Psychology Major

As a psychology major at SUNY Plattsburgh, you will acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences you need to become a successful professional in the field of psychology and beyond.

As you progress through the psychology program, you will develop an appreciation of scientific thinking and methodology, achieve mastery of the core content areas of psychology, and apply this knowledge in both scholarly and practical experiences. Upon completing your psychology degree, you will be prepared for further graduate education in master’s and Ph.D. programs, as well as careers in a variety of fields, including business, social services, research, and education.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology (120 credits)

The B.A. or B.S. in Psychology requires 40 academic credits of course work in psychology, in addition to general education and elective courses. The psychology curriculum includes:

  • An introductory psychology course accompanied by a lab, in which small groups of students conduct experiments and demonstrations of classic psychology phenomena.
  • Courses in experimental design and statistics, with an emphasis on conducting and evaluating research and clearly communicating experimental findings.
  • Courses that introduce the central research findings and theories in the core areas of psychology, including human development, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, personality, social psychology, and history of psychology.
  • A junior-level seminar exploring a specific topic in depth through focused readings, presentations, and term papers.
  • Your choice of upper-level courses that focus on specific subject areas in depth, such as neuropsychology, adolescent psychology, evolutionary psychology, abnormal psychology, counseling, learning/memory, and many others.

Additionally, we offer a variety of opportunities for you to gain all-important practical experience. Qualified students work closely with faculty members on current research projects and/or as teaching apprentices. You can also obtain hands-on experience in the community through our extensive fieldwork/internship program.

Program Requirements

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the psychology program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Department co-chairs
Dr. Katherine Dunham (
Dr. Michael Morales (

Department secretaries
Ms. Pam LeClair (
Ms. Donna Vanderhoff (

Psychology Office: Beaumont Hall 211

Phone: (518) 564-3076
Toll-free Phone: (800) 441-7215
Fax: (518) 564-3397