Psychology - B.S. Degree

Psychology

Office: W357 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3129

Dr. Joseph McFall, Chairperson

Email: Psychology.Department@fredonia.edu

Major Requirements

The Psychology Department requires a good academic standing (minimum overall GPA 2.0) for entry into Psychology Bachelor of Science major from another major at Fredonia.

Core Courses:

PSY 129Foundations of Psychology

3

PSY 130Psychology Laboratory

1

PSY 200Statistics for Psychology

3

PSY 315Research Methods

3

PSY 415Advanced Research Methods

3

PSY 489Independent Study

1-3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

NOTE:

  • The above courses should be completed by the end of the junior year.
  • PSY 100 Freshman Seminar is recommended for all first semester freshman majors.
  • PSY 130 is waived for all students entering the program with 30 hours or more of undergraduate coursework completed.
  • PSY 489 is a variable 1-3 credit hour course. Students must complete at least 3 credit hours total to satisfy the degree requirement.

Choose one course from the Psychophysiology area:

PSY 342Perception

3

PSY 351Physiological Psychology

3

PSY 361Cognitive Neuroscience

3

PSY 363Psychopharmacology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one course from the Cognitive area:

PSY 343Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 344Psychology of Language

3

PSY 364Cognitive Development

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one course from the Social/Personality area:

PSY 246Personality

3

PSY 345Social Psychology

3

PSY 365Social Development

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one course from the Clinical/Counseling area:

PSY 356Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 379Child Psychopathology

3

PSY 447Introduction to Counseling

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one course from the Theoretical Thinking (capstone experience) area:

PSY 429History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY 430Theories of Psychology

3

PSY 439Senior Honors Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one course of a Developmental Focus:

PSY 289Lifespan Human Development

3

PSY 349Child Psychology

3

PSY 364Cognitive Development

3

PSY 365Social Development

3

PSY 366Psychology of Adulthood

3

PSY 379Child Psychopathology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

NOTE:

  • Students who have fewer than 24 upper-level Psychology credits should take a 300-level or 400-level elective, as all students are required to take at least 24 upper-level credits in their major.
  • Students choosing to take PSY 364, PSY 365 or PSY 379 to meet both an area requirement and a developmental focus must take an additional psychology elective in order to fulfill the requirement that they have 41 credit hours of psychology courses.

Psychology Electives:

7-8 credit hours of any Psychology courses to bring total Psychology credit hours to 41.

Total Credit Hours:7-8

Math Requirement:

Completion of one course with a MATH prefix at the 100 level or above.

Total Credit Hours:3

Select ONE Focus (Biology/Chemistry/Data Science)

Biology Focus

BIOL 131Introductory Ecology and Evolution

3

BIOL 132Introductory Ecology and Evolution Laboratory

1

BIOL 133Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology

3

BIOL 134Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

1

CHEM 115General Chemistry Lecture I

3

Total Credit Hours:11

Chemistry Focus

CHEM 115General Chemistry Lecture I

3

CHEM 125General Chemistry Laboratory I

1

CHEM 116General Chemistry Lecture II

3

CHEM 126General Chemistry Laboratory II

1

BIOL XXXOne Biology Course

3

Total Credit Hours:11

Note:

  • Transfer students must complete at least 23 credit hours in Psychology at Fredonia
  • Honors Thesis may be substituted for independent study requirement
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative quality point average in all Psychology courses

Total Credit Hours: 54-55