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Frequently asked questions among Undergraduate Psychology Majors or Students Considering the Major
Considering a major in Psychology:
- After reviewing requirements for the Psychology major, come to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office in Psychology-B Building, Room 109, to set up an appointment with an advisor, or see Diane DeSimone, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, in Room B-109 or email Diane.DeSimone@stonybrook.edu. An advisor will work with you to determine which courses you should take and which requirements you have already fulfilled.
- What is your goal? You should choose a B.A. or B.S. 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, while most other students elect the B.A. program.
- Go to your SOLAR account under Student Records and Registration then Enrollment. Here you will see the Major/Minor declaration google form. Click link. (Fill out and submit)
- Your degree type is always based on your first major. For instance, if PSY BS is your first major and Music BA is your second major, you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.
Generally, you should meet with General Advising on your overall degree progress at least once a semester. Meet with your major advisors at least once a semester, both preferably two weeks before Advance Registration. Ideally, meet with each once at the beginning and once at the end of a semester.
- You can find more information on the Advising subpage
- See the google drive of past syllabi to get an idea of what is covered during the course. Note that the syllabus may vary based on the instructor and semester, and the previous syllabus should be used as an example only.
- Most students earn WRTD through PSY 310; however, in special cases, co-registration for the 0-credit PSY 459 while completing a substantial paper or writing sample in another Psychology course will satisfy the WRTD requirement. Students must obtain the permission of the course instructor prior to registering for PSY 459.
The WRTD and UDWR requirement will routinely be satisfied by completing PSY 310. However, in special cases, co-registration for the 0-credit PSY 459 while completing a substantial paper or writing sample in another Psychology course will satisfy the WRTD requirement. A student must obtain the permission of the course instructor prior to registering for PSY 459.
Students should consult with the Psychology department advisor (Psychology Building B - Room 109) to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate. The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.
No. You shouldn't contact any instructors about enrollment. You should put your name on the waitlist for the class instead. Instructors do not handle enrollments.
- If you are at the top of the waitlist (spots 1-10), you have a good chance of getting into the class. Check the Undergraduate academic calendar to see the specific date the waitlist process ends for the semester. Although instructors do not directly handle enrollment, you can contact them about your intention and situation on thefirst day of class.
- MAT 126, MAT 131, MAT 142, or AMS 161 satisfies the Calculus II requirement for Psychology BS majors.
- ANP 101 satisfies the Biology requirement for Psychology BA majors.
- For questions about other courses not listed above, please contact an advisor.
To be considered a full time student, you need to take 12 credits per semester. Note that some financial aid requires you to take 15.
- Contact the Registrar.
- Faculty are always available during office hours to give extra help with information covered during class time, and the Academic Success and Tutoring Center offers tutoring and academic success services free of charge to all Stony Brook undergraduates.
Review the Department website to learn about faculty members’ research. 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. Note that you can earn academic credit for your research involvement such as through PSY 273. PSY 273 involves working as a Research Assistant with a Professor (sometimes in collaboration with a graduate student in his/her laboratory) in the Psychology Department. Students must receive approval to work in the laboratory of a Professor in the Psychology Department. PSY 273 is not a course for which students simply sign up. Faculty and graduate students who are recruiting undergraduates to become involved in their research may post announcements around the Department as well as on the Department website (see below) If you see an opportunity of interest, you can contact the investigator to see if they need any more help.
For research courses, visit https://you.stonybrook.edu/psychologyresearch/
At this website, you will see the description of PSY 273. To view current opportunities, Click on the link that reads “View current research assistant openings”
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 (Visit the Undergraduate Psychology Advisors page).