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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 (Credits 10)
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 (Credits 6)
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 (Credits 6)
PSYC 320 Advanced Topics in Child Development OR
PSYC 322 Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
PSYC 330 Social Psychology
PSYC 370 Theories of Personality
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 390 Tests and Measurements

Elective Courses (Credits 12)
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. Fifteen (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. Courses that are repeated will only count once for credit.

    b. The Department will accept transfer credits for Introduction to Psychology 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 Psychology electives.
    • For new, incoming students: the two Group II courses in the SUNY Transfer Pathway (Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology) will count for Group II credit as long as they are equivalent to those courses at Potsdam.
    • Any other transferred course that is equivalent to a Group I or Group II course may count as a Psychology elective but not for Group I or II credit. Instead, the student must take another course from that group to fulfill this requirement.
    • 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/programs carry lower division credit only.