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Dr. Judith Ouellette
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Phone: 607-753-4218
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Program Details

Psychology (B.A.) [PSY] (Major)

The B.A. requires foreign language credit at the 202 level.

This major in the Psychology Department provides a broad base of understanding of psychology as a science — the methodology of the discipline, the principles and concepts in major areas, and selected areas of application. Major areas include foundational methods courses, as well as a broad range of areas represented by the content and applied course selections.

Career Potential

  • Academics
  • Research
  • Counselor/therapist
  • School psychologist
  • Human services
  • Organizational psychologist

1. Required Psychology Courses: 36 credit hours
A. Foundation and Methods Courses: 15 credit hours
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 301 - Research Methods for Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 404 - Applying Research Methods in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 482 - Senior Seminar in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
B. Content Groups: 12 credit hours

One course must be taken from each content group.

Developmental Changes in Behavior and Mental Processes: 3 credit hours
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 333 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 334 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
Learning and Cognition Processes: 3 credit hours
  • PSY 312 - Learning (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 313 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Biological Bases of Behavior and Mental Processes: 3 credit hours
  • PSY 311 - Motivation (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 410 - Psychology of Human Emotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 411 - Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 412 - Sensory and Perceptual Processes (3 cr. hr.)
Individual Differences, Personality and Social Processes: 3 credit hours
  • PSY 322 - Theories of Personality (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 422 - Social Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
C. Application of Psychology: 9 credit hours

Select three courses from the following:

  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 341 - Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 342 - Psychology in Organizations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 360 - Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 375 - Positive Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 420 - Psychopharmacology (3 cr. hr.)
    Shared Resource with PSY 520
  • PSY 421 - Abnormal Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 435 - Health Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
    Shared Resource with PSY 535
  • PSY 441 - Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 486 - Counseling Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
2. Related Area Requirements: 21-22 credit hours

Biology: 6 credit hours

  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 210 - Cellular Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 303 - Microbiology and Human Disease (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 304 - Microbiology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 306 - Human Genetics (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 312 - Genetics (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 401 - Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 402 - Biology of Vertebrates (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 408 - Biology of Insects (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 409 - Animal Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 422 - Biological Evolution (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 514 - Mammalian Physiology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 524 - Physiological Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 325 - Biotechnology and Human Aging (3 cr. hr.)
Anthropology/Sociology: 6 credit hours
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
    and also select either
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ANT 300 - Human Evolution and Survival (3 cr. hr.)
Philosophy: 3 credit hours

Other philosophy courses may be substituted with the approval of the Psychology Department.

  • PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 375 - Science, Truth and Bias (3 cr. hr.)
Mathematics: 3-4 credit hours

Choose from the following courses, or any other undergraduate mathematics course that has any of these as a prerequisite.

  • MAT 111 - Algebra for College Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 115 - Elementary Functions (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
Computer Applications: 3 credit hours
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Psychology over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

  • Foreign language required at the 202-level for the B.A. (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language required at the 202-level for the B.A. (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 111 - Algebra for College Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • Foreign language required at the 202-level for the B.A. (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY (Content Group) (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Foreign language required at the 202-level for the B.A. (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY (Content Group) (3 cr hr.)
  • Two GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • PSY (Content Group) (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY (Application of Psychology) (3 cr. hr.)
  • Two GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 301 - Research Methods for Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • PSY (Content Group) (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY (Application of Psychology) (3 cr. hr.) 
  • PSY 404 - Applying Research Methods in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 404 fulfills the Writing Intensive Requirement (WRIT) in the major
  • Two electives (6 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • PSY (Application of Psychology) (3 cr. hr.)
  • Four elective courses (12 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Four elective courses (12 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 482 - Senior Seminar in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 482 fulfills Presentation Skills (PRES) and Writing Intensive Requirement (WRIT) in the major
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120