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Psychology

Department Overview

119 Guthrie

Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and its causes and the understanding of human and animal behavior in a variety of settings. Psychology is studied both as a natural science, which stresses physical and biological causes of behavior, and as a social science, which stresses the effects of the social setting on human and animal behavior. Major areas of emphasis are human cognition and perception, animal behavior, behavioral neuroscience, developmental, social and personality, and clinical psychology.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
119 Guthrie, Box 351525
(206) 543-2698
psyadvis@uw.edu

The Department of Psychology offers the following programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology

The Bachelor of Science program prepares students for doctoral programs in psychology, leading to careers in teaching, research, or clinical psychology. The program emphasizes laboratory/research experience and statistics.

The Bachelor of Arts program provides a general background in psychology for students preparing for master's-level graduate programs or professional schools, seeking employment at the baccalaureate level, or wanting to apply the principles of psychology in other disciplines.

The department does not have formal programs in educational, school, or counseling psychology; engineering psychology; or industrial psychology.

Bachelor of Science

Suggested First-Year College Courses: MATH 120 and MATH 124. PSYCH 101. Any sociology or anthropology course. Students are encouraged to begin completion of general education requirements.

Suggested Second-Year College Courses: PSYCH 202 and PSYCH 209 should be completed as soon as possible during this year; BIOL 118, BIOL 161-BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, or BIOL 220. Students intending to take animal behavior courses in the Psychology Department should plan to fulfill the biology requirement with either BIOL 161-BIOL 162, BIOL 180, or BIOL 200. Continue working toward completion of general education requirements, including foreign language. The foreign language requirement should, ideally, be completed within the first two years of college.

Department Admission Requirements

Students apply to the Department of Psychology under the same admission requirements, regardless of the degree they wish to pursue.

  1. Minimum 2.00 cumulative UW GPA
  2. Completion of one of the following math courses with a minimum 2.0 grade: MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 120, or MATH 124. (Students may fulfill this requirement with test scores that place them in MATH 112 or MATH 124 or higher.)
  3. Completion of the following psychology courses with a minimum 2.0 grade in each course and a cumulative 2.50 GPA in the three courses: PSYCH 101, PSYCH 202, and PSYCH 209.
  4. Admission is competitive based on the following criteria:
    1. Preparation for a major in psychology as indicated by the grades earned in courses required for admission
    2. GPA, with an emphasis on grades earned in psychology courses
    3. Other evidence of a commitment to becoming a psychology major
    4. Personal statement reflecting an interest in and commitment to becoming a psychology major
    5. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (UW and transfer).
    Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the department.
  5. The application deadline is the first Friday of autumn, winter, and spring quarters; no applications are accepted summer quarter. Applications and additional information are available in 119A Guthrie.

Major Requirements

84-86 credits as follows:
  1. PSYCH 101, PSYCH 202, PSYCH 209 (with a grade of 2.5 or higher), PSYCH 317 and PSYCH 318
  2. One laboratory course from PSYCH 330, PSYCH 331, PSYCH 332, PSYCH 361, PSYCH 417, PSYCH 418, or PSYCH 419
  3. One course from PSYCH 300, PSYCH 333, or PSYCH 355
  4. One course from PSYCH 303, PSYCH 305, PSYCH 306, or PSYCH 345
  5. One additional course from PSYCH 300, PSYCH 303, PSYCH 305, PSYCH 306, PSYCH 333, PSYCH 345, or PSYCH 355
  6. Three additional graded upper-division classes with at least one at the 400 level (cannot include PSYCH 491 through PSYCH 499)
  7. PSYCH 499 (3 credits)
  8. PSYCH 496, PSYCH 497, or PSYCH 498 (3 credits) or 3 additional credits of PSYCH 499
  9. Up to 6 credits in 200- to 400-level electives to make a minimum total of 66 psychology credits
  10. (Students may not use PSYCH 200 as an elective if PSYCH 300 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 203 as an elective if PSYCH 303 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 206 as an elective if PSYCH 306 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 245 as an elective if PSYCH 345 is used to fulfill major requirements.)
  11. Courses in related fields:
    1. MATH 120 and MATH 124. Students may satisfy this requirement by testing out of MATH 124 or MATH 144
    2. One biological science course from BIOL 118, BIOL 161-BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, or BIOL 220
    3. One of the following philosophy courses: PHIL 120, PHIL 160
    4. One social science course (3 to 5 credits) from anthropology or sociology
  12. Cumulative minimum 2.50 GPA in all PSYCH courses applied toward the degree (UW and transfer), with a minimum 2.0 grade in each course presented for the major. Note that a grade of 2.5 or higher is required in PSYCH 209 in order for students to progress to the PSYCH 317/PSYCH 318 statistics series.
  13. Transfer students must meet all of the above requirements and are required to complete at least 15 graded credits in psychology at the 300 and 400 level through the UW.

