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Psychology

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

Psychology is the scientific study of the complexities of human and animal behavior. This complexity is reflected by the fact that the American Psychological Association has over 50 divisions, each representing a general area of interest or expertise and each having its own set of theoretical and research publications. In addition, there are at least 240 separate areas of specialization represented by these divisions.

The goal of the Psychology curriculum is to help students become familiar with common theoretical and research perspectives while also studying topics of particular interest and value. To accomplish this goal, the Psychology curriculum contains two core courses that address the problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills common to psychology as a whole. Course concentrations allow students to further develop and apply these skills within particular content areas and with specific personal or career goals in mind.

A major in Psychology provides students with the fundamental liberal arts perspective and understanding of basic psychological issues appropriate for many entry-level positions in business, government, industry, and education. For example, Psychology students planning to earn a minor in Elementary Education through the Teacher Education Program and to obtain teacher certification should follow the Educational Psychology concentration described below. Students planning to obtain a position in business, government, or industry may choose to follow the Experimental Psychology concentration or, if they have an interest in a particular topic, they may decide to pursue any one of the other concentrations listed. Students taking courses for their own benefit or pleasure may wish to construct their own curriculum in consultation with their academic advisors.

For students interested in the helping professions, a career in higher education, or doing research in the field, it must be emphasized that such activities generally require a graduate degree (M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D.). Although the required core courses and recommended course concentrations are designed to offer an education appropriate for continued study at the graduate level, students may want to tailor their course selections to the particular admission requirements of a specific institution or profession. Psychology majors who plan to pursue advanced studies are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisors to design an appropriate undergraduate course plan.

The Psychology curriculum is structured to encourage students to pursue electives outside psychology as part of a broad liberal arts education. In addition, UIS requirements contribute to a broad educational experience. For example, the Experiential and Service-Learning Programs offer internships that provide students with an opportunity to integrate classroom learning and practical field experience, as well as to gain experience that may be useful in later decisions about employment or training. Placements have included local mental health centers, other mental health and community service organizations, and research positions.

THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Entrance requirements
The psychology bachelor’s degree is open to all UIS students and transfer students who have met the entrance requirements for admission to UIS. In addition, all students wishing to be admitted to the Psychology Major must first successfully complete PSY 201 Principles of Psychology (or equivalent) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Students who achieve scores of four and above on the Advanced Placement Psychology Examination will receive advanced placement credit for PSY 201. Students who achieve a score of 50 or higher on the Introductory Psychology CLEP test will receive CLEP credit for PSY 201.

Students at UIS with 30 or more credit hours and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale qualify for full admission to the Psychology major. Students with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 can be granted conditional admission to the major, which permits enrollment in up to 12 semester hours of 300-level psychology courses during the first semester. The final decision on admission to the major for conditionally admitted students is made after completion of 12 hours of psychology courses at UIS. Those 300-level courses must be completed within two semesters of the conditional admission.

Advising
All Psychology majors and minors should consult with a faculty advisor before registering for courses. Advisors will help students plan a relevant course of study based on the students’ individual interests.

Assessment of learning within the discipline
All Psychology majors are required to complete, at program entry and exit, an exam designed to assess scientific critical thinking skills, as well as a broad range of content knowledge and skill application within the discipline. PSY 301 Orientation and Entrance Assessment is a noncredit course used to track exam completion at entry. Students must register for PSY 301 during their first semester of enrollment as Psychology majors. Students who do not complete the entrance exam during their first semester will not be allowed to register for additional Psychology coursework until the exam has been completed. Students will complete the exam a second time as part of the required, credit-bearing, capstone course PSY 471 Senior Seminar. Exit exam scores are used for Psychology Department curriculum review and planning.

Ethical conduct
The Psychology Department supports and adheres to the UIS Academic Integrity Policy (which can be found online at http://www.uis.edu/campussenate/AcademicIntegrity.htm). Students aware of cheating or plagiarism by others must report it to their advisors, another member of the department faculty, or the department chairperson. Students cheating on examinations or plagiarizing on assignments will not receive credit for the course, will be reported to the Provost’s Office and the chairperson of the student’s major department, and may ultimately be dismissed from the department or from UIS.

Major requirements
Psychology majors are required to take a minimum of 36 hours in Psychology. Eight of these hours must be PSY 302 Research Methods in Psychology (or its equivalent) and PSY 471 Senior Seminar. It is strongly recommended that PSY 302 be taken during the first semester and that PSY 471 be taken during the final semester. At least two of the Psychology courses completed after PSY 302 Research Methods in Psychology must include formal writing assignments; such courses are identified by a W following the course title in the listing below. In the UIS online catalog, descriptions for these courses include the phrase “Designated Writing Course.” Students must save the graded writing assignments from these courses for further use in PSY 471 Senior Seminar. The additional 28 hours will vary depending on the concentration selected or the individualized concentration designed by each student. All Psychology majors must complete a course curriculum form, either selecting one of the curricular concentrations outlined below or specifying the individualized curriculum they have designed in consultation with their advisors.

The department core course requirements and recommended 28-hour concentration options are as follows.

Core requirements: (courses required of ALL Psychology majors)
PSY 301 Orientation and Entrance Assessment 0 Hrs.
PSY 302 Research Methods in Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 471 Senior Seminar 4 Hrs.

Clinical/Counseling Concentration
Core Concentration Courses (16 Hrs.)
PSY 303 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 Hrs.
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 315 Psychoactive Drugs W 4 Hrs.
PSY 321 Life-span Developmental Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 331 Social Psychology 4 Hrs.
*PSY 351 Abnormal Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 412 Introduction to Biopsychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 441 Theories of Personality W 4 Hrs.
PSY 452 Introduction to Clinical Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 453 Psychological Foundations for Helping 4 Hrs.
PSY 457 Behavior Modification: Principles and Techniques 4 Hrs.
PSY 458 Psychological Tests and Measurements 4 Hrs.

