UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

PSYCHOLOGY



Susan McFadden, Chairperson
Department Office: Clow Faculty 29
Department Telephone: 920-424-2300

Code 86 or PSYCH

I. FACULTY

Adams, Ansfield, Horner, Jex, Koch, McCann, McFadden, Perlman, Rauscher, Stetter

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Psychology can lead to the degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

Graduate: The Psychology Department offers graduate study with emphases in General Experimental Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology leading to the Master of Science degree. For specifics please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. THE GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of its goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The Department offers one major: 1) Psychology

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Department offers two minors: 1) Psychology 2) Psychology - Secondary Education

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Completion of the requirements for a psychology major will not be sufficient for graduation without formal admission to the major. Students will be admitted to the program upon completion of the following requirements:
  • Completion of 48 or more college units (crs.).
  • Completion of the following courses (or equivalents for transfer students) with a grade of C or better:
  • Psychology 101, 104 or 110
  • Psychology 203
  • English 101 or 110 with a ?C? or better
  • Mathematics 104,108 or 204. Mathemantics 204 may be substituted for Mathematics 104
  • Biology 105 and 106 or 230, 231 or 233; or Chemistry 101 and 102, or 105 and 106; or Physics/Astronomy 107 and 108, or 109 and 110
  • Completion of at least 9 units (crs.) of psychology (with a minimum of 6 units (crs.) taken at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh).

Application will be made by submission of the appropriate form to the Psychology Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Appeals will be acted upon by the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, whose decision will be final.

Prerequisites: Psychology Majors must obtain grades of "C" (2.0) or higher in psychology courses in order for the courses to count toward graduation in the major. If a grade lower than a "C" (2.0) is received in a psychology course, the student may elect to retake the course (limited to one retake).

Psychology Majors must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher in any courses which are prerequisite for another course. For example, Psychology 203, Elementary Psychological Statistics, must be completed with a "C" or higher before a student can enroll in Psychology 371, Experimental Psychology.

External prerequisite courses such as Mathematics 104, College Algebra I, or Mathematics 108, College Algebra and Trigonometry, which are required for Psychology 203, Elementary Psychological Statistics, must be passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.

Take special note of the requirements for admission to the Psychology major Psychology 299.
Appeals and waivers to the above rules may be directed to the department chair who will, in turn, forward them to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for review.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Psychology
  • Psychology 101 General Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 203 Elementary Psychological Statistics 3 cr.
  • Psychology 299 Admission to Psychology Major 0 cr.
  • Psychology 303 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3 cr.
  • Psychology 371 Experimental Psychology 5 cr.
  • Psychology 464 History of Psychology 3 cr.
Course Substitutions:
  • Psychology 104 or 110 can be substituted for Psychology 101.
  • Psychology 302 can be substituted for 303.

Comments:
These courses satisfy the General Education Requirements: Social Science: Psychology 101, 104, 110, 205.

Students are encouraged to elect additional courses in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. A student handbook is available in the Psychology office and at http://socsci.uwosh.edu. It is important for students to consult with Department faculty for program and career planning assistance.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. PSYCHOLOGY - LIBERAL ARTS EMPHASIS MAJOR
Recommended for students who seek a liberal arts preparation for employment in business, industry, or human service agencies, or wish to prepare for professional or graduate school.

Required Units (crs.): 35 minimum

Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • 6 unit (cr.) hours from the Social Developmental course content area
  • 6 unit (cr.) hours from the Experimental course content area.

Electives: The remaining unit (cr.) hours are electives and can be fulfilled by any course included in Groups 1 - 3.

Course Content Areas:

Group I: Social-Developmental Psychology Area (Minimum of 6 unit (cr.) hours required)
  • Psychology 205 Social Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 291 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 304 Psychology of Religion 3 cr.
  • Psychology 324 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 cr.
  • Psychology 331 Infant and Child Development 3 cr.
  • Psychology 338 Adult Development and Aging 3 cr.
  • Psychology 355 Psychology of Adolescence 3 cr.
  • Psychology 473 Theories of Personality 3 cr.

Group 2: Experimental Psychology Area (Minimum of 6 unit (cr.) hours required)
  • Psychology 280 Cognitive Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 310 Comparative Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 341 Intermediate Psychological Statistics 3 cr.
  • Psychology 367 Psychopharmacology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 383 Biological Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 384 Biological Psychology Laboratory 2 cr.
  • Psychology 455 Sensation and Perception 3 cr.
  • Psychology 463 Theories and Principles of Learning 3 cr.
  • Psychology 480 Advanced Research in Psychology 2-5 cr.
  • Psychology 495 Psychology Research Seminar 1 cr.

