I want to major in Psychology. What
should I do first?
After reviewing requirements for the Psychology major, come to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office in Room B-117 to set up an appointment with Carol Carlson, Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor, or see Donna Hildenbrand, Student Coordinator, in Room B-120. Carol or Donna will complete a worksheet with you showing what courses you should take and which requirements you have already fulfilled. We will keep a copy of your worksheet and other pertinent information on file. You should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor periodically to review your progress.
I’m doing a B.A. in
Psychology. If I’ve already taken a statistics course, do I also need
to take another math course?
Unless you scored a 4 or higher on the Math Placement Exam, the answer is "yes." The statistics and mathematics requirements are separate requirements. If you are a transfer student, Carol Carlson, must certify that your transfer course meets the “Courses OUTSIDE the Psychology Department” mathematics requirement.
Should I do a B.A. or a B.S. degree?
What is your goal? You should choose one degree or the other based on what you wish to do after graduation. The B.S. degree is best for a career in a scientific discipline and for some graduate programs. Most other students should probably elect the B.A. program.
I am a transfer student. What should I do to get the courses from my old school evaluated for transfer credit?
PRIOR to meeting with our Transfer Advisor, Carol Carlson (Room B-117), go to the transfer office (Room 134, Administration Bldg) and request copies of your transcript(s) from your earlier college(s). In many cases, for lower-division courses (e.g., Introductory Psychology) we typically do not need to see supporting materials beyond the transcript to accept courses as equivalent to Stony Brook courses. If you want courses evaluated for upper-division credit, we often need a course syllabus AND the course catalogue material for the whole Psychology program at your previous school(s). You can often find the appropriate material at the school’s website.
I am a transfer student doing the B.S. degree. Who should evaluate my science courses from my previous school(s)?
First check with the Transfer Office(Room 134, Administration Bldg) to see if there are standing agreements for assigning transfer credit. This will be true if you went to a school from which large numbers of students transfer to Stony Brook (such as Suffolk Community College). If there are no standing agreements, your science courses must be evaluated by each appropriate department.
According to Solar, I still need certain courses for my Psychology major that I thought I already took. I know that these transfer courses were already accepted by the Department. Will I get credit for them?
Your Solarsystem information may not include recent transfer courses. If you have any concerns about which courses will count toward your Psychology major, please come to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (Room B-117) and we will help you determine what courses, if any, are needed. Do not repeat courses based solely on Solar information; consult with us first!
I took "Abnormal Psychology" at my previous school. Can I take "Survey of Clinical Psychology" here?
No. You won’t get credit for Stony Brook’s "Survey of Clinical Psychology" course if you’ve already taken "Abnormal Psychology" elsewhere. This applies more broadly to 200-level and associated 300-level courses in our program. If you have questions, see Carol Carlson before registering for your classes.
Which courses will allow me to complete my upper-division writing requirement?
student taking PSY 310 (Research Writing in Psychology) will be able
to submit the research paper required by this course to be evaluated
for the Upper-division Writing Requirement. In order to pass the
UDWR, a grade of C or higher on the paper is required.
The department encourages instructors of upper-division courses (300+) to make an announcement at the beginning of the semester about whether and how the upper-division writing requirement may be fulfilled. Otherwise, you should ask the professor after class or during office hours about his or her policy.
I wrote a long paper about Psychology at another school or in another department. Can that count for my upper-division writing requirement?
No. The upper-division writing requirement must be fulfilled using written work from a Stony Brook Psychology course.
How can I get involved in research?
Review the Department website or the Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about faculty members’ research. Contact a faculty member whose research interests you and ask about the possibility of getting involved. Keep in mind that the number of students who can participate in research with a given faculty member is limited and a faculty member may not have openings at a particular time. Faculty and graduate students who are recruiting undergraduates to become involved in their research often post announcements around the Department. Look especially on the bulletin board outside Room B-117. You can also ask Carol Carlson (Room B-117) or Cynthia Zimmerli (Room B-154) for information on research opportunities or visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities website. Note that you can earn academic credit for your research involvement. See details in the Undergraduate Bulletin for PSY 273 and PSY 487.
How can I get involved in community service?
Each semester, the department produces a brochure that describes community service opportunities for the next semester. You can obtain a brochure from Psychology B-117. The brochure provides contact information for each community service placement.
See also: www.psychology.sunysb.edu/psychology/index.php?undergraduate/opportunities
How can I get involved in an internship?
You should consult with the Internship Office in the Career Center, in Melville Library, W-0550. The Internship Office will provide you with a list of pre-approved psychology internships as well as a list of requirements for obtaining credit. Note that you must have a faculty sponsor within the Psychology Department for the internship. Therefore, if you wish to do an internship, you should start making plans at least one semester in advance, to arrange for a sponsor. If you wish to carry out an internship not on the pre-approved list, you need the permission of both the internship office and Psychology’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.