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Psychology

Information

Information

David Lishner, Chairperson

Department Office: Clow Faculty 11
Department Telephone: (920) 424-2301

Code 86 or PSYCH

Faculty

Faculty

Chow Lishner
Chrobak McCann
Hong Miron
Karst Tan
Koch Winterrowd

Degrees

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 Cognitive and Affective Sciences leading to the Master of Science degree. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • See the department for a listing of its goal(s).

    • Advising: Psychology majors with fewer than 40 credits will be assigned an adviser in the UARC. Majors with 40 or more credits are assigned a Psychology faculty adviser. Majors are required to meet with their adviser prior to registration for classes and should contact their adviser in advance of their registration date to set up an advising appointment.

    • Student handbooks for majors and minors are available from the Department Office and at www.uwosh.edu/psychology.

  2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers one major: 1) Psychology 
      The Department offers a choice of two emphases within the Psychology major: 1) Healthcare - Business, and 2) Healthcare - Science.

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers two minors: 1) Psychology, and 2) Psychology - Secondary Education

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Requirements of graduation with a psychology major are:

  • Psychology majors and minors 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 and minors must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher in any courses which are prerequisite for another course.

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

Formal Admission to the major. Students are formally admitted to the major by satisfying the following requirements for Psychology 299:

  • Completion of 48 or more college units (crs.).

  • Completion of the following courses (or equivalents for transfer students) with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better:

    • Psychology 101 or 102, 104 or 110

    • Psychology 123

    • Psychology 203

    • English 101 or 110 or WBIS 188

    • Mathematics 104, 108 or 204. PBIS 187, 188, 189 or Mathematics 204 may be substituted for Mathematics 104

    • Any two science courses that meet General Education BA or BS requirements.

    • Completion of at least nine units (crs.) of psychology (with a minimum of six units (crs.) taken at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh).

Students should submit the Psychology 299 form with a current STAR attached to the department office (CF 29). If all requirements for Psychology 299 have been met, the Academic Department Associate will register the student for Psychology 299. At the completion of that academic term, students will receive a P (Pass), formally admitting them to the major. Appeals to the chairperson's decision will be acted upon by the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, whose decision will be final.

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.

Appeals and waivers to the above rules may be directed to the department chairperson for review.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • Psychology

    • Psychology 101 General Psychology or 102, or 86-104 Honors: General Psychology, or 86-110 General Psychology for majors  3 crs.

    • Psychology 123 Psychology Orientation 2 cr.

    • Psychology 203 Elementary Psychological Statistics 3 cr.

    • Psychology 299 Admission to Psychology Major 0 cr.

    • Psychology 275 Research Methods 5 cr.

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

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Psychology 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:

    • Perspectives in Psychology-Choose 4 of the following 5 courses; 12 crs.

      • Psychology 302 or 303, 305, 383, 390, 391

    • Capstone Courses-Choose 1 of the following 3 courses; 3 crs.

      • Psychology 464, 470, 490

  • Electives: The remaining unit (cr.) hours are electives and can be fulfilled by any Psychology course, including all courses listed under Perspectives in Psychology and Capstone course groups. Interdisciplinary Studies 399, L & S Career Internships (3 cr.) and Philosophy 316, Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 cr.) may also be counted as elective courses for the Psychology Major.

    A. Healthcare - Business Emphasis 

    Recommended for students seeking a broad background in the biological and social sciences related to Healthcare, combined with business essentials. The Honors version of any course may be substituted. See a Healthcare adviser for General Education recommendations in support of this emphasis.

    • Required Units (crs.): 80 minimum

    • Required courses:

      • Psychology: Psychology 101 or 102 or 104 or 110, 203, 220, 275, 367, 383 (Note: Psychology 123 is not required, Biology 112 is required-see below).

      • Three courses from the following list:

        • Psychology 303, 305, 380, 391, 464, 470 or 490

      • Psychology: Psychology 123, 446, 474, 480 or Interdisciplinary 399 (must be related to Healthcare)

      • Math: Math 171 or 204 and 206

      • Biology: Biology 105, 211 or 308, 212, 323

      • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106

      • Business: Business 198, 204, 311, 351, 361

      • Two of the following courses: Business 320, 331, 341, 371, Economics 204 
        NOTE: Maximum of six Business credits per semester are allowed.

    B. Healthcare - Science Emphasis 

    Recommended for students seeking a rigorous undergraduate program in the biological and social sciences related to Healthcare, particularly if graduate education is desired. The Honors version of any course may be substituted. See a Healthcare adviser for General Education recommendations in support of this emphasis.

    • Required Units (crs.): 74 minimum

    • Required courses:

      • Psychology: Psychology 101 or 102 or 104 or 110; and 203, 220, 275, 367, 383 (Note: Psychology 123 is not required, Biology 112 is required-see below).

