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Psychology examines the relationships between brain function and behavior, and the environment and behavior. Applying what we learn from our research enhances our lives and improves the world around us.

- American Psychological Association

Our Psychology Department focuses on the scientific study of human and nonhuman animal behavior. Students have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in psychological theory and scientific methodology while conducting research with faculty who conduct state-of-the-art research in our on campus labs in various sub-disciplines including bio-physiological psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.

Students are immersed into program where they will learn about the history, theories, and concepts underlying psychological science. Early coursework in biopsychology, cognition, social psychology, development, and abnormal psychology leads to both advanced seminars in specialized subfields of psychology and to a senior capstone thesis. Over the course of their studies, students are consistently encouraged by faculty to develop their critical thinking skills, to communicate scientifically, and to sharpen their methodological and statistical skills.

The SUNY Oswego Psychology Department is staffed by over one-dozen faculty members who have diverse training and interests in psychological science. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members both inside and outside of the classroom.