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B.A. Psychology

Contact Person:

Arlene M. Stillwell, Chair

156 Flagg, (315) 267-4808,

34 credit hours required.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
STAT 100 Statistics (or MATH 125/CIS 125)
PSYC 300 Research Methods in Psychology (4 credits)

Group I: two of the following

PSYC 340 Human Learning and Memory
PSYC 380 Animal Behavior
PSYC 381 Biopsychology
PSYC 384 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 385 Sensory Psychology I: Vision OR
PSYC 386 Sensory Psychology II: Hearing
PSYC 400 History of Psychology

Group II:
two of the following

PSYC 320 Advanced Topics in Child Development OR
PSYC 322 Mental Retardation
PSYC 330 Social Psychology
PSYC 370 Theories of Personality
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 390 Tests and Measurements

Elective Courses

Excluding tutorials, independent studies, and internships


  1. Except for tutorial study, independent study and internships, any psychology course, including courses from Groups I and II, may be used as electives.
  2. No course may be counted twice.
  3. Grade requirement: all above courses must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.0 to count toward the major. Students considering opting to S/U a psychology course should consult their advisers.
  4. Independent studies and internships do not satisfy psychology major requirements.
  5. 15 upper-division credits are required to complete the major. PSYC 300 and non-psychology cognate or non-cognate courses cannot be used to meet upper division requirements.
  6. Residence requirement: a minimum of 15 upper-division psychology credits must be completed at this college.
  7. Transfer of credits ? the following three requirements must be met:

    a. Courses transferred into the major must be approved by the Psychology Department Chair.

    b. The Department will accept transfer credits for PSYC 100 and statistics if they are at least 3 credit hours and students have earned a minimum of 2.0 or its equivalent (e.g., C). All other transferred courses MAY be accepted as meeting the ?Elective?requirement.

    *If a transferred course is equivalent to a Group I or Group II course, a line will be drawn through the Group I or II course equivalent, and the student must take another course from that group. PSYC 300 is required to be completed at SUNY Potsdam.

    *Students may petition the Chair to have a transferred course accepted for transfer credit toward the major.

    c. All courses transferred from two-year colleges carry lower division credit only.

Recommended Coursework Outside the Major

Students are urged to consult with the chair and a departmental adviser to ensure that educational and professional objectives are met.