      • Three courses from the following list:

        • Psychology 303, 305, 380, 391, 464, 470 or 490

      • Psychology: Psychology 446, 474, 480 or Interdisciplinary 399 (must be related to Healthcare)

      • Math: Math 171 or 204 and 206

      • Biology: Biology 105, 112, 211 or 308, 212 or 319, 323

      • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106, 235, 303, 335

      The Minor(s)

      The 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 or 102 or Psychology 104 or 110; and 203, 275

          • Six units (crs.) from the Perspectives in Psychology group.

        • 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 athttp:www.uwosh.edu/psychology

      2. Psychology - Secondary Education Minor
        Recommended for students who seek a license as a secondary school (grades 7-12) teacher.

        • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

        • Required Courses:

          • Psychology: Psychology 101 or 102 or Psychology 104 or 110; and 203, 220, 275, 303, 383.

        • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the 21 credits required for the minor.

        • Prerequisites: See course offerings to determinate course prerequisite.

      Course Offering(s)

      Course Offering(s)

      Psychology   101                                           3 (crs.)

      General Psychology (SS) (XS)

      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. Students must complete a course research requirement. Credit cannot be received for Psychology 101 and 102 and 110 or Psychology 102 or 104.

       

       

      Psychology   102                                           3 (crs.)

      General Psychology: Ethnic Studies (ES) (SS) (XS)

      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. Students must complete a course research requirement. Credit cannot be received for Psychology 101 and 102 and 110 or Psychology 102 or 104. This course will focus on the intercultural knowledge and competence question and counts toward the Ethnic Studies Requirement.

       

       

      Psychology   104                                           3 (crs.)

      Honors: General Psychology (SS) (XS)

      A general psychology course for University Honors program. Students must complete a course research requirement. Prerequisite: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

       

       

      Psychology   110                                           3 (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. Students must complete a course research requirement. Credit cannot be received for Psychology 101 and 102 and 110 or Psychology 102 or 104.

       

       

      Psychology   123                                           2 (crs.)

      Psychology Orientation

      An introduction to the psychological sciences for students declaring or considering a major in Psychology. Discussion topics will include: current employment opportunities for people with a bachelor's degree in psychology; undergraduate research in psychology professional ethics, style requirements for psychology papers, planning to graduate in four years (course selection, research experience, internships); and an introduction to department faculty, their research programs and department facilities. It is recommended it be taken concurrently or shortly after Psychology 101 (or 104 or 110). Biology 112 will substitute for Psychology 123 for Psychology majors enrolled in the Healthcare-Science or Healthcare-Business emphases. Prerequisites: Enrollment is limited to students with 45 or fewer credits or consent of the instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   203                                           3 (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.) A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors. Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and PBIS 187, 188, 189, Mathematics  104  with a grade of C or better, or placement at a level higher than Math 104 via the math placement examination.

       

       

      Psychology   220                                           3 (crs.)

      Health Psychology (SS)

      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. A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors and minors. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   224                                           3 (crs.)

      Psychology of Human Sexuality (SS)(XS)

      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   225                                           1-3 (crs.)

      Psychology Field Study

      Formal library (e.g. reading, use of data bases) and classroom study of selected areas followed by field study, often in remote locations. Sensitivity for host cultures and/or special populations and ethical responsibility during data collection emphasized. Information on specific trips, fees, transportation and expenses are announced each time the course is scheduled. May be retaken with change of topic. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104, 110 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   260                                           3 (crs.)

      Psychology of Gender (XS) (SS)

      Study of the psychological theories and research concerning gender in and across cultures. Topics, as they relate to gender, include language and communication, physical and mental development and health over the lifespan, work relationships, education, sexuality, power and the media. Cross-listed: Psychology 260/Women's Studies 260. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: General Psychology 101, 104 or 110; or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   271                                           3 (crs.)

      Cross-Cultural Psychology (ES) (SS) (XS)

      Study of contemporary psychological theories and research concerning similarities and differences across cultures. Emphasis on cultural, ethnic and racial groups within the United States. Topics include ethnocentrism, stereotypes, prejudice, psychological processes across cultures and cross-cultural interactions. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110 with a grade of C or better.

       

       

      Psychology   275                                           3 (crs.)

      Research Methods

      Introduction to the principles of research design and methodology as they apply to the study of psychological processes and behavior. Topics include: Ethics in research, measurement, experimental and non-experimental research design. Students will participate in the analysis and presentation of data. Prerequisites Psychology 101, 104 or 110, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 203. Non-majors may enroll with consent of the instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   299                                           0 (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

       

       

      Psychology   302                                           3 (crs.)

