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Curriculum and Courses

General Psychology
Foundations and Systems Courses
Advanced Laboratory Courses
Research and Independent Study

A. General Psychology

PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The scientific study of behavior.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2020, UWinteriM 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019.
PSYCH 193 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
PSYCH 205 Personality
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Principles of personality; an overview of adaptive and maladaptive behavior patterns.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2020, UWinteriM 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019.
PSYCH 210 Psychological Statistics
4 cr. Undergraduate.
Use of statistical techniques in Psychology. Lec & Lab.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P); satisfaction of GER Quant Lit Part A req.
General Education Requirements: QLB
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 214 Introduction to Conditioning and Learning
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to principles and procedures of conditioning and learning.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
PSYCH 230 Social Psychology: Psychological Perspectives
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Areas of social psychology such as aggression, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, and group processes examined from a psychological perspective.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 254 Physiological Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The physiological bases of behavior.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: NS
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 260 Child Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The development of the child.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2020, UWinteriM 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019.
PSYCH 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
PSYCH 299 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
PSYCH 325 Research Methods in Psychology
4 cr. Undergraduate.
Design and execution of psychological research. Collection, analysis, and reporting of data. Lec & Lab.
Prerequisites: 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.
General Education Requirements: OWCB
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 380 Honors Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics in psychology.
Prerequisites: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir; Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Foundations course. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2004.
PSYCH 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 499 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 1989.

B. Foundations and Systems Courses

PSYCH 319 Gay and Lesbian Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Psychological theory and research on sexual orientation.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Foundations course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 320 Psychology of Women
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Psychological theory and research on how gender influences our thinking, feelings, and behavior.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 101(P).
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Foundations course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 354 Introduction to Neuroscience I: From Neuron to Brain
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Basic principles of cellular, molecular, and developmental neuroscience; structure/function of neurons and glia, chemical and electrical signaling, brain development, and neurological diseases.
Prerequisites: C or better in BioSci 315(P) or Psych 254(P).
Course Rules: 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.
Last Taught: Fall 2015, Fall 2013.
PSYCH 355 Introduction to Neuroscience II: From Brain to Behavior
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Basic principles of neural systems and behavior; analysis of systems for sensation and perception, learning and memory, language, emotion, and motion.
Prerequisites: Bio Sci 152(P) & 315(C), or Psych 254(P).
Course Rules: Systems Course. 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.
Last Taught: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011.
PSYCH 407 Personality Theory
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Theories of personality. 2 hrs lec, 1 hr dis
Prerequisites: Psych 205(P).
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 412 Abnormal Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Psychology of abnormal behavior; the nature and social-biological origins of psychotic, neurotic, and other behavioral abnormalities.
Prerequisites: Psych 101(P).
Course Rules: Foundations and Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 433 Neuropsychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to the theory, research literature and assessment of the cognitive and emotional aspects of brain function. Systems course.
Prerequisites: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 454 Psychopharmacology and Addiction
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Examination of mode of action, acute and chronic effects, and the neurobiological and psychological characteristics of psychoactive drugs with an emphasis on addiction.
Prerequisites: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Course Rules: Foundations course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, UWinteriM 2020, Fall 2019, UWinteriM 2019.
PSYCH 503 Perception
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The nature of perception and its relation to environmental and internal processes.
Prerequisites: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020.
PSYCH 510 Advanced Psychological Statistics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Topics include probability and sampling theory, correlational methods, and nonparametric techniques. Foundations course.
Prerequisites: jr st & Psych 210(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Fall 2019.
PSYCH 540 Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Key concepts, findings, and their applications in the field of research and practice of clinical science.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Foundations course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
PSYCH 550 History of Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The important philosophical and scientific antecedents of contemporary psychology.
Prerequisites: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019.
PSYCH 551 Learning and Motivation Theories
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Contemporary psychological theories, with special emphasis on theories of learning.
Prerequisites: jr st; 9 cr in psych.
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2015, Spring 2014.
PSYCH 555 Health Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Psychological contributions to physical health in areas such as changing health habits, stress and coping, pain, and chronic illness.
Prerequisites: Psych 254(P) or cons instr.
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 578 Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, and Health
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Psychological theory and research on how health is related to race and ethnicity.
Prerequisites: jr st, Psych 101(P); or grad st.
Course Rules: Foundations course. No cr for students w/cr in Psych 611 w/similar topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
PSYCH 610 Experimental Design
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Design and analysis of single and multi-factor experiments; tests for trends; multiple comparisons. Foundations course.
Prerequisites: jr st & Psych 210(P); or grad st.
Last Taught: Spring 2020.
PSYCH 611 Current Topics:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the course is offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Foundations course. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2018.
PSYCH 620 Single-Subject Research Methods
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
A review of single-subject research methods.
Prerequisites: jr st & Psych 325(P), or grad st; or cons instr.
Course Rules: Foundations course.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
PSYCH 627 Cognitive Neuroscience
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How the brain enables the mind; broad introduction to cognitive neuroscience, with emphasis on a converging methods approach.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 210(P) & 254(P).
Course Rules: Systems course. Counts as repeat of Psych 611 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
PSYCH 657 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Systems course. Counts as repeat of Psych 611 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2020.
PSYCH 680 Psychology of Aging
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Extension of principles of general psychology to the process of aging.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 325(P) or cons instr.
Course Rules: Systems course.
Last Taught: Spring 2020.

