UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings - PSYCHOLOGY


86-101 General Psychology (SS) 3 cr.

A beginning course in psychology designed to provide an understanding of the modern approach to human behavior and to lay the foundation for additional work in psychology.
86-104 Honors: General Psychology (SS) 3 cr.
A general psychology course for University Scholars students.
86-110 General Psychology for Psychology Majors (SS) 3 cr.

An introduction to the science of psychology, its basic subject matter, the approaches psychologists use to gather and evaluate evidence, and the ways psychological knowledge is applied in a variety of settings. This course should be taken by students anticipating a major in Psychology. Credit cannot be received for both 86-201 and 86-210 or 86-204 and 86-210.

86-202 General Psychology Laboratory (0+2) 1 cr.

An introduction to the empirical side of psychology, intended as an adjunct or follow-up to General Psychology (86-201). Data will be collected in experiments and demonstrations selected from a broad range of topics within psychology. Pass/Fail course. Prerequisite 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210 which may be taken concurrently.
86-203 Elementary Psychological Statistics 3 cr.
Descriptive statistical methods including frequency distributions and measures of central tendency, variability and relative standing, and correlation. Fundamentals of probability and sampling distributions. Introduction to inferential statistical methods for statistical estimating and hypothesis testing with t-tests and elementary analysis of variance. (Statistics courses in other areas generally do not substitute for this course and may result in loss of credit. Both 86-203 and 92-281 may not be counted toward credits required for graduation.) Prerequisites: 86-101, 86-104, or 86-110 and 67-104 or 67-108, or University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Math Placement exam certification of eligibility for 67-171 or higher.
86-205 Social Psychology (SS) 3 cr.
Principles of human interaction as a function of the social setting. Topics include measurements of attitudes, propaganda, group behavior, and leadership. (86-205 and Sociology 92-321 may not both be counted for credit toward the 128 credits needed for graduation.) Prerequisites: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-280 Cognitive Psychology 3 cr.
An introduction to the area of cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology pertains to thinking and information processing. Topics will include memory, imagery, problem solving, language, reasoning, attention, and cognitive development. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-291 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
A survey of the facts, principles, and theories of psychological development from conception through childhood, adolescence, maturity and old age; intelligence, emotional, social, perceptual, and linguistic behavior; emphasis upon development trends. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-299 Admission to the Psychology Major 0 cr.
Approval for enrollment in this course certifies that a student has been admitted to the major in Psychology. A student is not eligible for graduation with a major in Psychology until an application for admission to the major has been submitted and approved by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee of the Psychology Department. Approval for admission to the major will not be granted until all the prerequisites have been completed. See Section IV. Pass/Fail course.
86-302 Honors: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3 cr.
This honors course is designed to further understanding of behavior which our society defines as abnormal or deviant. With an emphasis on theories of psychopathology, each of the various classifications of psychopathological behavior will be examined, along with their respective treatment interventions. A second major goal of the course will be to raise social awareness and assist the student in developing attitudes of compassion and tolerance. Third, it is recommended that students undertake a volunteer experience in the mental field while taking this course. Prerequisites: University Scholar, 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, or consent of instructor.
86-303/503 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3 cr.
A description and interpretation of behavior types considered deviant and/or maladaptive. Various methods of treatment including psychotherapy are considered. Prerequisites: 9 credits of psychology to include 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, or consent of instructor.
86-304 Psychology of Religion 3 cr.
Discussion of theory and research findings on religious development across the life span. Topics covered include the effects of religion on behavior, forms of religious experience, religion and personality, and the measurement of religiosity.
86-310 Comparative Psychology 3 cr.
A survey of the concepts and techniques used in the comparative analysis of animal behavior. Prerequisite: 6 credits of psychology to include 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, consent of instructor.
86-324 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 cr.
Comprises an inquiry into the origin and variations in sexual behavior and differences in intellectual and other capacities based on gender, and a psychological study of the social phenomena influencing concepts of masculinity and femininity. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of Psychology courses, including 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, or 6 credits with instructor approval.
86-331 Infant and Child Development 3 cr.

A study of child development from conception through middle childhood. With an emphasis on infancy and early childhood, the course will examine physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, social, and emotional development within the context of current research and theory. Prerequisites: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, or consent of instructor.

86-338 Adult Development and Aging 3 cr.

A study of the developmental tasks of early, middle and late adulthood. Work, marriage, parenthood, retirement, death and other issues will be examined with regard to cognitive, emotional, motivational and psycho-social functioning through the adult years. Cross-listed with 98-338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-341 Intermediate Psychological Statistics 3 cr.
Inferential statistics methods for psychological research. Statistical estimation and hypothesis testing, using analysis of variance and other techniques for testing significance of differences in data from independent samples or repeated measures. Prerequisites: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, and 86-203 or equivalent courses.
86-355 Psychology of Adolescence 3 cr.
A study of the facts, principles, and theories of adolescent behavior; emphasis upon practical applications. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-363 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 cr.
The application of psychology to the problems of personnel management in industry, employee selection and placement, merit rating, accident reduction, training methods, and the measurement and improvement of employee morale. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204, or 86-210.
86-367/567 Psychopharmacology 3 cr.
Overview of how the major classes of psychoactive drugs affect the brain and behavior. Topics include the biological mechanisms of drug action, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, the development of tolerance and dependency, and clinical use of drugs. Prerequisite: 6 credits of Psychology and permission of instructor.
86-371 Experimental Psychology (3+4) 5 cr.
The principles and practices in the design, performance, and interpretation of experiments. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, and 86-203, or approval of Psychology Department Chairman.