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First-Year College Courses: MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 120, or MATH 124. PSYCH 101. Any sociology or anthropology course. Students are encouraged to begin completion of general education requirements.

Suggested Second-Year College Courses: PSYCH 202 and 209 should be completed as soon as possible during this year. BIOL 118, BIOL 161-BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, or BIOL 220. Students intending to take animal behavior courses in the Psychology Department should plan to fulfill the biology requirement with either BIOL 161-BIOl 162, BIOL 180, or BIOL 200 Continue working toward completion of general education requirements, including foreign language. The foreign language requirement should, ideally, be completed within the first two years of college.

Major Requirements

66 to 68 credits as follows:
  1. PSYCH 101, PSYCH 202, PSYCH 209, PSYCH 315 (or PSYCH 317 and PSYCH 318)
  2. One lab course from PSYCH 330, PSYCH 331, PSYCH 332, PSYCH 361, PSYCH 417, PSYCH 418, or PSYCH 419
  3. One course from PSYCH 300, PSYCH 333, or PSYCH 355
  4. One course from PSYCH 303, PSYCH 305, PSYCH 306, or PSYCH 345
  5. One additional course from PSYCH 300, PSYCH 303, PSYCH 305, PSYCH 306, PSYCH 333, PSYCH 345, or PSYCH 355
  6. Two additional graded upper division classes with at least one at the 400 level (cannot include PSYCH 491 through PSYCH 499)
  7. 3 credits from the following list: PSYCH 494, PSYCH 496, PSYCH 497, PSYCH 498, PSYCH 499; or credit from an approved Study Abroad program
  8. Up to 4 credits of PSYCH 200- to 400-level electives to make a minimum total of 53 psychology credits
  9. (Students may not use PSYCH 200 as an elective if PSYCH 300 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 203 as an elective if PSYCH 303 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 206 as an elective if PSYCH 306 is used to fulfill major requirements; or use PSYCH 245 as an elective if PSYCH 345 is used to fulfill major requirements.)
  10. Courses in related fields:
    1. One MATH course from MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 120, MATH 124, or MATH 144. Students may satisfy this requirement by testing out of any of the specified classes.
    2. One biological science course from BIOL 118, BIOL 161-BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, or BIOL 220
    3. One social science course (3 to 5 credits) from anthropology or sociology
  11. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in all psychology courses applied toward the degree (UW and transfer), with a minimum 2.0 grade in each course presented for the major
  12. Transfer students must meet all the above requirements and must to complete at least 15 graded credits in psychology at the 300 and 400 level through the UW.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Students understand and apply scientific methods and principles, receive an excellent preparation in the theoretical explanations of human and animal behavior, and understand the introductory concepts underlying the biological basis of behavior.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: The psychology faculty have extensive research facilities and research laboratories on the UW campus and nearby buildings.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: The Department of Psychology offers academic credit for approved fieldwork experience. The advising office maintains internship listings which are updated regularly.
  • Department Scholarships: none offered
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Psi Chi (national honors society for undergraduate psychology students).