Group 3:Electives (applicable to the Psychology major)
  • Psychology 220 Health Psychology 3 cr
  • Psychology 363 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 411 Introduction to Psychological Testing 3 cr.
  • Psychology 440 Human Factors/Ergonomics 3 cr.
  • Psychology 446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
  • Psychology 451 Seminar in Applied Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
  • Psychology 474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
  • Psychology Education 480 Introduction to Counseling 3 cr.
  • Psychology 481 Introduction to Counseling 3 cr.
  • Psychology 498 Honors: Seminar in Psychology 3 cr.
  • Psychology 499 Honors: Seminars in Psychology 3 cr.
  • Philosophy 316 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3 cr.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 399 L & S Career Internships 3 cr.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. PSYCHOLOGY MINOR
Recommended for students who wish to select courses related to their major and career objectives and/or for personal interest and development.

Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Psychology: Psychology 101, Psychology 104 or 110; Psychology 203; and 3 units (crs.) from Group 1, 3 units (crs.) from Group 2.

Electives: Any other courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement (21 credits).

Prerequisites: See course offerings to determine course prerequisite.

Comment:
A Student Handbook for Psychology Minors is available from the Department Office and at http://socsci.uwosh.edu

2. PSYCHOLOGY - SECONDARY EDUCATION MINOR
Recommended for students who seek a license as a secondary school (grades 7-12) teacher.

Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Psychology: Psychology 101, Psychology 104 or 110; Psychology 205; 303; 371; 464

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement; Psychology 203 is recommended (prerequisite to Psychology 371).

Prerequisites: See course offerings to determinate course prerequisite.
Comment:
A student Handbook for Psychology Majors is available from the Department Office and at http://socsci.uwosh.edu

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Psychology 101 3 units (crs.)
General Psychology (SS)
A beginning course in psychology designed to provide an understanding of contemporary approaches to human behavior and to lay the foundation for additional work in psychology.

Psychology 104 3 units (crs.)
Honors: General Psychology (SS)
A general psychology course for University Honors program.

Psychology 110 3 units (crs.)
General Psychology for Psychology Majors (SS)
A beginning course in psychology designed to provide an understanding of contemporary approaches to human behavior and to lay the foundation for additional work in psychology. This course should be taken by students anticipating a major in Psychology. Credit cannot be received for both Psychology 101 and 110 or Psychology 104 and 110.

Psychology 203 3 units (crs.)
Elementary Psychological Statistics
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 Psychology 203 and Sociology 281 may not be counted toward units (crs.) required for graduation.) Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110; and Mathematics 104, 108 or Placement Test for Mathematics 171 or higher.

Psychology 205 3 units (crs.)
Social Psychology (SS)
Principles of human interaction as a function of the social setting. Topics include measurements of attitudes, propaganda, group behavior, and leadership. (Psychology 205 and Sociology 321 may not both be counted for credit toward the 128 units (crs.) required for graduation.) Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 220 3 units (crs.)
Health Psychology
A study of psychological and environmental factors in the cause, treatment, and prevention of disease; including history, research methodology, theory, and the role of health psychologists in influencing contemporary health care practices. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 280 3 units (crs.)
Cognitive Psychology
An introduction to the area of cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology pertains to thinking and information processing. Topics may include memory, imagery, problem solving, language, reasoning, attention, and cognitive development. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 291 3 units (crs.)
Developmental Psychology
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 developmental trends. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 299 0 units (crs.)
Admission to Major
Approval for enrollment certifies that a student has been admitted to the major in Psychology. Approval for admission to the major will not be granted until all the prerequisites have been completed. 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. See Section IV. Pass/Fail course.

Psychology 302 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
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. It is recommended that students undertake a volunteer experience in the mental health field while taking this course. Prerequisite: University Honors status, Psychology 101, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

Psychology 303 3 units (crs.)
Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
A description and interpretation of behavior types considered deviant and/or maladaptive. Various methods of treatment including psychotherapy are considered. Prerequisite: 9 units (crs.) of psychology to include Psychology 101, 104 or 110 or consent of instructor. 303/503

Psychology 304 3 units (crs.)
Psychology of Religion
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 310 3 units (crs.)
Comparative Psychology
A survey of the concepts and techniques used in the comparative analysis of animal behavior. Prerequisite: 6 units (crs.) of psychology to include Psychology 101, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

Psychology 324 3 units (crs.)
Psychology of Human Sexuality
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 unit (cr.) hours of psychology to include Psychology 101, 104 or 110, or 6 units (crs.) with consent of instructor.

