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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
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Degree and Programs Offered:
Major - Psychology
Minors – Psychology, Health Psychology
Certificates - Human Measurement and Research, Mental Health Skills, Neuroscience
Up-to-date information can be found on the Psychology Department website.
The psychology major provides a broadly based education in the content, methods, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. The required courses in the major expose students to the traditional important subject areas of psychology. The elective courses in the major allow students the flexibility to pursue their own interests and goals.
Students who are considering psychology as a major should speak with a psychology adviser early in their education. This will allow them to develop a long-range plan that best meets their educational and career goals. Students whose interests are in the social service and mental health areas should consider the Certificate in Mental Health Skills. Students whose interests are in research or human measurement should consider the Certificate in Human Measurement and Research. Students with interests in graduate school in psychological neuroscience should consider the certificate in neuroscience.
Students who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology or a related field should discuss this with their adviser as early as possible to develop a plan of study that will prepare them for graduate school. These students should plan to take more than the minimum 39 credits in psychology required for the major. They are also encouraged to complete at least one of the three certificates and to participate in PSYC 410 Externship or PSYC 499 Independent Study under the guidance of a member of the department.
Students majoring in psychology may be eligible for membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Psychology Club is a student organization that sponsors activities of broad interest to psychology students (e.g., workshops on graduate school and discussions of employment opportunities). Contact Dr. Gurtman for information about how to join Psi Chi and/or the Psychology Club.
Program Level Outcomes
The Psychology Department has four major learning goals we expect our students to attain. They are:
Requirements for Admission to the Psychology Major
Students must have 15 credits overall and a passing grade in PSYC 101-Introduction to Psychological Science in order to be eligible for entrance into the major.
To earn a bachelor of science with a major in psychology, students must meet all university requirements for the degree, all requirements for the major (see below), and have a minimum 2.50 GPA in all of their psychology course work (including transfer credits).
Requirements for the Psychology Minor (21 credits)
The minor program offers an organized curriculum for students who wish to develop a core understanding of psychology. The minor is not meant for students whose primary interest is the study of psychology. Instead, it is a complement to other fields of study where knowledge of psychology and its methods would be beneficial
Requirements for the Health Psychology Minor (24 credits)
The Psychology Department offers a new minor in Health Psychology. The program was developed in combination and consultation with the Collaborative Nursing program and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Although open to all students, the program is targeted to students pursuing Nursing, and the curriculum is designed to coordinate with the three-year pre-nursing track.
Requirements for the Mental Health Skills Certificate (18 credits)
The certificate program in mental health skills is an innovative program designed to teach students the kinds of applied skills necessary for successful entry-level employment in clinical settings.
Requirements for the Human Measurement and Research Certificate (12 credits)
The objective of the certificate in human measurement and research is to involve students in human measurement and research, including dissemination of findings. This training is of value to individuals working in careers that involve measurement and/or require empirical skills, including clinical, social, cognitive, aptitude or other forms of assessment (e.g., counseling), behavioral prediction (e.g., insurance actuary), opinion or other polling (e.g., human resource management, market research). It is also of great importance to students seeking graduate training as the skills acquired in this certificate are highly valued by most graduate programs.
The 12 credits in the required courses need to be passed with a minimum average GPA of 3.0.
Requirement for Admission to the Neuroscience Certificate
Before enrolling in the certificate, students must pass BIOS 101 with a B- or better.
Requirements for the Neuroscience Certificate (16-17 credits)
The certificate in neuroscience is a rigorous program designed to 1. provide students with a comprehensive background in how psychological processes are produced by the brain and 2. train students to critically evaluate neuroscience research reports in psychology and to generate and effectively communicate their own research plans. The certificate is an innovative program designed to prepare students for graduate programs in psychological neuroscience.
All courses that apply toward completion of the certificate must be passed with a minimum GPA of 3.0.