Psychology is a popular major nationally and at UW-L. Students knowledgeable about their options and opportunities gain the most from their educational experiences. We strongly advise that you start you exploration of psychology programs by visiting the UW-L Psychology Advising Center pages. When you are interested in additional information the tabs above provide links to the catalog pages and additional resources for each of the following programs:
Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology? Within the College of Liberal Studies, students have the choice of earning either a BA or BS in psychology. The decision should be based on students' interests and strengths as the primary difference is in the general education requirements associated with required language classes (BA) or additional required science courses (BS). Psychology's new major tutorial covers the difference in depth.
UW-L's undergraduate minor in psychology - program requirements and course descriptions
To minor in psychology
UW-L's undergraduate minor in At-risk child and youth care - program requirements and course descriptions.
*Spring 2014 - changes have been made to the minor. The checksheet attached below is the most current version (the catalog link above is more dated).
At-Risk Child and Youth Care Minor (All colleges) - 21-30 credits (depending on major)
The child youth care minor is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to promote the well being of all children and adolescents. Special attention is given to vulnerable/at-risk populations within the context of the family, the community, and the life span. This emphasis assists students who may work within a wide variety of settings including: early child care and education, community-based and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centers, day and residential treatment, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, psychiatric centers, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, and juvenile justice programs.
Students who complete the minor are expected to be able to:
Program Advisor Lisa Caya (Psychology)335 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.6895e-mail: email@example.com
Students in CYC495 design and implement advocacy projects focused on children's well-being. Examples from past cohorts include:
The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET)
The Association for Child & Youth Care Practice, Inc. (ACYCP)
UW-L's undergraduate Gerontology emphasis - program requirements and course descriptions (the material at this link is outdated).
PLEASE use the following checksheet
All of the courses in the emphasis may count toward the emphasis and to other major/minor or college requirements. An emphasis in gerontology would be an excellent choice for many students including but not limited to business majors, exercise & sports science majors, health education & promotion majors, sociology majors, and psychology majors.
NOTE: The Gerontology emphasis is composed of courses from across the university. The sole course GTL300 has been deleted as of Fall 2013; however, the emphasis has lots of options and new courses are under development.
Program statement: The emphasis in gerontology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.
Coordinators of the program: Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD - Psychology
Aging is a fact of life, but many societies have become older because of lower birth rates and delayed mortality leading to longer life expectancy. According to the United Nations, two billion people will be over the age of 60 by 2050, and of those 400 million will be over the age of 80. The U.S. also is experiencing an aging population (see chart).
39 credits - Select courses as listed in the following ten categories. Credits not used from categories II, III, V, VI and VII may be used in categories IX and X as electives. MTH 145 Elementary Statistics is also required.
The department strongly recommends that all psychology students take 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. This 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.
Students interested in human service related work or graduate school on clinical/counseling fields should take both PSY 204 and PSY 303 as their courses in this category.
The department strongly encourages students to take more than one credit in this category, particularly in PSY 450. This course requires arrangements with the Career Services office and the psychology internship coordinator that must be initiated prior to the start of the semester.
May also count toward general education electives.
Course is changing from PSY 335 to PSY 432 starting Fall 2014. The new course description is as follows:
PSY 432 Cr.3 Learning and Memory
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of human and animal learning and contemporary topics in human memory. Specific topics include classical and operant (instrumental) conditioning, concept and skill learning, memory storage, and retrieval, forgetting, and the use of information. Prerequisites: PSY 100; PSY 321 or PSY 331.
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.
The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:
Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
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