Advising

Walk-in Hours

We are located in Science 4, Room 230B. Walk-in hours are 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm, Monday through Thursday. Peer advisors and Graduate Advising Interns are available during walk-in hours to answer questions about requirements for the major, to help with schedule planning, and answer any questions you might have about the online forms. (Online forms?!  YES!  Read below to learn about forms for the declaration of major, to register for PSYC 397 Independent Study, to register for PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant, or to submit a course evaluation for transfer courses not listed on the Course-to-course Equivalency Table.) 

Advising Resources

If you have questions regarding the waitlist procedures for Fall 2015, please click here.  For information about how to contact the psychology advising office, click here. During the first two weeks (until the end of add/drop on Sept 11), there is no need for you to make an appointment to meet with an advisor.  Just come to walk-in hours when it is convenient for you.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor after add/drop, please click here and schedule through HIREbing.

Degree and Course Information

Course descriptions are available in the Bulletin or on the BUbrain - schedule of classes. See our Course Offerings tab for information about our projected offerings for future terms.

Looking for information about graduation?  For Fall 2015 graduates: be sure to apply for your degree when you confirm your enrollment for your Fall 2015 courses.

 

Advising materials for completing the major:

Psychology, B.A.:

Click here to see a sample path of how these requirements can be fulfilled. 

 
Applied Behavior Analysis Track:

For information about the major in Integrative Neuroscience (IN) see the IN Advising web pages.

Declaring Your Major

Declaring an interest in psychology on your admissions application does not mean you have declared your major; all students enter Binghamton as undeclared.  Please review the Harpur College website It's a MAJOR Decision... and the Harpur information pages on Choosing a Major.  Highlights from these pages include the following:  "All freshmen enter Harpur College as undecided students. We require you to take time to consider your options, our first years here. As a result, we do not even permit freshmen to choose a major until at least the second semester."  (If you are a STEM major with specific funding requirements, see the IN website.)

 

* To declare your major in Psychology you must have received a C or higher in both PSYC 111 and PSYC 243.

Click here if you meet these requirements and would like to declare your major in Psychology.

Click here if you do not yet meet the requirements but would like to complete a waiver to declare psychology as your major.  By completing the waiver, you acknowledge that you are aware of the requirements for the major and you affirm that you will work to meet the requirements. It is possible to be dropped from the major if you do not continue to make consistent progress toward your degree requirements.

If you are already declared as a Psychology major but would like to drop Psychology as your major, please send an email with this request to ugpsyc@binghamton.edu .

 

* To declare you major in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) track you must have received a C or higher in PSYC 111 and PSYC 243, and have taken or be taking PSYC 355.

Please note that in order to graduate in the ABA track you must achieve a B or higher in all ABA track core courses, including PSYC 355.

Click here if you meet these requirements and would like to declare your major as Psychology:  Applied Behavior Analysis Track.

 

Transferring courses to Binghamton

Use the course-to-course look-up tool to see how your credits will transfer to Binghamton. 

 

Common Procedures/Questions:

How can I get into closed courses?

First, check whether the course has a wait list. If a wait list is available, the only way to enter the course is to add yourself to the wait list. For more information regarding the waitlisting procedure, please click here.  If the course does not have a wait list is to self-register if a spot becomes available. For closed courses you should monitor BUbrain closely during open registration periods.

Is a course restricted? 

Be sure to check Restrictions for a course are by going onto BUBrain and clicking on the course title. At the bottom of the page, restrictions for the course will be listed.

If a course is restricted, you must meet the prerequisites for the course before you are able to register for the course.  If you are having credits for the prerequisite transferred in, but the credits do not yet appear on your Binghamton University transcript, please visit the Psychology Academic Advising office. 

 

How can I register for independent study credits?

Complete the PSYC 397 Independent Study registration form online here.  An email will be sent to the professor supervising your Independent study, requesting confirmation for the position you are requesting and for the number of credits you are requesting.  Please complete these form carefully.  If you would like to register for PSYC 395 Internship in the Lynn lab, please use this form and select Dr. Lynn as the supervisor.

Note:  Students who want to register for 4 credits of independent study after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early.  It is possible to register for 2 credits of independent study after the regular add/drop deadline. Please contact the advising office to complete the paper copy of the form if the online form is no longer available.
 

How can I register for a teaching assistantship?

Complete the PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant registration form online here. An email will be sent to the instructor supervising your assistantship appointment, requesting confirmation for your appointment and the number of credits you will be receiving. Please complete these form carefully. 

Note:  Students who want to register for 4 credits of teaching assistantship after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early. 
 

How can I get credits from another institution to count towards my major?

Review Harpur Transfer Guidelines and Policies here.  To have a course evaluated please email ugpsyc@binghamton.edu with the course description and syllabus. Evaluation of these requests can take up to a week or more. Students are strongly encouraged to have a course reviewed BEFORE taking courses at other institutions. There is no guarantee that courses/credits will be count for fulfilling requirements for your major. If courses are listed as transfer equivalencies here they do not have be reviewed.   

 

How can I get credits from a study abroad program to count towards my major?

Please send a copy of the course description and syllabus to the psychology department at ugpsyc@binghamton.edu. Please include informatin regarding what course yo wish to fulfill with the transfer credit, as well as your B# and major. The subject line of your email should read "Course Review" so as to expedite the process.

Please be aware that evaluation of these requests can take up to a week or more. Students are strongly encouraged to have a course reviewed BEFORE taking courses abroad.  There is no guarantee that courses/credits will be count for fulfilling requirements for your major.

 What is my GPA for my major?

Use our psychology major GPA calculator (excel, 27kb) or ABA track GPA calculator (excel, 27.5kb) to find out.

 

What if I need to take an incomplete in a course?

You must meet with your instructor to determine if you will be permitted to receive an incomplete in a course. Incompletes are warranted when a student has a personal or medical emergency that prevents them from completing coursework. We highly encourage students and faculty to use the Incomplete Contract (docx, 17kb) to ensure that all parties know exactly what coursework remains and when it must be completed by. Copies of the contract should be provided to the instructor, the student, and the advising office (S4-230B).

Please keep a copy of any correspondence regarding special requests for course credit for your records. 
 

More Information

For more information about course registration, graduation/commencement, enrollment verification, and the final exam schedule, as well as access to any forms please see the Registrar’s website.
 
See Harpur Advising for any Gen Ed or Harpur College requirement questions.
 

You may access overload requests, course petitions, transfer petitions, and other Harpur forms here.

General information about transferring to Binghamton.

 

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Last Updated: 9/4/15