Psychology 331 3 units (crs.)
Infant and Child Development
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

Psychology 338 3 units (crs.)
Adult Development and Aging
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110. Cross-listed: Psychology 338/Women's Studies 338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Psychology 341 3 units (crs.)
Intermediate Psychological Statistics
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and Psychology 203 or equivalent courses in statistics.

Psychology 355 3 units (crs.)
Psychology of Adolescence
A study of the facts, principles, and theories of adolescent behavior; emphasis upon practical applications. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 363 3 units (crs.)
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 367 3 units (crs.)
Psychopharmacology
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 units (crs.) of psychology and consent of instructor. 367/567

Psychology 371 5 units (crs.)
Experimental Psychology
The principles and practices in the design, performance, and interpretation of experiments. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and Psychology 203, or consent of department chairperson. (3+4)

Psychology 383 3 units (crs.)
Biological Psychology
An overview of how physiological processes regulate behavior with a focus on neuroanatomical organization and neurochemical events that mediate human activity. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and Psychology 203, and completion of one year of laboratory biology.

Psychology 384 3 units (crs.)
Biological Psychology Laboratory
A study of the techniques and experimentation in physiological psychology with a focus on human behavior. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, Psychology 383 (may be taken concurrently) and one year of laboratory biology. (2+6)

Psychology 411 1-3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Psychological Testing
The construction and use of tests in the assessment and prediction of human behavior. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and Psychology 203.

Psychology 440 3 units (crs.)
Human Factors/Ergonomics
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, Psychology 203, and 363 or equivalent courses.

Psychology 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (A maximum of 6 units (crs.) of independent study or related readings in psychology may be counted toward the minimum unit (cr.) requirement of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisite: Junior standing and GPA of 3.0 or above.

Psychology 451 3 units (crs.)
Seminar in Applied Psychology
Review of personnel selection, development, assessment; introduction to engineering psychology, consumer psychology, psychology and social interaction; relationship with other professions. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and consent of instructor.

Psychology 455 3 units (crs.)
Sensation and Perception
A general discussion of the phenomenological and physiological principles and theories of sensation and perception. Prerequisite: 9 units (crs.) of psychology to include Psychology 101, 104 or 110. 455/655

Psychology 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (A maximum of 6 units (crs.) of independent study or related readings in psychology may be counted toward the minimum unit (cr.) requirement of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisite: Junior standing and GPA of 3.0 or above.

Psychology 463 3 units (crs.)
Theories and Principles of Learning
Discussion and evaluation of major concepts, theories, principles and research findings in learning. Prerequisite: 9 units (crs.) of psychology including Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

Psychology 464 3 units (crs.)
History of Psychology
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. Prerequisite: 15 units (crs.) of psychology including Psychology 299, 371 and either Psychology 303 or 473 or consent of department chairperson. 464/664

Psychology 473 3 units (crs.)
Theories of Personality
An intensive study and comparison of the modern theories of personality development such as: Freud, Jung, Erickson, Horney, Rogers, Maslow and Skinner, and Dollard and Miller. Prerequisite: 9 units (crs.) of psychology. 473/673

Psychology 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors Thesis
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 Honors program regarding requirements. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).
Psychology 480 2-5 units (crs.)
Advanced Research in Psychology
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. Units (crs.) for this course can be taken incrementally over two terms, not to exceed a total of 5 units (crs.). Prerequisite: Psychology 371 and consent of instructor. (0+4 to 10)

Psychology 481 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Counseling
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.’ Prerequisite: Senior standing and Psychology 303. 481/681

Psychology 495 1 unit (cr.)
Psychology Research Seminar
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. Prerequisite: Grade of A or B in Psychology 371 and consent of instructor.

Psychology 498 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Seminar in Psychology
The history and current status of selected problems in psychology will be examined by staff and qualified students. Different topics are considered each term. Prerequisite: University Honors status or consent of instructor.

Psychology 499 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Seminar in Psychology
The history and current status of selected problems in psychology will be examined by staff and qualified students. Different topics are considered each term. Prerequisite: University Honors status or consent of instructor.
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