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The term "advisement" means to seek consultation and advice—and that is exactly how the Psychology Department approaches academic advisement.

While there is an official advisement period, you should feel free to contact your adviser at any time to discuss your goals, plans, needs, and questions.

Advising for Fall 2022

Registration begins April 6.  See your advisor now to discuss classes for the fall semester and your plans for the future!

See these slides for information on course requirements and tips for registration.


Who is my adviser?

Freshmen (fewer than 24 credits):

All Buffalo State students are assigned a professional adviser in Academic Commons.  However, we also assign a faculty adviser to every student.  You are welcome to work with either or both advisers.  However, we strongly encourage all students to meet with their Psychology Department adviser about any psychology-related questions.  You can find your adviser's name on your Banner or Degree Works pages.  If you need help identifying your adviser, please contact department secretary Karen Skoney, 878-6215 or

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (25+ credits):

Once you are further along in your psychology studies and considering more seriously where your career interests lie, you will no longer meet with a professional adviser in Academic Commons and will meet instead with your psychology adviser, who is a full-time professor. Typically, your adviser is assigned based on your interests, to develop a good fit and partnership between you and your adviser. If you don’t know who your adviser is, consult the list outside the Psychology Department main office, Classroom Building C312. You may change advisers (or have one assigned if you don't) by seeing the department secretary, Karen Skoney, in the main office.

Newly declared majors, transfer students:

New majors will be assigned an adviser when they declare psychology as their major.  If you are unsure who that person is, see the department secretary, Karen Skoney, in Classroom Bldg C312.

Advisement should be seen as a partnership between you and your academic adviser. It is a time to work with a faculty member in shaping your current education to achieve your future plans and career aspirations.

We are here to provide guidance and give advice on how to achieve a desired career direction—not just which courses you should take, but how to tap other resources to improve your chances of success. As professionals in the field, we have a wealth of experience, knowledge, and local, regional, national, and international contacts that are yours for the asking.

Our advice to students

  • Read the undergraduate catalog and psychology major guide.
  • Check out the roadmaps to learn when you should take your major courses.
    • Roadmap for BA students
    • Roadmap for BA students transferring in as sophomores
    • Roadmap for BA students transferring in as juniors
    • Roadmap for BS students
  • Find out what the department has to offer including courses, extracurricular activities, and individualized opportunities. Typically, out-of-classroom experience and individualized experiences are valuable for your academic and personal growth.
  • Be proactive and investigate what your options are with a psychology degree, then work with your adviser to find out how to achieve those goals.
  • Consider a minor that will complement your major and your career interests.  The Complementary Minors to a Psychology Major guide may help you with that.

How often to see your adviser

  • All students must see an adviser or attend one of the advising workshops at least once each semester.
  • Be sure to see your individually-assigned faculty adviser when you reach 70 credits.  This is a critical point for career planning and for planning for graduation.
  • If you are not sure who your adviser is, or you would like to change advisers, see the department secretary Karen Skoney, in Classroom C312.
  • Also, get to know more senior students, as they may have very helpful advice and can share their recent experiences.

Advisement Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do with my bachelor's degree in psychology?

Perhaps more important than your grades and the piece of paper that says you’ve met all degree requirements are the skills that you build (writing skills, interpersonal skills, personal growth, overcoming challenges, being prepared, learning how to use resources, etc.) while earning your bachelor’s degree in psychology. The skills that you earn play a large role in determining what you can do with your degree.

Careers in the field of psychology website

Psychology Degree Guide website

More resources

Also, set up an appointment with your advisor at least once per year for one-on-one advisement to plan what you will do with your degree after graduation. 

How do I know what classes I need to take?

Use Degree Works to see what courses are required for graduation, when/what courses are offered, and how many seats are open in each course. Access Degree Works by logging in with your Buffalo State email address and password.

For psychology courses, please note prerequisite (course order) requirements when choosing your courses. Use the Roadmaps to help with planning course sequence for psychology courses.


How do I register for classes?

Use Banner to sign up for courses. Login with your Banner ID and click “Student,” “Registration,” and “Search for Classes.”

Select the term for which you want to register and click “submit.” Then search by subject in order to see all available classes in each academic department. Select “view sections” next to the course for which you want to register. This will show you the sections offered of the course you’ve selected and information about each course (CRN, subject, credits, title, days, time, instructor, date, location, etc.). To register, check the box to the left of the course, and then click “submit” (“register”) on the bottom of the page. More information about registration.

Sometimes when attempting to register for a course, problems occur. Common problems and what to do to resolve them


How many credit hours should I register for?

Students should register for 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate in 4 years. Taking more than 15 credits can be overly burdensome and should be attempted with caution.


What if a course I want to take is closed?

If a course is closed but has waitlist availability, and the student is eligible to take the course, he/she is given the option of joining the waitlist. Waitlist courses are displayed on the student's schedule along with the waitlist placement number. The number on the waitlist may change due to many reasons. If the student is moved to the top of the waitlist and a seat opens, he/she will receive a generated email alerting them to this fact. They then have a 24-hour period to login to Banner and enroll in this course. If they do not enroll in this window, they lose their spot in the waitlist and will have to start over.


Will college-level courses that I’ve already taken transfer to the psychology department?

Credit hours previously earned will be evaluated for all transfer students upon admission to the college. The evaluation for transfer credit hours is recorded in Degree Works. Questions about this process should be directed to


How do I withdraw from a course?

Student makes entry directly in Banner. Go to Add or Drop Classes link, click on LOV (list of values) menu under Action heading for the CRN you want to withdrawal from and select Student Course Withdrawal. Be sure to click on “submit changes” to save your entry. Also, BE CAREFUL – once the entry is submitted and saved, it cannot be changed. If this is an error that needs to be corrected, you must submit a petition to the Academic Standards Office.


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