86-383 Biological Psychology 3 cr.

A review of evaluation of present knowledge concerning the various physiological processes as they relate to behavior. Prerequisites: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, and 86-203 and the completion of one year of laboratory biology.
86-384 Biological Psychology Laboratory (2+6) 3 cr.
A study of the techniques and experimentation in physiological psychology. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, and 86-383 (may be taken concurrently) and one year of laboratory biology.
86-411 Introduction to Psychological Testing 3 cr.
The construction and use of tests in the assessment and prediction of human behavior. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210 and 86-203.
86-425 Field Experience in Psychology 3 cr.
A beginning course in supervised applied psychology integrating a student's field experience with theoretical and research literature in psychology. Field experiences in mental health are emphasized. Topics will include helping others, ethics, and readings specific to each student's semester-long field experience program. 6 hours a week of field experience is the minimum requirement. Prerequisite: 12 credits of psychology, junior or senior status, and acceptance as a psychology major. 86-303 is required for students taking a mental health field placement and 86-338 for students taking a gerontology placement.
86-440 Human Factors/Ergonomics 3 cr.
The course provides an introduction to the discipline of Human Factors which attempts to optimize the relationships between technology and people in human-machine systems, with two major objectives: 1) to enhance effectiveness and efficiency with which work and other human activities are performed; and 2) to enhance certain desirable human values, such as improved safety, reduced fatigue and stress, increased comfort, greater user acceptance, and improved quality of life. Prerequisites: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, 86-203, and 86-363 or equivalent courses.
86-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (A maximum total of 6 credits of independent study, related readings and special problems credits in Psychology may be counted in meeting the minimum credit requirements of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisites: Junior standing (64 credits) or more, and GPA of 3.0 or above.
86-451 Seminar in Applied Psychology 3 cr.
Review of personnel selection, development, assessment; introduction to engineering psychology, consumer psychology, psychology and social interaction; relationship with other professions. Prerequisite: 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210, and consent of instructor.
86-455/655 Sensation and Perception 3 cr.
A general discussion of the phenomenological and physiological principles and theories of sensation and perception. Prerequisite: 9 credits of psychology to include 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (A maximum total of 6 credits of independent study, related readings and special problems credits in Psychology may be counted in meeting the minimum credit requirements of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisites: Junior standing (64 credits) or more, and GPA of 3.0 or above.
86-463 Theories and Principles of Learning 3 cr.
Discussion and evaluation of major concepts, theories, principles and research findings in learning. Prerequisites: 9 credits of psychology including 86-201, 86-204 or 86-210.
86-464/664 History of Psychology 3 cr.
An integrative course, intended for the senior year, to provide perspective on the field of psychology by examining the issues common to all subfields of the discipline. Topics will include philosophical and empirical antecedents to psychology, the historical development of the major psychological schools of thought and current manifestations of lasting questions in the field. Prerequisites: 15 credits of psychology including 86-299, 86-371 and either 86-303 or 86-473 or approval of Psychology Department Chairman.
86-473/673 Theories of Personality 3 cr.
An intensive study and comparison of the modern theories of personality development such as: Freud, Mahler, Jung, Erickson, Horney, Rogers and Maslow, Skinner, and Dollard and Miller. Prerequisites: 9 credits of psychology.
86-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be "Honors Thesis." Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Consult with the director of University Scholars Program regarding requirements. Maximum of 6 credits. Pass/Fail Course.
86-480 Advanced Research in Psychology (0+4 to 10) 2-5 cr.
The design and analysis of experimental and/or correlational research in psychology. Emphasis on individual research in selected problem areas and preparation of a research report. Prerequisites: 86-371 and consent of instructor.
86-481/681 Introduction to Counseling 3 cr.
A survey of the theories and techniques that are used in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. The characteristics of the therapeutic relationship, along with role playing experiences, serve to introduce the work of the "helping professions." Prerequisites: Senior standing and 86-303, which may not be taken concurrently.
86-495 Psychology Research Seminar 1 cr.
Discussion of recent developments in selected areas of Psychology by participating faculty and students. Different topics will be covered at each offering. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites: Grade of A or B in 86-371 and permission of instructor.
86-498 Honors: Seminar in Psychology 3 cr.
The history and current status of selected problems in psychology will be examined by staff and qualified students. Different topics are considered each semester. Prerequisites: University Scholar.
86-499 Honors: Seminar in Psychology 3 cr.
The history and current status of selected problems in psychology will be examined by staff and qualified students. Different topics are considered each semester. Prerequisites: University Scholar.

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