C. Advanced Laboratory Courses

PSYCH 502 Applied Behavior Analysis
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019.
PSYCH 505 Cognitive Processes
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 514 Conditioning and Learning
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Principles of conditioning and learning. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 325(P).
Course Rules: Required special course fee assessed; announced in Schedule of Classes each semester.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
PSYCH 623 Perceptual Processes
4 cr. Undergraduate.
Experimental investigation of perception.
Prerequisites: jr st & Psych 325(P)
Last Taught: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
PSYCH 654 Advanced Physiological Psychology
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Advanced topics in physiological psychology. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 254(P) & 325(P).
Course Rules: Required special course fee assessed; announced in Schedule of Classes each sem.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019.
PSYCH 656 Psychophysiology
4 cr. Undergraduate.
Experimental investigation of physiological factors in human behavior. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 254(R) & 325(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
PSYCH 660 Experimental Child Psychology
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Experimental investigation of child behavior and development. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 260(R) & 325(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019.
PSYCH 677 Experimental Social Psychology
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Experimental investigation of social behavior. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Psych 230(R) & 325(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019.

D. Research and Independent Study

PSYCH 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
For further information, consult dept chair.
Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2006, Spring 2006.
PSYCH 290 Undergraduate Research: Lower Division
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: fr & soph st only; Psych 101(P) and sponsorship by a faculty member.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
PSYCH 292 Psychology Field Placement-Lower Division
3 cr. Undergraduate.

Prerequisites: Psych 101(P); cons instr & placement supervisor.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
PSYCH 296 UROP Apprenticeship
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.
Prerequisites: acceptance to UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
Course Rules: One credit for 45 hrs research. May be retaken to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Not open to jrs & srs.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2015.
PSYCH 690 Undergraduate Research: Upper Division
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: jr st; sponsorship by a faculty member.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 692 Field Placement in Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate.

Prerequisites: jr st; cons instr & placement supervisor.
Course Rules: May be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 697 Field or Research Placement in Psychology for Seniors
3 cr. Undergraduate.

Prerequisites: sr st; cons instr &, if appropriate, placement supervisor.
Course Rules: Fulfills Capstone req.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 698 Senior Thesis
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Completion of thesis under the supervision of faculty.
Prerequisites: sr st; 3.5 gpa in all Psych course work or cons instr.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019.
PSYCH 699 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.