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Bachelor of Arts

Psychology

Program of Study

The program provides a holistic approach to psychology, with courses ranging from Behavior Genetics (discussing the role heredity plays in various personality types) to Psychology and Language (focusing on psychological implications in syntax, semantics and phonology) to the History of Psychology (exploring the evolution of this field of study).

Dive into both theoretical and applied study with opportunities to engage in your own research. You can be mentored by a faculty member and/or be a lab team member helping to implement larger research projects.

You will have the opportunity to conduct high-impact research alongside faculty who specialize in behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, industrial-organizational, and social-personality psychology.


Required Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology or Advanced Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • One course designated with a "T" suffix


Electives (12-13 credits with A PSY prefix)


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

Complete 3 credits in each of the following four categories:


Cognitive Behavioral Approaches (3 credits)

  • Learning
  • Memory and Cognition


Clinical Developmental Approaches (3 credits)

  • Psychology of Child Development
  • Abnormal Psychology


Social Basis (3 credits)

  • Social Psychology
  • Personality


Biological Basis (3 credits)

  • Introduction to Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Behavior Genetics


Course of study for the Neuroscience minor

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Academic Advising

All advising for declared psychology majors is coordinated by our academic advisor. The academic advisor and her staff are available throughout the year to meet with students who are interested in the field or who are actively studying psychology. Advisors are here to help declared psychology majors with:

  • course selection
  • exploration of research opportunities
  • involvement opportunities in the major and on campus
  • career exploration in the field of psychology, and in related fields
  • graduate program exploration
Psychology Undergraduate Mentor program

The Psychology Undergraduate Mentor program pairs undergraduate students with graduate students to provide guidance in areas like career exploration, how to apply to graduate school, networking, how to apply for a research assistant position, professional conferences and organizations, and specializations in psychology.

Mentors and mentees are paired based on their area of interest, their time in the program (newer graduate students are placed with freshmen/sophomore undergraduate students), and can decide the time commitment and meeting style that works best for them.

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Honors Opportunities

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.

You can also be recognized for outstanding academic achievement with the Psi Chi Honors Society. Psi Chi members can engage in the campus chapter of the society as well as in the national organization.

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COMBINED BA/MS PROGRAM

Accelerate your studies with the combined BA in Psychology and MS in Mental Health Counseling program, which provides an opportunity for students to fulfill integrated requirements of the undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of their junior year. With careful planning, you can earn both degrees within nine semesters and a summer session.

Career outcomes

Psychology professionals often work in human resources, hospitality, business, law enforcement and governmental organizations. Common job titles include:

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Human resources specialist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Criminal profiler
  • Jury specialist
  • Social worker
  • School counselor
Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  1. Students will demonstrate competence in advanced writing, effective presentation skills, and use of literature in the discipline of psychology
  2. Student’s will think critically about research in psychology by using basic research methods and analyzing and interpreting data.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Social Basis of Behavior.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Clinical/Developmental Approaches in Psychology.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Cognitive/Behavioral Approaches in Psychology.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in the Biological Basis of Behavior

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Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

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Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

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