Curriculum and Courses

A. General Psychology
Psych 101 – Introduction to Psychology. 3 cr. U.
The scientific study of behavior.|Prereq: none.
Psych 193 – First-Year Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U.
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.|Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
Psych 205 – Personality. 3 cr. U.
Principles of personality; an overview of adaptive and maladaptive behavior patterns.|Prereq: Psych 101(P).
Psych 210 – Psychological Statistics. 4 cr. U.
Use of statistical techniques in Psychology. Lec & Lab.|Prereq: Psych 101(P); satisfaction of GER Quant Lit Part A req.
Psych 214 – Introduction to Conditioning and Learning. 3 cr. U.
Introduction to principles and procedures of conditioning and learning.|Prereq: Psych 101(P).
Psych 230 – Social Psychology: Psychological Perspectives. 3 cr. U.
Areas of social psychology such as aggression, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, and group processes examined from a psychological perspective.|Prereq: Psych 101(P).
Psych 254 – Physiological Psychology. 3 cr. U.
The physiological bases of behavior.|Prereq: Psych 101(P).
Psych 260 – Child Psychology. 3 cr. U.
The development of the child.|Prereq: Psych 101(P).
Psych 297 – Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored programs before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Psych 299 – Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U.
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add’l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add’l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Psych 325 – Research Methods in Psychology. 4 cr. U.
Design and execution of psychological research. Collection, analysis, and reporting of data. Lec & Lab.|Prereq: 2.62 gpa in Psych 101(P) & 210(P); grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.
Psych 380 – Honors Seminar: (Subtitled). 3H cr. U.
Selected topics in psychology.|Foundations course. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir; Psych 101(P).
Psych 497 – Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored programs before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Psych 499 – Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U.
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add’l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add’l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
B. Foundations and Systems Courses
Psych 319 – Gay and Lesbian Psychology. 3 cr. U.
Psychological theory and research on sexual orientation.|Foundations course. Prereq: jr st; Psych 101(P).
Psych 320 – Psychology of Women. 3 cr. U.
Psychological theory and research on how gender influences our thinking, feelings, and behavior.|Foundations course. Prereq: jr st; Psych 101(P).
Psych 454 – Psychopharmacology and Addiction. 3 cr. U.
Examination of mode of action, acute and chronic effects, and the neurobiological and psychological characteristics of psychoactive drugs with an emphasis on addiction.|Foundations course. Prereq: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Psych 510 – Advanced Psychological Statistics. 3 cr. U/G.
Topics include probability and sampling theory, correlational methods, and nonparametric techniques. Foundations course.|Prereq: jr st & Psych 210(P); or grad st.
Psych 540 – Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 3 cr. U.
Key concepts, findings, and their applications in the field of research and practice of clinical science.|Foundations course. Prereq: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Psych 578 – Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, and Health. 3 cr. U/G.
Psychological theory and research on how health is related to race and ethnicity.|Foundations course. No cr for students w/cr in Psych 611 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st, Psych 101(P); or grad st.
Psych 610 – Experimental Design. 3 cr. U/G.
Design and analysis of single and multi-factor experiments; tests for trends; multiple comparisons. Foundations course.|Prereq: jr st & Psych 210(P); or grad st.
Psych 611 – Current Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the course is offered.|Foundations course. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
Psych 620 – Single-Subject Research Methods. 3 cr. U/G.
A review of single-subject research methods.|Foundations course. Prereq: jr st & Psych 325(P), or grad st; or cons instr.
Psych 354 – Introduction to Neuroscience I: From Neuron to Brain. 3 cr. U.
Basic principles of cellular, molecular, and developmental neuroscience; structure/function of neurons and glia, chemical and electrical signaling, brain development, and neurological diseases.|Systems course. Bio Sci/Psych 354 & 355 may be taken in either order. Bio Sci 354 & Psych 354 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: BioSci 152 (P) & 315 (C), or Psych 254(P).
Psych 355 – Introduction to Neuroscience II: From Brain to Behavior. 3 cr. U.
Basic principles of neural systems and behavior; analysis of systems for sensation and perception, learning and memory, language, emotion, and motion.|Bio Sci/Psych 354 & 355 may be taken in either order. Bio Sci 355 & Psych 355 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: Bio Sci 152(P) & 315(C), or Psych 254(P).
Psych 407 – Personality Theory. 3 cr. U.
Theories of personality. 2 hrs lec, 1 hr dis|Systems course. Prereq: Psych 205(P).
Psych 412 – Psychopathology. 3 cr. U.
Psychology of abnormal behavior; the nature and social-biological origins of psychotic, neurotic, and other behavioral abnormalities.|Systems course. Prereq: Psych 205(P).
Psych 433 – Neuropsychology. 3 cr. U.