      Honors: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior (SS)

      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, prior or concurrent enrollment in Honors 175, or consent of instructor. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

       

       

      Psychology   303                                           3 (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. A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors and minors. Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 104 or 110 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   304                                           3 (crs.)

      Psychology of Religion (SS)

      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   305                                           3 (crs.)

      Social Psychology

      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 120 units (crs.) required for graduation.) Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 275 (Criminal Justice 343 may be substituted), or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   310                                           3 (crs.)

      Comparative Psychology

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

       

       

      Psychology   331                                           3 (crs.)

      Infant and Child Development (SS)

      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 (crs.)

      Adult Development and Aging (SS)

      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: Psychology 338/Women's Studies 338. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   341                                           3 (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 (crs.)

      Psychology of Adolescence (SS)

      A study of the facts, principles and theories of adolescent behavior; emphasis upon practical applications. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   363                                           3 (crs.)

      Industrial and Organizational Psychology

      A survey of the facts, principles and theories of industrial and organization psychology. Topics include employee selection and evaluation, training, leadership and work-related attitudes. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104, or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   367                                           3 (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: Six units (crs.) of psychology or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   380                                           3 (crs.)

      Cognitive Psychology

      A survey course that examines how people process information. Topics include perception, attention, short and long-term memory, spoken and written language comprehension, concept formation and artificial intelligence. The course emphasizes cognitive neuroscience and introduces students to brain scanning techniques and functional imaging data. In-class exercises demonstrate basic research methods. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104, or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   383                                           3 (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 completion of one year of laboratory biology.

       

       

      Psychology   384                                           3 (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, and one year of laboratory biology. (2+6)

       

       

      Psychology   390                                           3 (crs.)

      Sport Psychology (SS)

      This course, designed around interactive discussions, explores the developing relationship between the fields of psychology and athletic activity. It examines professional issues such as the certification and services for athletes and techniques used in treatment and maximizing performance. Other topics include athlete characteristics, both mental and physical, current advances in sport science and the societal perceptions and issues surrounding athletics. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104, or 110 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Psychology   391                                           3 (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. A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors and minors. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   398                                           3 (crs.)

      Theories and Principles of Learning

      Discussion and evaluation of major concepts, theories, principles and research findings in learning.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104 or 110.

       

       

      Psychology   411                                           3 (crs.)

      Psychometrics

      The construction and use of tests in the assessment and prediction of human behavior.  Prerequisite: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

       

       

      Psychology   446                                           1-3 (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 six 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 with GPA of 3.0 or higher and 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

       

       

      Psychology   451                                           3 (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: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

       

       

      Psychology   455                                           3 (crs.)

      Sensation and Perception

      This course examines the sensory organs, neural mechanisms and cognitive processes involved in human visual and auditory perception. Topics include color vision, the perception of form and depth, motion, visual and auditory illusions, speech perception, and auditory space perception. In-class demonstrations are incorporated to illustrate perceptual phenomena. An overriding theme is the neural basis of perceptual processes. Prerequisite: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275. These prerequisites will be waived for Neuroscience's minors who are not Psychology majors.

       

       

      Psychology   456                                           1-3 (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 six 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 with GPA of 3.0 or higher and 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

       

       

      Psychology   464                                           3 (crs.)

      History of Psychology

      An integrative course, 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: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

       

       

      Psychology   470                                           3 (crs.)

      Research in Psychology

      Design and completion of a research project including literature review, data collection, analysis and interpretation and the writing of a research report. Also includes basic coverage of research ethics, research protocol procedures and American Psychological Association style manuscript preparation. Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of psychology and a grade of B or better in both Psych 203 and Psychology 275 or consent of instructor. (2+2)

       

       

      Psychology   473                                           3 (crs.)

      Theories of Personality (SS)

      An intensive study and comparison of the modern theories of personality development such as: Freud, Jung, Erikson, Horney, Rogers, Maslow and Skinner, and Dollard and Miller. Prerequisite: 20 units (credits) of Psychology 275. These prerequisites may be waived for students minoring in Neuroscience who are not Psychology majors. 473/673

       

       

      Psychology   474                                           1-6 (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. Prerequisites: University Honors program, Junior standing, and 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275. Maximum of six units (credits). Pass/Fail course.

       

       

      Psychology   480                                           2-5 (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 five units (crs.). Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of Psychology to include Psychology 275 and consent of instructor.  (0+4 to 10)

       

       

      Psychology   481                                           3 (crs.)

      Practices in Clinical Psychology

      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: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 303.

       

       

      Psychology   490                                           1-3 (crs.)

      Special Topics

      A psychology course on a topic not regularly taught in the Department's curriculum or advanced treatment of existing course content. Students may take the course twice with different content. Descriptions of the course will be available in the psychology Department office at the beginning of the semester prior to the one when the course is offered. Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275.

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