Lawrence J. Lewandowski, Ph.D., Chair
430 Huntington Hall
Emily B. Ansell, Kevin Antshel, D. Bruce Carter, Catherine A. Cornwell, Amy H. Criss, Joseph W. Ditre, Tanya L. Eckert, Joshua C. Felver, Les A. Gellis, Randall S. Jorgenson, Michael L. Kalish, Lawrence J. Lewandowski, David Kellen, Stephen A. Maisto, Brian K. Martens, Leonard Newman, Tibor Palfai, Aesoon Park, Natalie Russo, Lael J. Schooler, Peter A. Vanable, Laura E. VanderDrift, and Sarah Woolf-King.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. Professional psychologists may be researchers investigating behavior and/or practitioners, applying their knowledge and skills to individual and social problems.
The Psychology Department offers several options for students. These include a Bachelor of Arts major, a Bachelor of Science major, and a minor. Students planning to pursue a career in which a background in psychology is useful, such as business, communications, or social services, will find the B.A. degree to be an appropriate track. These students are encouraged to pursue experiences through part-time work or internships in their area of interest. Students interested in pursuing professional careers in psychology, social work, or other professional fields such as law will need to attend graduate school and obtain an advanced degree. These students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor for advice on whether the B.A. or B.S. degree is most appropriate to meet their long-term goals. The B.S. degree is recommended for students planning professional careers in such fields as medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy. All students should consult regularly with their faculty advisor in planning a program of study that is consistent with their future academic and career goals. All students are encouraged to utilize the career resources available in the Department of Psychology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University to learn about opportunities and prepare strategies to meet their goals.
Students interested in taking a psychology class at another institution and transferring it to Syracuse University to count toward either the major or minor must complete a petition form (downloadable from the department web site) and bring it and a syllabus for the course to the Advising Office (415 Huntington) for approval prior to enrolling in the course. Petitions may take up to two weeks for review. Winter intersession classes are generally not accepted as transfer credit. Students should plan their program of study in consultation with their academic advisor in order to insure timely completion of degree requirements No more than three hours of experience credit (PSY 270 or PSY 470 ) may be applied toward the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends relevant to the foundational domains of psychology, including cognitive, social, clinical, and developmental bases of behavior
2. Understand and apply basic principles related to research design, data analysis, and interpretation. This would include the ability to formulate testable research hypotheses, design a simple study to test the hypothesis, and apply appropriate statistical tests to answer basic research questions relevant to the field of psychology
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the APA ethical guidelines and their applications in the context of conducting psychological research
4. Employ the effective use of written communication in the psychological sciences. Employ the effective use of oral communication in the psychological sciences
5. Demonstrate the ability to effectively work in the field of psychology through involvement in faculty mentored research, community based internships, and independent study
6. Investigate natural phenomena, including the development of predictive explanatory systems, and includes the study of numerical and other abstract structures and relations
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree
B.S. students must earn a grade point average of at least a 2.0 in all upper-division Psychology courses taken at Syracuse University and counted towards the completion of the major (see MySlice for the GPA calculator). Students must begin by taking PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior (or the Honors equivalent, PSY 209 ). PSY 205 (or PSY 209 ) is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses except PSY 252 . All majors also must complete PSY 313 Introduction to Research Methodology and are encouraged to complete this course in addition to the required statistics sequence as soon as possible. Majors must satisfy a two-semester statistics sequence from the list below which also satisfies the quantitative skills requirement of the Liberal Arts Core:
Preferred Option for Math Sequence:
Alternative Math Sequence #1
Alternative Math Sequence #2
Alternative Math Sequence #3
Alternative Math Sequence #4
Note: Only courses with a PSY prefix count toward the 30 credit minimum for the B.A.; the MAT courses taken towards the statistics requirement do not count toward this minimum.
Psychology Area Requirements and Electives
One 3-credit course must be completed in each of the four areas of psychology listed below. A single course may be used to satisfy requirements in only one area. Students may petition to have psychology (i.e., PSY) courses not listed in the four areas (e.g., PSY 400 ) count as completing a group requirement. Please note some courses are offered infrequently (COI) which are included in the lists below:
A minimum of seven credits in PSY elective courses are also required; these courses can be selected from any of the PSY area lists or from the elective list provided below:
Required Psychology Lecture-Lab Sequence
B.S. students are required to complete one psychology lecture-laboratory sequence (5-6 credits). Courses selected to complete the sequence may not be used to satisfy area requirements previously listed. There are no substitutions for this requirement. The following course sequences qualify for this requirement:
Mathematics and Natural Science Requirements
Mathematics and Natural Sciences Electives
Students must complete three elective courses (9 credits) in mathematics and/or in the natural sciences areas from the list below. These elective courses are intended to deepen or enhance the student’s experience and scholarly interests in the sciences.
All AST courses.
All CHE courses.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
CSD 212 -CSD 315 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearin
CSD 212 -CSD 325 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders: Fundamentals of Hearing Science
CSD 345 Fundamentals of Speech Science
CSD 409 Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language
GEO 155 -GEO 215 The Natural Environment; Global Environmental Change
GEO 155 -GEO 316 The Natural Environment; River Environments
GEO 155 -GEO 326 The Natural Environment; The Geography of Climate and Weather
GEO 455 Biogeography
GEO 482 Environmental Remote Sensing
GEO 583 Environmental Geographical Information Systems
All MAT courses above 230.
All SCI courses.
Science, Technology and Society
All STS courses may be accepted by petition
Other Schools and Colleges
(*Apply as Non-Arts & Sciences credit)
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics