2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Psychology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements

(All colleges)

42 credits - Select courses as listed in the following twelve categories. Additional credits completed within a category, after the required credits, can be used as elective credits in categories XI (if 200 or 300 level) or XII (if 400 level). STAT 145 is required as part of the 42 credits.

The department strongly recommends that all psychology students take the required course of PSY 331 late in their sophomore year or early in their junior year. Once students have declared psychology as a major, they should plan on at least four semesters to complete the sequence of courses necessary for graduation with a psychology major. The four semester timeline does not include the time it takes to complete general education credits or credits necessary for a minor. We also recommend that students seriously consider taking PSY 200 early in their psychology careers and that students consider volunteer work and/or fieldwork as an important part of their psychological training. The psychology major provides solid training in the liberal arts and in research methods.

Students must complete the psychology milestones and declare the psychology major in order to enroll in key major courses that are prerequisites to other courses.

I. General psychology
PSY 100General Psychology (required course) 13
(PSY 200 is strongly recommended in addition to the required PSY 100)
II. Developmental
PSY 212Lifespan Development3
III. Social
PSY 241Social Psychology3
IV. Psychopathology
PSY 204Abnormal Psychology3
V. Experimental and research methods
STAT 145Elementary Statistics 14
PSY 331Experimental Psychology: Lecture and Laboratory4
PSY 451Psychological Measurement3
or PSY 420 Advanced Research Methods
VI. Multicultural
Select one of the following:3
Cross-Cultural Psychology 1
Culture and Mental Health 1
Multicultural Counseling
Racism and Oppression
Prejudice and Stigma
VII. Application courses
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Issues: Applied Psychology
Behavior Modification
Health Psychology
Group Dynamics
Empathic Listening Skills
The Practice of Art Therapy
Educational Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychology and Law
Nature and Forest Therapy
VIII. Cognition
Select one of the following:3
Children's Cognition
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Processes
Psychology of Language
IX. Biological bases of behavior
Select one of the following:3
Cognitive Neuroscience
The Study of Consciousness
Clinical Neuropsychology
Sensation and Perception
Genes and Behavior
X. Experiential
Select at least one credit of the following: 21
Research Apprenticeship
Volunteer Experience in Psychology
Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology
Fieldwork Experience in Psychology: Undergraduate Internship
Individual Projects in Psychology
Honors Projects in Psychology
Appraising Psychology Seminar
XI. General electives
Select three credits from the following (or any additional 200-300 level PSY credits from above):3
Orientation to the Psychology Major
Effective Behavior
Girls and Women in Sport
Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Beginner
Theory of Knowledge
Human Sexuality
Intimate Relationships
Child Abuse and Neglect
Psychology of Women 1
Men and Masculinities
Human Motivation
Philosophy of Mind
The Practice of Art Therapy
Infancy and Childhood
Aging and the Elderly
Cross Cultural Human Development
Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Intermediate
XII. Advanced electives
Select one of the following (or any additional 400 level PSY credits from above): 3
Advanced Psychopathology
Counseling and Personality Theories
Positive Psychology
Children's Cognition
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Death, Grief, and Bereavement
Addictive Behaviors
Advanced Social Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
Honors Seminar
Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Advanced
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Total Credits42

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literature emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society (PSY Cat I))3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science 4CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4
Gen Ed World Hist3Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Arts2
 15 15
Year 2
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems/Language3-4PSY 204 (PSY Cat IV)3
PSY 212 (Cat II)3Gen Ed Elective3
PSY 2001PSY Cat XI: General PSY Elective3
CASSH Core Course3University Elective3
PSY 241 (PSY Cat III)3 
 16 15
Year 3
Minor Course3PSY Cat VIII: Cognition3
CASSH Core Course (Natural Lab Science)4Minor Course3
PSY Cat X: Experiential1CASSH Core Diversity Course3
PSY Cat VII: Application 3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
PSY 331 (PSY Cat V)4PSY Cat VI Multicultural3
 15 15
Year 4
Gen Ed-Hum Lit3CASSH Core Course (not PSY)3
Minor Course3PSY 451 or 420 (PSY Cat V)3
University Elective3PSY Cat XII: Advanced Elective3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Minor Course3
PSY Cat IX: Biological Bases of Behavior3University Elective2
 15 14
Total Credits: 120
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