Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology is a 124-credit program that is guided by learning goals established by the American Psychological Association. Completion of this degree is good preparation for graduate school in psychology or social work, or a career in public health or business sectors (or many different fields that involve working with people). It includes study in biological, cognitive, developmental, social, cultural, and individual aspects of people, as well as specific study of research methodologies (including statistics) and ethics employed within the discipline, and how the discipline can be applied in real life. Students have the option of completing the degree program through various delivery modes such as online, independent study, blended, and/or face-to-face study. Once a foundational knowledge base is gained, students have the opportunity to customize their education to match their personal, educational, and career goals by choosing from a variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior; the discipline covers major broad topics and employs specific social science methodologies for understanding humans, ranging from simple observation to rigorous experimentation. Subjects include, but are not limited to, how people develop and learn; how behaviors, relationships, and beliefs are motivated; how the brain, behavior, and environment interact; how people develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as how to intervene; how people interact with the world around them, including how they perceive it, how they respond to it intellectually and emotionally, and how these processes change throughout the lifespan; and, how all of these processes are integrated into personality under interpersonal, social, and cultural influences.
For additional information about this degree program, please visit the B.A. in Psychology web page.
The admissions requirements for the B.A. in Psychology will be the same as current undergraduate admissions requirements. The program will follow the college policy for granting prior learning (PLA) credits to be among the 93 maximum transferable credits.
Psychology and Human Development Department Chair:
(607) 463-2390 x3384
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Secretary:
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B.A. Psychology Program Requirements
Students must complete at least 40 credits spread among the major subfields of psychology, with at least 24 credits from advanced psychology studies.
As part of the 124-credit program, students pursuing a B.A. in Psychology must complete the following required courses:
|PSYC 1005||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|HUDV 1015||Human Development: Introductory 4||4|
|SOSC 2010||Statistics for the Social Sciences 1||4|
|PSYC 2030||Social Psychology: Introductory 5||4|
|PSYC 3010||Abnormal Psychology: Advanced||4|
|PSYC 3040||Biological Psychology||4|
|PSYC 3045||Cognitive Psychology 1||4|
|PSYC 3055||Cultural Psychology||4|
|SOSC 3025||Social Science Research Methods||4|
|Two additional advanced level courses in psychology||8|
Psychology Program Notes
In consultation with the student’s primary mentor, the following course substitutions may be made:
Students transferring in lower level credits that overlap content covered in PSYC 3040, 3010, 3045, 3055, or SOSC 3025 may count that lower level work as satisfying the content requirements of the corresponding upper level course at SUNY Empire State College. However, students must have a minimum of 24 advanced level credits in psychology in their program in order to have the program approved.
Students should work with their mentors to select elective courses that add focused depth to the core psychology program requirements, based on the individual goals of the student.
Students who have received credit for HUDV 3025 Human Development: Advanced (or equivalent, via transfer credits) may apply that credit in lieu of HUDV 1015.
Students who have received credit for PSYC 3020 Social Psychology: Advanced (or equivalent, via transfer credits) may apply that credit in lieu of PSYC 2030.