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Title: Class of 2017 Psychology Majors and Families Welcome to the Psychology Department August 21, 2013 We are glad you are here!


1
Class of 2017 Psychology Majors and
FamiliesWelcome to the Psychology
DepartmentAugust 21, 2013We are glad you are
here!
2
Schedule for the day
  • Morning presentation
  • The Psychology Major at BSC
  • Expectations for Psychology Majors and Advisement
    Schuetze
  • Careers in Psychology
  • Individualized Experiences and Minors
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sessions (3rd Floor Classroom Building
    A and C wings)
  • Session A Strategies for Success
  • Session B Clinical Psychology, Forensic
    Psychology, Working with Children, Jobs with a
    Bachelors degree (pick one)
  • Session C Clinical Psychology, Forensic
    Psychology, Working with Children, Jobs with a
    Bachelors degree (pick one)
  • Lab open house, meet the students
  • Assignment to your advisor

3
Psychology at Buffalo State
  • We teach psychology as a behavioral science
  • We are undergraduate only
  • We stress individualized experiences with
    students
  • We have 11 full time faculty that cover all the
    major areas of psychology

4
Introducing the Psychology Faculty!
5
The Psychology Major
  • The principal undergraduate psychology degree at
    Buffalo State College is the B.A.
  • Most (90 ) graduate with a B.A. Everyone
    starts out on the B.A. track.

6
Psychology B.A. Requirements
  • Five required courses, starting with PSY 101
  • Electives that are distributed across the field
    of psychology
  • Options for independent study, internship, honors
    thesis
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA in psychology and overall
    at Buffalo State
  • Total credit hours in the major36

7
Psychology B.A. Typical Roadmap
  • FRESHMEN
  • First Semester
  • PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Make sure you are taking care of CWP 101
  • Meet with your advisor before you register for
    spring semester
  • FRESHMEN
  • Second Semester
  • Start PSY 300 level electives
  • Make sure you complete
  • CWP 102
  • Math requirement

8
Psychology B.A. Typical Roadmap
  • SOPHOMORE
  • First Semester
  • PSY 306 Stats
  • PSY 300 level elective
  • SOPHOMORE
  • Second Semester
  • PSY 450 W Research Methods
  • PSY 300 elective

9
Psychology B.A. Typical Roadmap
  • JUNIOR
  • First Semester
  • Finish PSY 300 level electives
  • Start PSY 400 level electives
  • JUNIOR
  • Second Semester
  • PSY 471 History and Systems
  • PSY 400 level elective

10
Psychology B.A. Typical Roadmap
  • SENIOR
  • First Semester
  • Finish PSY 400 elective or
  • PSY 488 Internship
  • PSY 499 Independent Study
  • PSY 496 Honors Thesis
  • SENIOR
  • Second Semester
  • PSY 472 W Seminar in Psychology

11
A Few Words about the B.S. Degree
  • A few specialized students go into the B.S.
    tracks
  • Aging
  • Biopsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Infancy
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • It is not automatic. Requires department
    approval. You must talk to your advisor by your
    junior year.
  • The B.A. and the B.S. are equally prestigious
    degrees

12
Psychology Honors
  • Option for students who wish to go above and
    beyond
  • Senior year
  • 3.5 minimum GPA in psychology major
  • 3.25 minimum overall GPA
  • Talk to your advisor no later than your junior
    year about it.

13
Resources
  • Major Guide
  • Web page
  • Facebook fan page
  • The Random Sampler (our newsletter)

14
Available in the Psychology Department office or
on line
15
www.buffalostate.edu/psychology
16
Do a search for us on facebook
17
Is the psychology major the best fit for you? We
like to think so, but
  • Everyone wins if you find the right major for
    you!
  • Other majors that might be more comfortable
  • Social Work (2.5 GPA minimum)
  • Education/Exceptional Education (2.75 GPA)
  • Criminal Justice (2.5 GPA)
  • Business (2.5 GPA)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Sociology

18
What should I do if I am not sure psychology is
for me?
  • You have time
  • Do your homework
  • Talk to your advisor
  • Take courses in psychology and other potential
    majors
  • Talk to majors in other departments
  • Do internet searches
  • Check with the Career Development Center
  • Talk to the chairs of other departments
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