Introduction to the theory, research literature and assessment of the cognitive and emotional aspects of brain function. Systems course.|Prereq: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Psych 503 – Perception. 3 cr. U/G.
The nature of perception and its relation to environmental and internal processes.|Systems course. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Psych 550 – History of Psychology. 3 cr. U/G.
The important philosophical and scientific antecedents of contemporary psychology.|Systems course. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Psych 551 – Learning and Motivation Theories. 3 cr. U/G.
Contemporary psychological theories, with special emphasis on theories of learning.|Systems course. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Psych 555 – Health Psychology. 3 cr. U.
Psychological contributions to physical health in areas such as changing health habits, stress and coping, pain, and chronic illness.|Systems course. Prereq: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Psych 609 – Motivation. 3 cr. U/G.
Systematic analysis of reinforcement, drive, arousal, and recent neurophysiological research related to motivation and emotion.|Systems course. Prereq: jr st; Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Psych 627 – Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 cr. U.
How the brain enables the mind; broad introduction to cognitive neuroscience, w/emphasis on a converging methods approach will be emphasized.|Systems course. Counts as repeat of Psych 611 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; Psych 210(P) & 254(P).
Psych 657 – Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 3 cr. U/G.
Functional and structural alterations in nervous system underlying organism’s ability to learn/remember. Principles drawn from molecular and cellular neurobiology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and behavioral neuroscience.|Systems course. Counts as repeat of Psych 611 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.
Psych 680 – Psychology of Aging. 3 cr. U/G.
Extension of principles of general psychology to the process of aging.|Systems course. Prereq: jr st; Psych 325(P) or cons instr.
C. Advanced Laboratory Courses
Psych 502 – Applied Behavior Analysis. 4 cr. U/G.
Learning and motivation of human behavior in applied settings. Lab work in community agencies using operant methods, behavior modification, programmed instruction, AV systems. Lec, Lab.|Prereq: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Psych 505 – Cognitive Processes. 4 cr. U/G.
Human information processing, emphasizing vision and language. Topics: pattern recognition; sensory-specific memory systems, short- and long-term; modern approaches to mental imagery and operations. Lec, lab.|Prereq: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Psych 514 – Conditioning and Learning. 4 cr. U/G.
Principles of conditioning and learning. Lec, lab.|Required special course fee assessed; announced in Schedule of Classes each semester. Prereq: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Psych 654 – Advanced Physiological Psychology. 4 cr. U/G.
Advanced topics in physiological psychology. Lec, lab.|Required special course fee assessed; announced in Schedule of Classes each sem. Prereq: jr st; Psych 254(P) & 325(P).
Psych 656 – Psychophysiology. 4 cr. U.
Experimental investigation of physiological factors in human behavior. Lec, lab.|Prereq: jr st; Psych 254(R) & 325(P).
Psych 660 – Experimental Child Psychology. 4 cr. U/G.
Experimental investigation of child behavior and development. Lec, lab.|Prereq: jr st; Psych 260(R) & 325(P).
Psych 677 – Experimental Social Psychology. 4 cr. U/G.
Experimental investigation of social behavior. Lec, lab.|Prereq: jr st; Psych 230(R) & 325(P).
D. Research and Independent Study
Psych 199 – Independent Study. 1-3 cr. U.
For further information, consult dept chair.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Psych 290 – Undergraduate Research: Lower Division. 1-3 cr. U.
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.|Retakable. Prereq: fr & soph st only; Psych 101(P) and sponsorship by a faculty member.
Psych 292 – Psychology Field Placement-Lower Division. 3 cr. U.
|Retakable. Prereq: Psych 101(P); cons instr & placement supervisor.
Psych 296 – UROP Apprenticeship. 1-3 cr. U.
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.|One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Not open to jrs & srs. Prereq: acceptance to UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
Psych 690 – Undergraduate Research: Upper Division. 1-3 cr. U.
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.|Retakable. Prereq: jr st; sponsorship by a faculty member.
Psych 692 – Field Placement in Psychology. 3 cr. U.
|Retakable. Prereq: jr st; cons instr & placement supervisor.
Psych 697 – Field or Research Placement in Psychology for Seniors. 3 cr. U.
|Fulfills Capstone req. Prereq: sr st; cons instr &, if appropriate, placement supervisor.
Psych 698 – Senior Thesis. 3 cr. U.
Completion of thesis under the supervision of faculty.|Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: sr st; 3.5 gpa in all Psych course work or cons instr.
Psych 699 – Independent Study. 1-3 cr. U.
Advanced independent work under the supervision of a Psych faculty member. Students must submit study proposal to the prof with whom they wish to study. For additional information, consult supervising prof.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair & assoc dean for SAS.