Of Special Note: A student may earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, but not both.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Adiser
127 Guthrie, Box 351525
(206) 543-8687
psygrad@uw.edu

Graduate work in psychology is organized primarily as preparation for the doctor of philosophy degree. The optional master of science degree is taken by some doctoral students in the course of their work toward the doctorate.

For graduate instruction, the department is organized into eight major areas of study: adult/general clinical, animal behavior, behavioral neuroscience, child clinical, cognition & perception, developmental, quantitative, and social psychology &personality. Specialization groups also exist in the sub-areas of diversity science and quantitative.

The programs in adult clinical and child clinical psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association and provide scientific and professional training.

Master of Science (Optional)

A master's-degree-only program is not available. Doctoral students have the option of obtaining a master's degree while working toward the PhD.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree in psychology desirable, but not required
  2. Some preparation in biological, social, or quantitative sciences strongly advised
  3. Academic and research backgrounds
  4. GRE scores
  5. Written evaluations submitted by former professors or supervisors
  6. Application deadline: December 1, for admission the following autumn quarter.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 90 credits

  1. Coursework
    1. Orientation: PSYCH 500A
    2. Proseminar in psychology for the first three quarters: PSYCH 500B
    3. Psychology colloquium for the first three quarters: PSYCH 550
    4. Statistics and general methodology: PSYCH 522, PSYCH 523, PSYCH 524, PSYCH 525. Minimum 2.7 grade for each course.
    5. Dissertation: PSYCH 800 (27 minimum)
    6. Completion of individualized training program (section 2, below) or clinical area requirements (section 3, below)
  2. Individualized Training Program in Non-Clinical Areas
    1. One quantitative methods/statistics course beyond those indicated in 1.d., above, or one methodology course directly relevant to the student’s research focus
    2. Three core concepts courses
    3. Three advanced or focused courses providing specialized research training
    4. Three quarters of seminars, brown bags, or journal clubs. Requires attendance throughout training.

    Courses may be taken outside the Department of Psychology, but students are strongly urged to utilize department-based options when available.

    All coursework in these areas should be taken for a numerical grade, unless the course itself is offered on a credit/no-credit only (CR/NC-only) basis. At least half a student’s program must be in courses numbered 500 or above.

  3. Clinical Area Program Requirements
    1. Courses: PSYCH 517, PSYCH 531, PSYCH 560 (2-30), PSYCH 580, PSYCH 586, PSYCH 587, PSYCH 588, PSYCH 589 (8 - second-year students register A, W, Sp, and S); PSYCH 591 (1 - A, W, first year), PSYCH 593A (1-6 per quarter), PSYCH 593B (1-6 per quarter)
    2. One-year predoctoral internship
    3. Additional requirements for adult track students
      1. PSYCH 511, PSYCH 518, PSYCH 519
      2. APA discipline - specific knowledge; one course each in biological, social, cognitive, developmental, and affective bases of behavior. History and systems satisfied by PSYCH 591
      3. PSYCH 571 or PSYCH 572
      4. Two courses in assessment: PSYCH 586 and either PSYCH 576 and PSYCH 590 or PSYCH 577
      5. Minimum one internal (PSYCH 594) and one external (PSYCH 597) practicum
    4. Additional requirements for child track students
      1. PSYCH 553, PSYCH 571, PSYCH 572, PSYCH 573, PSYCH 576, PSYCH 590
      2. PSYCH 594 (internal) or PSYCH 597 (external) - two practica
      3. Minimum one treatment seminar
      4. One additional quantitative methods course
      5. APA discipline - specific knowledge: one course each in biological, social, cognitive, developmental, and affective bases of behavior. History and systems satisfied by PSYCH 591

Assistantships, Fellowships, or Traineeship Opportunities

Research and teaching assistantships are generally available. Traineeships and fellowships are also available.