Department of Psychology
Pryale Hall, Room 111
654 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2300
Fax: (248) 370-4612

Overview of Programs

WELCOME!

The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The psychology curriculum is structured to meet the needs of four types of students interested in majoring in psychology:

(1) Students who plan to find employment after obtaining the bachelor's degree

(2)  Students who plan to go to graduate school in psychology or a related field

(3) Students who plan to enter a field other than psychology that requires further formal training

(4) Students who have a general interest in psychology.

For individuals looking to teach at Oakland University, please contact Dr. Keith Williams, Director of Undergraduate Programs. Oakland University requires adjunct instructors to have a Master's degree.

Psychology,
B.A.

The Department of Psychology updated its curricular requirements beginning in the 2016/2017 academic year.  Also, please be aware that Oakland University will be moving to a 4-digit course numbering system beginning Fall 2017.

For assistance, please refer to PSYCHOLOGY COURSE CROSS-WALK on the undergraduate psychology advising web-page.

For complete information regarding requirements for majoring in psychology, please use the link below.  Be sure to refer to the requirements in the Student Catalog for the year that you enrolled at Oakland University:

Current Catalog:

Online Catalog (2017-2018)

Previous Catalogs:

     Online Catalog (2016-2017)

          Note:  Students who transferred to OU beginning Fall, 2016 will follow the 2015-2016 requirements.

     Online Catalog (2015-2016)

     Online Catalog (2014-2015)

     Online Catalog (2013-2014), (2012-2013) & (2011-2012) in PDF format

           Note: Students who enrolled prior to 2011-2012 catalog will need to follow the 2011-2012 requirements.

Helpful LinkChange of Major/Minor Form

    (Note: Please turn in your completed form to the front desk in 221 Varner Hall - CAS Advising Office).

Psychology
Minor
To earn a minor in psychology, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits in psychology with a minimum GPA of 2.00 over all psychology courses and must satisfy the requirements detailed in the online catalog.


Brief overview of Psychology Minor:

Two (2) core courses:  PSY 1000 (PSY 100) and PSY 2500 (PSY 250)

Two (2) 2000-level survey courses in different areas.

Two (2) 3000-level domain courses in different areas.

Please be aware that there are no substitutions for the above courses.  Non-domain courses (or formerly elective credit courses) will not be accepted as satisfying the 3000/4000 level requirement.

Helpful Link:  Declaration or Change of Major/Minor Form

    (Note: Please turn in your completed form to the front desk in 221 Varner Hall - CAS Advising Office).

Psychology
Policies
Pre-requisites for Psychology Courses
PSY 2510 (Introduction to Statistics) prerequisites:
The criteria are PSY 2500 and competency in intermediate algebra.

Competency is determined in one of three ways:
  1. Obtaining a 22 or better on the ACT Math portion or a score of 550 on the SAT (new)
  2. Passing the math placement exam with a Level “R” or better
  3. Passing MTH 0662 (and for you the prerequisite MTH 0661) with a 2.0 or better and/or placement in a higher level math course.
The math prerequisite is for your protection and future success. Thus, there are NO EXCEPTIONS for this prerequisite.

Please note the following:
  1. STA 2220 is considered to be a higher level math course than MTH 0662. If you have completed the course and passed it, then you will be permitted to take PSY 2510. Please be aware the MTH 1118 (or its equivalent from another institution) is NOT considered a higher level course in mathematics and statistics.

    Please note that STA 2220 cannot be substituted for PSY 2510. Although both are introductory statistics course, the focus is different in each course. PSY 2510 focuses more on conceptual applications and the use of SPSS while STA 2220 focuses more on mathematical computations.

  2. Use of Mathematics/Statistics course from another university or community college can be used to satisfy the pre-requisite requirement as long as it has been approved by the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Proof of current enrollment or completion (with a passing grade) will be necessary to issue an override into PSY 2510.
Helpful Link:
Mathematics and Statistics Department – Math Placement

Psychology courses 10 years old or older
Courses that are 10 years old or older generally will NOT be counted toward satisfying requirements for a Major in Psychology. However, courses that are over 10 years old are accepted for a Minor in Psychology, however.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Chief Academic Adviser who would assist you in reviewing such courses before accepting them for credit.

Graduating with one credit shortage in the Major/Minor
The Department of Psychology automatically approves your major for graduation if you are short one credit in the psychology major (43/44 credits for 2016/2017 catalog or earlier; 47/48 for 2017/2018); however, we do NOT approved a two-credit shortage (42/44 or 46/48). In the situation of a 2-credit shortage, you will need to enroll in another course in psychology. Similarly, a 2-credit shortage in the minor (22/24) will require an additional psychology course.

Department Petitions of Exception
Department Petitions of Exceptions (DPOE) are used in those rare cases where a student will need an exception to the major or minor criteria or a course. Adequate justification for the exception is required. All DPOEs are completed and submitted for consideration by the Chief Academic Adviser.   Thereafter, there is a chain of supervisors that will also need to approve the request.