*Note: PSY 351 is a required course in this concentration.

Psychology Electives (12 Hrs.)
Any upper division (300 or 400 level) Psychology courses at UIS will fulfill this requirement.

*Note: PSY 321, PSY 331, and PSY 351 fulfill the prerequisites for admission to the Human Development Counseling M.A. Program at UIS.

Developmental Psychology Concentration
Core Concentration Courses (16 Hrs.)
PSY 303 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 Hrs.
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 313 Critical Thinking W 4 Hrs.
PSY 314 Sensation and Perception 4 Hrs.
*PSY 321 Life-span Developmental Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 322 Child Development W 4 Hrs.
PSY 323 Adolescence 4 Hrs.
PSY 324 Exceptional Child W 4 Hrs.
PSY 326 Family Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 331 Social Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 412 Introduction to Biopsychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 413 Psychology of Learning and Memory W 4 Hrs.
PSY 416 Psychology of Motivation 4 Hrs.

*Note: PSY 321 is a required course in this concentration.

Psychology Electives (12 Hrs.)
Any upper division (300 or 400 level) Psychology courses at UIS will fulfill this requirement.

Educational Psychology Concentration*
Core Concentration Courses (16 Hrs.)0
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 313 Critical Thinking W 4 Hrs.
PSY 314 Sensation and Perception 4 Hrs.
PSY 321 Life-span Developmental Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 322 Child Development W 4 Hrs.
PSY 323 Adolescence 4 Hrs.
PSY 324 Exceptional Child W 4 Hrs.
PSY 326 Family Psychology W 4 Hrs.
*PSY 327 Educational Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 413 Psychology of Learning and Memory W 4 Hrs.
PSY 416 Psychology of Motivation 4 Hrs.
PSY 457 Behavior Modification: Principles and Techniques 4 Hrs.
PSY 458 Psychological Tests and Measurements 4 Hrs.

*Note: PSY 327 is a required course in this concentration.

Psychology Electives (12 Hrs.)
Any upper division (300 or 400 level) Psychology courses at UIS will fulfill this requirement.

*Note: This is the appropriate concentration for elementary education candidates. PSY 322, PSY 323, and PSY 327 fulfill prerequisites for admission to the Teacher Education Program at UIS, and PSY 324 is a required course for a minor in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Experimental Psychology Concentration
Core Concentration Courses (20 Hrs.)
*PSY 303 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 Hrs.
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 313 Critical Thinking W 4 Hrs.
PSY 314 Sensation and Perception 4 Hrs.
PSY 315 Psychoactive Drugs W 4 Hrs.
PSY 321 Life-Span Developmental Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 331 Social Psychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 351 Abnormal Psychology W 4 Hrs.
PSY 412 Introduction to Biopsychology 4 Hrs.
PSY 413 Psychology of Learning and Memory W 4 Hrs.
PSY 416 Psychology of Motivation 4 Hrs.
PSY 417 Perceptual Learning 4 Hrs.
PSY 441 Theories of Personality W 4 Hrs.
PSY 458 Psychological Tests and Measurements 4 Hrs.

*Note: PSY 303 is a required course in this concentration.

Psychology Electives (8 Hrs.)
Any upper division (300 or 400 level) Psychology courses at UIS will fulfill this requirement.

Individualized Concentration
Students who want to tailor course selections for personal interest or to meet requirements for admission to a specific institution or profession should consider the Individualized Concentration. Their particular curricular design must be specified and on file in the Psychology Department office prior to enrollment beyond the first Psychology course taken at UIS. This curricular plan may be modified later, in consultation with an advisor.

Students should consult with advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

Course waiver policy
Lower-division courses
Because academic work at the University of Illinois is considered to be a continuation of the student’s previous education, students who have earned a B or better in a lower-division psychology course beyond an introductory psychology course at another institution (and have taken the course within the past six years) may petition to use it to waive the required course in a Psychology concentration. A waiver based on lower-division coursework does not reduce the total number of credit hours required in the major.

Transfer policy
Upper-division courses
Students must take at least 16 hours of psychology credit from UIS. Students who have earned a C or better in upper-division psychology courses at other institutions within the past six years may, in consultation with an academic advisor, use those upper-division credits to reduce the total number of credit hours required for the Psychology major at UIS.

Grading policy
Psychology majors and minors must earn a C or better in all Psychology courses to use them for completion of degree requirements.

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR

The entrance requirements for the Psychology minor are the same as for the major. To earn a minor in Psychology, students must complete a minimum of 20 semester hours, at least 16 of which must be upper-division course work taken at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Four of these hours must be PSY 302 or its equivalent. Students who have earned a B or better in lower-division psychology courses beyond introductory psychology at another institution may use those courses as the basis for a reduction of up to four hours in the total hours required for a minor. PSY 302 is the only required course for a minor in Psychology. The remaining 16 hours may be selected from any psychology course offerings; however, all Psychology minors must complete a course curriculum form in which they specify the curriculum they have designed in consultation with their advisors. This curricular design must be specified and on file in the Psychology Department office prior to enrollment beyond the first psychology course taken at UIS. This curricular plan may be modified later in consultation with an advisor.


DEGREES:

Bachelor of Arts, Undergraduate Minor

FACULTY

Keith Burton, Karen Mooney, Lynn Pardie, Karen Pressley, Shuang-Yueh Pui, Sheryl Reminger, Frances Shen, Carrie Switzer, Marcel Yoder
Emeritus Faculty: Joel Adkins, Ronald Havens, Jonathan Hess, John Miller

CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 217/206-6696
Email: psy@uis.edu
Website: www.uis.edu/psychology

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