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This Web site was prepared by the UNK Psychology faculty to help you get acquainted with the Department. It will provide you with specific information about the psychology program offered at UNK and answer some of the questions most frequently asked by our students.
Psychology Faculty and Staff
Why Major in Psychology?
Offered by Department of Psychology CNSS
Five options are available in this major
Click the following link to learn more about Psi Chi and the Psychology Club
Look here for links to helpful items throughout your UNK psychology career.
The Psynapse - Psychology Department Newsletters
History of the Psychology Department
Following are a set of links to a variety of assessment reports.
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Phone (308) 865-8235
Prerequisites, Course Requirements
The Department considers lab instruction essential to the undergraduate experience in psychology. These courses provide you with the skills to:
In addition, the lab courses provide you with a solid background in the science of psychology, which is attractive to graduate programs in both clinical and experimental psychology. PSY 250/270 are prerequisites for all Lab courses. The Department offers the following lab courses, all of which must be taken with their corresponding lecture courses:
310L.Learning and Conditioning Laboratory is offered in the Summer only, odd years, contingent upon enrollment. Shaping, schedules of reinforcement, discrimination learning, extinction, and other learning and conditioning phenomena are demonstrated in a series of structured exercises using laboratory animals as subjects. Students are also required to engage in learning themselves.
312L. Sensation and Perception Laboratory is offered on demand. Techniques and methods, including scaling, threshold measurement, and signal detection, are demonstrated in a series of laboratory exercises. Students also have the opportunity to engage in original research projects. Perceptive students have a small advantage.
313L. Physiological Psychology Laboratory is offered every Fall. The techniques and methods used in this study of biological influences on behavior are introduced with emphasis upon neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology. One student has described this lab as the cutting, slicing, dicing, electrifying, mashing, boiling and grinding of various organs, especially the brain, behind closed doors.
317L. Biopsychology Laboratory is offered in the Spring only, odd years. Techniques and methods, especially naturalistic observation and other techniques commonly used in the field of Ethology, are reviewed in a series of laboratory exercises. Students also have the opportunity to engage in original and semi-original research projects.
318L. Experimental Social Psychology Laboratory is offered each Fall semester. A review of social psychological research methods including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, unobtrusive measures, field studies, the avoidance of bias, and ethical issues in research. Students are expected to conduct an empirical research project. Social skills are required but only for the students.
407L. Psychopathology Laboratory is offered each Spring semester. The methodology used in the study of common psychopathological patterns is reviewed and applied in original group projects. Ethical considerations in this research area are emphasized. Students' psychopathologies will be checked at the door before every class.
430L. Memory and Cognition Laboratory is offered every Spring. Techniques and methods which assess cognitive functioning and which are used in the study of cognitive processes are reviewed in a series of laboratory exercises. Students also have the opportunity to engage in original research projects. Thinking with the brain is required.
450L. Psychometrics Laboratory is offered Spring only, even years. Practical experience in test construction is emphasized, including the application of concepts such as norms, standardization, reliability and validity. The exams are very difficult in this class. Get it?
453L. Developmental Psychology Laboratory is offered only in the Fall of even years. Methods of studying children and adolescents are investigated, including infant assessment, observational techniques, and experimentation. Students also have the opportunity to engage in original research projects. Childish behavior, though studied, will not be encouraged.
Either of the following courses may be substituted for one lab course if an empirical research project is a part of the experience, but Department permission is required.
408F. Field Experience in Clinical Psychology is offered every Fall. Junior standing and the instructor's permission are required. Students will visit a clinical facility for two hours/week and process their learning experiences in a one hour weekly lab. Opportunities to interact with patients and staff are included. Students must be distinquishable from the patients so that none are left behind.
475. Practicum in Psychology is offered every semester. You must have completed 24 hours of psychology coursework and have the permission of the department chairman to enroll. This course gives the student the opportunity to gain experience in the application of psychological principles in various social agencies. Personal demonstration of psychopathology are not encouraged.
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