Petitions of exception are used for several reasons:
  1. Allowing a course from another institution to count as an equivalent course at Oakland University. (Transfer equivalency evaluation of a course from another university that is not included on the Transfer Equivalency Guide).
  2. Possible (BUT VERY RARE) course substitutions
  3. Fourth time repeat requests
  4. Other justifiable reasons for exceptions to the general guidelines and rules

Overrides
Overrides are provided to students on those exceptionally rare occasions  when a student needs to enroll in a class but is unable to do so through  SAIL. There are several reasons as to why a student cannot enroll. The  most usual reasons that students are unable to enroll include:
  1. Pre-requisites are not met
  2. Enrollment is at the capacity (and the course is closed)
  3. Seats are reserved for students within a particular department (e.g. Nursing & PSY 2250)
  4. Students wish to repeat a course (for a better grade)
With explicit permission (that is written consent), an override can be  issued:
  1. For a student who has met a pre-requisite through another institution, but OU’s transfer equivalency system does not yet recognize it.
  2. For a student enrolled in a pre-requisite and can provide documentation of the enrollment. Note that a student will be dropped automatically if the pre-requisite course is not passed.
  3. If a student needs to repeat a course.
An override is typically not granted when a course is at enrollment  capacity due to fire codes, writing intensive curriculum, and late requests.  The rare exception occurs only with an instructor’s explicit, written  permission.

Please see Ms. Sandy Gabert (Room 111) should an override be required, or  the Chief Academic adviser when Ms. Gabert is unavailable.

Resolution of Student Academic-Related Concerns

The student has an obligation to attempt to resolve all academic-related concerns with the instructor. If a suitable solution cannot be reached, then the student should consult the Department of Psychology Procedure for the Resolution of Student Academic-Related Concerns.

[Approved by Department of Psychology, April 26, 2017]

Psychology Procedure for the Resolution of Student Academic-Related Concerns

Combined Programs
Combined 4+1 BA/MS in Psychology

The Combined BA/MS Program (i.e., 4+1 Program) provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently (5 years instead of 6 years). That is, students admitted to the Combined BA/MS program can graduate with a Master of Science degree in Psychology in as little as one calendar year after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Students will also take 8 graduate-level credits at undergraduate-level tuition rates which reduces the cost of the degree.

Interested students are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The student must have earned a minimum grade of at least 3.0 in PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology), PSY 250 (Research Design in Psychology), and PSY 251 (Statistics in Psychology)
  2. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2. It is also important for students to note that this is a competitive program and that not all students who are eligible will be accepted into the program.

For more information: 4+1 Combined BA/MS Program in Psychology

Please contact Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill ( zeiglerh@oakland.edu) for additional information about this program.

3+3 BA/JD OU-WSU Law School Program

The Department of Psychology at Oakland University and Wayne State University Law School has formed a partnership available to our majors in which students are able to complete their bachelor’s degree (BA) at Oakland University and Doctorate of Jurisdiction (JD) at Wayne State University in less time that each degree independently. In essence, the 3+3 BA/JD program allows highly motivated students to complete both degrees in six (6) years instead of seven (7) years.

For more information please visit http://catalog.oakland.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=29&poid=5196.

Psychology
Credits for the major as of Fall 2017General Education
Credits
CAS “Exploratory” credits needed*Total Needed to Graduate“Free” Electives (includes CAS-Exploratory)

(WSU – Law classes)
4840[12]124[12 CAS + 24 ELECT] = 36

* CAS requires 12 “exploratory” credits be taken from a non-PSY rubric.

  • Students will need to complete all current requirements for their major prior to moving to WSU Law School for their final 30 credits.
  • Students enrolled in this program will be allowed to count WSU Law School credits toward the College of Arts and Science “Exploratory” requirement.
  • Transfer students also are encouraged to enroll in this program as a 2 + 2 + 1 initiative. (Note: The BA is earned after 4 years – 3 years at OU + 1 year at WSU-JD program (30 credits) for the BA + 2 final years at WSU-JD).
  • Criteria:
    • Wayne Law requires a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits for admission. Acceptance is done holistically relying heavily on LSAT and undergraduate GPA. Once admitted and the first year of law school successfully completed, students transfer their Wayne Law courses (30 credits) back to OU toward fulfillment of their BA degree
    • Please see 3 + 3 BA/JD Timeline for application process and credit fulfillment below
    • Application Timeline and Undergraduate Credit Fulfillment

BCaBA

After satisfying criteria for General Education, the College Exploratory, and the Psychology Major, students have about 24 elective credits to complete in order to earn enough college credit to graduate (124 total).  Oakland University’s (School of Education and Human Services – Department of Human Development and Child Studies) Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) course sequence is an outstanding way for students to fulfill those elective credits.

When all requirements have been met, students will have earned the BCaBA credential through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Requirements for BCaBA certification include:

  • Completion of an approved course sequence
  • 1000 hours of independent fieldwork under the supervision of a behavior analyst certified at the BCBA or BCBA-D (doctorate), and
  • a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

Once the above requirements have been met, candidates must apply for the credential and successfully complete the BCaBA examination.

Oakland University’s BCaBA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in fulfillment of course requirements.

The 4 courses are offered over 12 months as follows:

  • held on OU’s main campus from 5:30 to 8:50 p.m.
  • one course in fall (Mondays), two in winter (Monday, Wednesdays) and one over the full summer term (Wednesdays)
  • All courses will be taught by a BCBA or BCBA-D

Courses are unpublished in the SAIL system; CRNs will be shared only with individuals who have attended an Information Session or met individually with a BCaBA coursework representative from HDCS.

For details, visit oakland.edu/hdcs or email Susan Martino.

The program is sponsored Human Development and Child Studies.