prereqs

Human Anatomy and Physiology: 

  • Two 4 credit courses
  • 1 sem. of anatomy AND 1 sem. of physiology; OR a 2 sem. sequence of combined anatomy & physiology
  • The two courses must each contain a lab component
  • The two courses must cover the majority of the following: a comprehensive study of physiological principles, membrane physiology, body fluid compartments, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and urinary systems of the human body.
  • UW-L:  BIO 312 & BIO 313
  • Prereq Approval Form - Anatomy & Physiology (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Physics:

  • 4 credits
  • 1 sem. of physics with lab
  • An acceptable physics course must be math based (studies physics concepts using algebra and trigonometry, or calculus), and it must also cover the majority of the following topics: matter, motion, energy, thermodynamics, waves, light, and electricity.
  • UW-L:  PHY 125 preferred.  PHY 103 or PHY 104 acceptable.
  • Prereq Approval Form - Physics (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Statistics or Principles of Research:

  • 3-4 credits
  • 1  sem.
  •  An acceptable course should cover the majority of the following: descriptive statistics, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, along with an introduction to z, t, F, chi-square test statistics, computer use, and statistics software.
  • UW-L:  MTH 145
  • Prereq Approval Form - Stats (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Life Span Development:

  • 3 credits
  • 1 sem.
  •  An acceptable course will emphasize the historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to human development.  It should include psychological principles, concepts, historical and recent research for areas of prenatal, cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development.
  • UW-L:  PSY 210 or PSY 212 (Psych majors and Dual Degree Majors take PSY 210)
  • Prereq Approval Form - Life Span Dev. (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Abnormal Psychology:

  • 3 credits
  • 1 sem. 
  • The course needs to study the majority of the following: clinical descriptions, biopsychosocial causes and the associated treatments of psychological disorders with special emphasis on mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and assessment and diagnosis.
  • UW-L:  PSY 304
  • Prereq Approval Form - Abnormal Psych (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Sociology or Anthropology:

  • 3 credits
  • 1 sem. 
  • An acceptable course needs to cover the majority of the following: the role of socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and diversity factors and lifestyle choices in contemporary society.
  • UW-L course:  Numerous choices, including: SOC 110, SOC 120, SOC 202, SOC 225, ANT 101, ANT 202, ANT 203
  • Prereq Approval Form - Sociology (submit form only if your course is not listed in our tables of approved courses)

Common satisfactory prereq courses from other schools:

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If you would like to know whether a particular course will satisfy one of our prereq course requirements please email Pete Amann at pamann@uwlax.edu.  Please include the school where the course was taken, course number, and course description in your message.  You may also email pamann@uwlax.edu for transcript reviews.  Please include a copy of your unofficial transcript as an attachment.


Students may apply to the program with some outstanding prerequisites if they have a plan to complete these courses prior to starting classes in the program.  While filling out the Prerequisite Courses table on the program's application, courses that you are currently taking should be listed as CE (current enrollment) in the Letter Grade column, while courses that you are not currently enrolled in, but plan to take before starting the program, should be listed as PE (Planned Enrolment) in said column.  Listing these courses on your application represents a commitment on your part to take and successfully complete these courses should you be admitted to the program.  Once completed, applicants must forward an official transcript documenting successful completion of these courses and their degree.

Applicants must receive a "C" or above in all prerequisite courses, and a maximum of two "C's" in prerequisite coursework.  If a student takes a course more than once the highest grade is recognized for prereq purposes.

Anatomy, physiology and physics courses must contain a lab.  Lecture only courses will not be accepted as meeting the prereq course requirement.

Prerequisite science courses (anatomy & physiology, physics and stats) must be completed in the 7 years prior to application.  We require that the remaining prereq courses be completed in the 10 years prior to application.  Prereq courses taken prior to these deadlines are unacceptable and must be retaken in order to qualify.


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