, and A Psy 211; 15 credits in psychology from the following list: A Psy 203, 214, 270, 314, 327, 338, 380, 381, 382, 384, 385, 387; 12 credits of electives with an A Psy prefix. 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, A Psy 210 and 211 are restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.
A maximum of 3 credits in independent study courses (A Psy 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.
A psychology major, or double major with psychology listed first, may file an application for admission with the Honors Committee as early as the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as the minimum requirements for admission to the program have been satisfied. The duration of the program is three semesters and commences only in the fall semester.
The minimum requirements for admission include completion of A Psy 101M or 102M, 210 and 211. If the student has not been able to complete A Psy 211 by the first semester of the junior year, it is possible to obtain permission to take A Psy 211 concurrently with the Honors Seminar. A grade point average of 3.30 or higher overall for all course work taken for graduation credit at the University is required, as is a 3.50 grade point average or higher for psychology courses applicable toward the major.
Honors students must complete 48 hours in psychology including A Psy 101M or 102M, 210, 211, 310, 399, and 499 (6 credits). In addition, students must submit a senior honors thesis acceptable to the research sponsor and the Honors Committee.
The program commences with the Honors Seminar (A Psy 399) in the fall semester of the junior year. A Psy 211 must be taken at this time if it has not already been completed.
The seminar introduces that student to (advanced) issues of scientific method and experimental design. As soon as the student has a general idea for the research project, he or she is encouraged to discuss the project with a potential research sponsor, especially as regards feasibility. By the end of the seminar course, the student should be conversant with a problem area, have arranged a research sponsor and be ready to submit a research proposal. The Honors student will conduct the research in two project courses (A Psy 499) during the second semester of the junior and the first semester of the senior year.
The Honors Thesis written by the end of the second project course will consist of a review of the literature, the hypothesis to be tested, an experimental design (from the research proposal), data collected, any statistical analysis, and a discussion.
Students in the honors program are required to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.30 or higher during the junior and senior years and an overall grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all psychology courses applicable toward the major. The work of each candidate in the honors program will be reviewed at the completion of the junior year by the Departmental Honors Committee.
Students not meeting the above-stated standards at that time may be precluded from continuing in the program for the senior year. Students who remain below the stated standards throughout their senior year will not be eligible for a degree with Honors.
After completion of the above requirements, the records of the candidate will be reviewed by the Departmental Honors Committee who shall recommend, to the department, candidates for the degree with honors in psychology.
Combined B.A./M.S. Programs
The combined B.A./M.S. programs in psychology/counseling, psychology/ rehabilitation counseling, and health policy/psychology provide an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and masterís degree programs from the beginning of their junior year. Carefully designed programs can permit students to earn the B.A. and M.S. degrees within nine semesters and a summer session.
The combined programs require a minimum of 162 credits, of which at least 54 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the University minor requirement, the minimum 90-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, the general education requirements, and residency requirements. In qualifying for the M.S., students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 54 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.A. and M.S. programs.
Students are considered as undergraduates until completion of 120 graduation credits and satisfactory completion of all B.A. requirements. Upon meeting B.A. requirements, students are automatically considered as graduate students.
Students may be admitted to the combined degree programs at the beginning of their junior year, or after the successful completion of 56 credits, but no later than the accumulation of 100 credits. A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration.
The combined bachelorís/masterís degree program in Psychology/Health Policy, Management and Behavior requires a minimum of 156 credits, with at least 48 of which must be graduate credits.
Total minimum credits required for the combined undergraduate major and graduate program is 36 credits in the undergraduate psychology major and 48 credits in the Health Policy, Management & Behavior major, all of which must be graduate credits.
In qualifying for the undergraduate bachelorís degree (regardless of discipline), students must meet all university requirements for their major, the minimum 90 liberal arts and sciences requirements, and residency requirements.
In qualifying for the M.S. on Health Policy, Management & Behavior, students must meet all university and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including the GRE Exam and completion of a minimum of 48 graduate credits.
Requirements for the M.S. in Health Policy, Management & Behavior include: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology, Principles in Statistical Inference I and II, Health Care Organization, Delivery, and Finance, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health, Health Policy, Analysis and Management, Masterís Projects in Health Policy, Management & Behavior, Evaluation of Public Health Programs, HPMB Field Placement, plus 18 required credits in specific track: Health Policy and Management or Social Behavior and Community Health. Requirements also include a full-time internship and a Masterís Workshop project.
Students may be admitted to a combined degree program at the beginning of their junior year and after successful completion of 56 credits, but no later than the accumulation of 100 credits. (Interested students should start thinking about the combined program at the end of their freshman year or at the beginning of their sophomore year.) A GPA of 3.2 or higher, three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty (at least one with whom the student took a course), and an interview with a faculty member from the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior.