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Psychology

 

Information

 

Jim Koch, Chairperson

Department Office: Clow Faculty 010
Department Telephone: (920) 424-2303

Code 86 or PSYCH

 

Faculty

Chrobak
Groves
Hong
Karst
Knepple-Carney
Koch
Lishner
McCann
Miron
Phillipp-Immel
Olszewska

 

Degrees

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

     1. Goal(s)

  • See the department for a listing of its goal(s).
  • Advising: Psychology majors with fewer than 40 credits are required to meet with a UARC advisor. Majors with 40 or more credits are assigned a Psychology faculty advisor. In the Spring semester, majors are required to meet with their advisor prior to registration for classes and should contact them in advance of their registration date to set up an advising appointment.

     2. The Major(s)

  • The Department offers one major: 1) Psychology.

     3. The Minor(s)

  • The Department offers one minor: 1) Psychology. It is important for students to consult with Department faculty for program and career planning assistance.  Additional information is also provided online at: http://www.uwosh.edu/psychology/undergraduate-studies/advising.
 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Requirements for graduation with a psychology major are:

  • Psychology majors and minors must earn grades of “C” (2.0) or higher in psychology courses in order for the courses to count toward graduation in the major or minor. If a grade lower than a “C” (2.0) is earned in a psychology course, the student may elect to retake the course.
  • Psychology majors and minors must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in any courses which are prerequisites for psychology courses. 

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

 

Required Core Courses

  • Psychology
    • Psychology 101 General Psychology, or 102 General Psychology Ethnic Studies, or 104 General Psychology: Honors, or 110 General Psychology for Majors 3 crs.
    • Psychology 123 Psychology Orientation 3 crs.
    • Psychology 203 Elementary Psychological Statistics 3 crs.
    • Psychology 275 Research Methods 3 crs.
 

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

1. 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 Credits: 36 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, 380, 383, 391
    • Capstone Courses-Choose 1 of the following 3 courses; 3 crs.
      • Psychology 464, 470, 490
  • Electives: The remaining credit hours are electives and can be fulfilled by any Psychology course, including all courses listed under Perspectives in Psychology and Capstone course groups. L&S Career Internships (Interdisciplinary Studies 399; 3 crs., Introduction to Cognitive Science (Philosophy 316; 3 crs.), and Political Psychology (Political Science 329; 3 crs.), may also be counted as elective courses for the Psychology Major.
 

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 Credits: 21 minimum
    • Required Courses:
      • Psychology: Psychology 101 or 102 or 104 or 110; and 203, 275
      • Six credits 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.

 

Course Offerings

Psychology    101

3 (crs.)

General Psychology (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 can only be received for one of the following courses: Psychology 101, 102, 104, or 110.

 

 

Psychology    102Q1

3 (crs.)

General Psychology: Ethnic Studies (ES)(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 can only be received for one of the following courses: Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110. 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 (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. Credit can only be received for one of the following courses: Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110.

 

 

Psychology    110

3 (crs.)

General Psychology for Psychology Majors

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 can only be received for one of the following courses: Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110.

 

 

Psychology    123

3 (crs.)

Psychology Orientation

An introduction to the psychological sciences for students in Psychology. Topics could 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 102Q1, 104, or 110). Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 101, 102Q1, 104, or 110.

 

 

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 offered by other departments typically will not substitute for this course in meeting psychology major or minor requirements.) A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors. Prerequisites: A grade of C (2.0) or better in Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110, and any PBIS or Math that meets the BA requirement (PBIS 187, 188, 189, or Math 109), or Math 104, (or placement at a level higher than Math 104 via the math placement exam), 108, 204, or any Level II math/statistics/computer science course that meets the BS requirement.

 

 

Psychology    211

3 (crs.)

Current Topics in Psychology (XS)

Specific topic to be announced in campus timetable. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102Q1, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    224

3 (crs.)

Psychology of Human Sexuality (XS)

This course explores influences on sexuality and sexual behavior including social factors (cultural interpretations, interpersonal relationships), biological factors (sexual arousal and response, contraception and disease, gene-environment interactions), and psychological factors (developmental, cognitive, and sexual behavior issues). Attention will be given to how these factors intersect to influence our individual and collective sexual lives. Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110.

 

 

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, 102, 104, 110 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    260

3 (crs.)

Psychology of Gender (XS)

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 and Gender Studies 260. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: General Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110; or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    270

3 (crs.)

Psychology of Discrimination (ES)

The use of psychological concepts, principles, and research to enhance understanding of intergroup relations (e.g., race relations) in America. The experience of traditionally marginalized and privileged groups will be examined. Inter-racial and inter-ethnic relations will be used as a springboard to also examine relations from across different genders, physical abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. Topics may include identity formation, prejudice, discrimination, socialization, privilege, and strategies to reduce conflict across difference. SS/ES. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    271

3 (crs.)

Cross-Cultural Psychology (ES)(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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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, 102, 104 or 110 and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 203.

 

 

Psychology    298

1 – 3 (crs.)

Directed Study in Psychology (XS)

Directed reading of the literature in a particular subject, possibly including a research project, under the personal supervision of the instructor. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102Q1, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    302

3 (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, 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, 102, 104 or 110 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    304

3 (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.  Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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 305 and Sociology 321 may not both be counted for credit toward the 120 units (crs.) required for graduation.) Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    307

3 (crs.)

Psychology of Personality

Discussion of major theories and research in personality; may include behavioral, biological, cognitive, dispositional, humanistic, and psychoanalytic perspectives. Students who have taken Psychology 307 may not take Psychology 473. Credit cannot be received for both Psychology 307 and Psychology 473. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102Q1, 104 or 110 with a grade of C or better 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: 6 units (crs.) of psychology to include Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    320

3 (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. A portion of the seats are reserved for psychology majors and minors. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    338

3 (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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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.  Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 102, 104 or 110 and Psychology 203 or equivalent courses in statistics.

 

 

Psychology    360

3 (crs.)

Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

A survey of human development theories and research. Topics include the biological, cognitive, emotional and social development of the individual from the prenatal period through adolescence. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102Q1, 104 or 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, 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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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, 102, 104, 110 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    384

3 (crs.)

Biological Psychology Laboratory

A study of the techniques and experimentation in physiological psychology with a focus on human behavior. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 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. Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    398

3 (crs.)

Theories and Principles of Learning

Discussion and evaluation of major concepts, theories, principles and research findings in learning.  Prerequisites: Psych 101, 102, 104, 110, or consent of instructor.

 

 

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 or consent of instructor.

 

 

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 6 units (crs.) of INTRDSCP 399, PSYCH 446, PSYCH 456, PSYCH 474, or PSYCH 480 may be counted toward the minimum unit (cr.) requirement of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisites: 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 or consent of instructor.

 

 

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. Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275 or consent of instructor. 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 6 units (crs.) of (A maximum of 6 units (crs.) of INTRDSCP 399, PSYCH 446, PSYCH 456, PSYCH 474, or PSYCH 480 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.  Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275 or consent of instructor.

 

 

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.

 

 

Psychology    473

3 (crs.)

Personality and Individual Differences

Covers theory and research on differences in the organization of mental processes and behavior across individuals. Students who have taken Psychology 307 may not take Psychology 473. Credit cannot be received for both Psychology 307 and Psychology 473. Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of Psychology and Psychology 275 or consent of instructor.

 

 

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 Dean of the University Honors College regarding requirements. (A maximum of 6 units (crs.) of INTRDSCP 399, PSYCH 446, PSYCH 456, PSYCH 474, or PSYCH 480 may be counted toward the minimum unit (cr.) requirement of any Psychology major or minor.) Prerequisites: The Honors College, Junior standing, and 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 275 and consent of instructor. Maximum of 6 units (credits). Pass/Fail course.

 

 

Psychology    480

1 – 6 (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 6 units (crs.).  (A maximum of 6 units (crs.) of INTRDSCP 399, PSYCH 446, PSYCH 456, PSYCH 474, or PSYCH 480 may be counted toward the minimum unit (cr.) requirement of any Psychology major or minor.) 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

This course explores the roles of scientific inquiry and psychological principles (cognitive, behavioral, and social) in the practice of clinical psychology as means of furthering knowledge and human welfare. Attention will be given to evidence based practices and non-specific factors common to treatments. Additional topics may include professional issues, access and availability of mental health treatment, and the use of assessments in diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: 20 units (credits) of psychology to include Psychology 303 or instructor consent.

 

 

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 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Psychology    498

3 (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.