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

The B.S. requires 0-3 credit hours of foreign language.

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: Three 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: Three credit hours
  • PSY 312 - Learning (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 313 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Biological Bases of Behavior and Mental Processes: Three 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: Three credit hours
  • PSY 322 - Theories of Personality (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 422 - Social Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
C. Application of Psychology: Nine 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 486 - Counseling Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
2. Related Area Requirements: 21-22 credit hours

Biology: Six 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 409 - Animal Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 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: Six 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: Three 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: Three-four 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: Three credit hours
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
3. Additional Degree Requirements: Nine credit hours

Bachelor of Science candidates must take an additional nine credit hours of biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics. These additional nine credit hours may not include courses used to fulfill the "Related Area Requirements" above. Select any three courses:

Biology
  • 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 409 - Animal Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 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.)
Chemistry
  • CHE 121 - Elementary Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 122 - Elementary Chemistry II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 125 - Chemistry and the Environment (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
Mathematics

Choose from the following courses, or any other undergraduate mathematics course that has 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.)
  • MCS 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
Physics
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Psychology over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

  • The B.S. requires 0-3 credit hours of foreign language.
  • Two science and/or math courses in addition to the requirement in related areas for the B.S
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (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.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • The B.S. requires 0-3 credit hours of foreign language.
  • Two science and/or math courses in addition to the requirement in related areas for the B.S.
  • 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.)
  • 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

  • PSY (Content Groups)
  • GE course
  • Two science and/or math courses in addition to the requirement in related areas for the B.S.
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • PSY (Content Groups)
  • Two science and/or math courses in addition to the requirement in related areas for the B.S.
  • Two GE courses
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 301 - Research Methods for Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

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

Fall Total credit hours: 15-18

  • PSY(Application of Psychology)
  • GE course
  • Four elective courses
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Four elective courses
  • PSY 482 - Senior Seminar in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 482 fulfills Presentation Skills (PRES) & Writing Intensive Requirement (WRIT) in the major