B. Blanchard, Ph.D.
A. Rosellini, Ph.D.
E. Byrne, Ph.D.
E. Eson, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
C. Teevan, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
C. Dudek, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Binghamton
B. Feldman, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
G. Gallup Jr., Ph.D.
Washington State University
C. Israel, Ph.D.
State University of New York
at Stony Brook
J. McCaffrey, Ph.D.
University of Georgia
H. Neely, Ph.D.
B. Svare, Ph.D.
Trammell Neill, III, Ph.D.
University of Oregon
Catholic University of America
Wulfert, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
University of North Carolina,
C. Brown , Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Jean Wilkinson, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Louisiana State University
P. Forsyth, Ph.D.
West Virginia University
A. Frye, Ph.D.
Fay Halpern, Ph.D.
L. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Stony Brook
University of Iowa
E. Sutherland, Ph.D.
K. Wagner, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
K. Waterman, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Buffalo
J. Williams, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina
University of Kansas
Case Western Reserve University
University of North Texas
Texas A&M University
University of Delaware
University at Albany, SUNY
objective of the department is to provide undergraduate students with
a broad, general background in scientific psychology. The program is
designed to prepare students for graduate study in psychology as well
as a diversity of other fields requiring knowledge of psychological
principles. The department expects its students to become well-versed
in the theories, research, and applications of the discipline.
department offers a full program leading to the B.A.; a graduate
program leading to the Ph.D. with several major areas of
concentration and a clinical training program; and in cooperation
with the Department of Educational Psychology and Statistics in the
School of Education, the Certificate of Advanced Study and Psy.D. in
the B.A. degree, professional entry-level positions are possible in
public and private human services systems (health, education, social
welfare, parole, probation, gerontology, youth, substance abuse);
also, personnel administration, and general administrative work.
Entry-level jobs could involve delivery of service, research and/or
program planning and development. Less traditional occupations
include medicine, dentistry, law, optometry, urban planning, genetic
counseling, and human factors research.
Programs or Opportunities
department offers opportunities for independent study and research
beginning in the sophomore year. Students involved in research
activities have supervised access to the department’s animal
behavior laboratory, human research laboratories, and off-campus
of the major in psychology must be made by application to the
department. Information on procedures for application is available
from the Department Advisement Center (SS 370). Application may be
made during any semester at any time prior to final exam week, or
prior to August during summer sessions, but must be made before the
student has earned 60 credits at the University at Albany.
criteria outlined below will apply to all course work completed prior
to and including the semester during which application is made. The
department will notify students of action on the application before
the subsequent semester. A Psy 101, 210, and 211 may not be
taken elsewhere after matriculation at Albany.
Criteria for Students Admitted as Freshmen to Albany as of Fall 1991
The student must have completed at least 24 hours of college credit
The student's cumulative grade point average for all course
work at the University at Albany must be 2.00 or higher at the time
of evaluation of the application.
The student must have a grade point average of 2.50 or higher for all
course work completed in the University at Albany Psychology
Department at the time of evaluation of the application.
The courses A Psy 101 or 102, A Psy 210 and A Psy 211
must have been completed with a minimum grade of C- in each.
Students may be conditionally admitted to the major after completion
of the requirements for A Psy 101 and A Psy 210. A Psy
211 must be completed in the next semester following conditional
acceptance to be admitted to the major.
Criteria for Transfer Students Admitted to Albany as of Fall 1992 and
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 101, 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 101 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 101 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 101, 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.
who do not meet the above criteria may retake courses in the A Psy
101, 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
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.
Requirements for the Major in Psychology
Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits in psychology: including A Psy
101 or 102, 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
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.
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
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.
minimum requirements for admission include completion of A Psy
101 or 102, 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.
students must complete 48 hours in psychology including A Psy
101 or 102, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 master's 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
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.
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.
combined bachelor's/master's 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.
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.
qualifying for the undergraduate bachelor's degree (regardless
of discipline), students must meet all university requirements for
their major, the minimum 90 liberal arts and sciences requirements,
and residency requirements.
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.
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, Master's 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 Master's
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.