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Undergraduate Psychology

*** Effective fall, 2012 for new majors

Major in Psychology

All majors are required to complete a minimum of 39-40 credits of psychology, 18 credits of which must be taken at Brockport. Courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may not be counted toward the major. One may elect to take more than the minimum, but not more than 54 credits in psychology will count toward a degree. The major consists of a required core, one course from each of five content areas to ensure an appreciation of the breadth of the field, an application course, an integration course, and three electives.

Part 1: Required Core. To ensure a common foundation, all majors must take a general psychology course (PSH 110), Introductory Statistics (PSH 202) or an approved statistics course from another discipline (ECN 204, HLS 488, MTH 243, PLS 303, or SOC 200), and Research Methods in Psychology (PSH 301).

Important Note: As noted above it is possible (with permission) to use another statistics course to satisfy the statistics requirement in psychology. However, you still must earn a total of 39-40 credits in psychology courses for a major. Thus, if you elect to use a non-psychology statistics course to satisfy the statistics requirement, you will need to take an additional three psychology credits to satisfy the 39-40-credit requirement. Discuss this issue with your advisor, and be sure you understand it.

Part 2: Content Areas. To ensure that you acquire reasonable breadth in your knowledge of psychology, you will be required to take at least one course from each of the five groups specified below. You may, of course, take more than one course from each area, but you must take at least one.

Group I             Biological Bases
PSH 341             Biopsychology
PSH 352             Sensation/Perception

Group II           Learning and Cognition
PSH 322            Learning
PSH 351            Cognitive Processes

Group III          Sociocultural Bases
PSH 331            Personality
PSH 332            Social Psychology

Group IV         Developmental
PSH 384            Child Psychology
PSH 484            Adolescence

Group V          Psychopathology
PSH 334            Abnormal Psychology
PSH 486            Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Part 3: Application:   This area involves an investigation of strategies for using psychological knowledge to solve human problems. 

Select one course from the following offerings:

PSH 336    Clinical Psychology
PSH 397    Health Psychology
PSH 402    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSH 480    Principles of Assessment
PSH 482    Community Psychology
PSH 483    Applied Behavior Analysis
PSH 410    Psychology and Law

Part 4: Integration:  These courses involve a writing intensive capstone experience and are restricted to senior-status Psychology majors.  You must have completed core and content areas before enrolling.  These courses are low enrollment seminar class to promote critical thinking and synthesis of knowledge from multiple content areas to understand complex psychological phenomena.

Select one courses from the following:

PSH  431 Close Relationships
PSH  441  Clinical Neuropsychology
PSH  442  Psychology of Eating
PSH 446   Cognitive Development
PSH 494   Prejudice and Discrimination
PSH 436   Psychology of Aging

Part 5: Electives. You will select at least three additional psychology courses with the approval of your faculty advisor. To make normal progress in the major, you should make every effort to complete some of the content area courses, as well as the general psychology course (PSH 110 or 112) and PSH 202 (and PSH 301 if possible), before entering your junior year. If you are a transfer student, or if you are changing to psychology from another major, you should see a psychology faculty advisor as soon as possible


Minor in Psychology

A minor in psychology consists of 18 credits, nine of which must be upper-division (that is, they must come from courses whose numbers are 300 or above).  The minor consists of three types of courses: two core courses (PSH 110, PSH 202), two content area courses (one from Group A - 341, 352, 322, 351 and one from Group B- 331, 332, 384, 484, 334, 486), and two electives.  Three electives must be taken if the student completed a statistics course (equivalent to PSH 202) in a different discipline.  Courses that are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory cannot be counted toward the minor.  A Brockport Psychology GPA of 2.00 is required in order to graduate with a minor in Psychology.

Important Note: As with the major, you may (with permission) substitute a non-psychology statistics course for the statistics requirement. However, if you do this you still must earn a total of 18 credits in psychology courses for a minor.

Core Courses:
  PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
  PSH 202 Introduction to Statistics, or an approved statistics course from another discipline
        (ECN 204, HLS 488, MTH 243, PLS 303, SOC 200)

Content Area Courses:
Select one course from each group:

Group A:
   PSH 341  Biopsychology
   PSH 352  Sensation and Perception
   PSH 322  Learning
   PSH 351  Cognitive Processes

Group B:
   PSH 331  Personality
   PSH 332  Social Psychology
   PSH 384  Child Psychology
   PSH 484  Adolescence
   PSH 334 Abnormal Psychology
   PSH 486  Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Electives: 2-3 courses to be selected from the Psychology Department Course Offerings


Undergraduate Psychology Courses

A list of all undergraduate psychology courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog. You must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all the psychology courses you take at SUNY Brockport to complete a major or minor in psychology. Courses for which you do not receive a letter grade (i.e., those graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory) will not count toward the 36-credit minimum in psychology needed for the major, nor toward the 18-credit minimum in psychology needed for the minor. Such courses are indicated in the catalog.

Important Additional Information

1. If you are majoring in psychology, be sure to see your advisor at least once a semester. There are several reasons for this:

  • You will not be able to take advantage of the "major registration" period if you do not see your advisor. This is the brief period of time each semester when psychology majors have an opportunity to register for psychology courses before non-majors are permitted to do so. It is important to take advantage of this period, as it may be the only way you can get into the courses you need for your major.
  • Your advisor is the person best equipped to answer questions about your academic progress. Furthermore, he/she can keep you informed about last-minute changes in requirements, new opportunities, discrepancies in your records (yes, sometimes mistakes are made), etc.
  • Your advisor has a lot of information and experience that can help you make career plans, as well as design your entire undergraduate program in a way that will facilitate your long-term success in achieving those plans.
  • If you think you might be interested in going to graduate school, it is especially important that you inform your advisor of this at the earliest opportunity. There are many things you can do while still an undergraduate, even as early as your freshman or sophomore year, that will increase your chances of being accepted by a graduate school. Your senior year is definitely not the first time you should start thinking about graduate training.

2. Things change. Requirements change, course schedules change, opportunities for additional training and scholarships become available, workshops, employment and graduate school fairs, etc., are offered, and so on. Many of these changes and offerings are advertised and/or described in brochures and on bulletin boards in and around the Psychology Department offices in Holmes Hall. Check these materials frequently. Once a week is not too often to do this. Do not depend on their being announced in classes -- this may or may not happen.

3. You must take responsibility for your own education. Your advisor will be very helpful, but he/she is not going to follow you around like an indulgent mother. Some opportunities will not be available to you unless you go out and look for them. If you want to do research in a certain faculty member's laboratory, do not wait to be asked -- ask the faculty member. If you think you might want to gain some research experience or some teaching experience, find out what is available. Talk to faculty and to other students; make inquiries. If you want to do practical work in the community or in a clinical environment, do some digging. Find out what other students have done, find out which faculty are especially available to help with such experiences, look around the community to discover what is available.

4. Take the same active approach to your course work. Keep informed at all times regarding course requirements, keep up to date with all your reading, develop first-rate college-level study skills, ask questions, and never hesitate to discuss any problems you are having in a course with the instructor as soon as possible.

5. Take advantage of opportunities to enhance your experience in psychology that may not be part of formal course work. Join the Psychology Club (it maintains a bulletin board across from 133 Holmes Hall). Look into Psi Chi, the honorary fraternity for psychology students, and make qualification for membership one of your goals as a psychology major. Find out about Scholars Day and plan to participate in this important event. Make an effort to associate with other psychology students and exchange information and experience.

6. Visit the College's Academic Advisement's webpages for a rich source of information about many aspects of your academic career that you need to know about at

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