department web page: www.uta.edu/psychology/department contact: www.uta.edu/psychology/ graduate web page: graduate contact:
Robert J. Gatchel315A Life Science817.272.2281
PsychologyM.S.(Emphasis in Experimental or Industrial Organizational)
General Experimental PsychologyPh.D.
Mathematical SciencesPh.D.(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)
James Kopp415 Life Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amster, Bernstein, Brainerd, Gatchel, Ickes, Levine, Mellgren, Paulus, Reyna
Fuchs, Jackson, Jensen-Campbell, Kopp, Mann
The objective of graduate work in psychology is to educate the student in the methods and basic content of the discipline and to provide an apprenticeship in the execution of creative research.
Graduate work in the master's program will be offered in psychology. Graduate work in the doctoral program will be offered in general experimental psychology. Students' individual programs may be arranged to give emphasis to a particular aspect of the general program.
Within this framework, options include, but are not limited to, Animal Behavior and Animal Learning, Cognition and Perception, Developmental, Industrial/Organizational, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Social-Personality Psychology. Students specializing in Cognition and Perception may include, in addition to their area C courses (described below), advanced topical seminars in their area of specialty. In addition to core courses (see area A) for those interested in Behavioral Neuroscience, seminars offered in the recent past include Aggression and Nociception. For those seeking expertise in the Social-Personality area, in addition to the area B courses, seminars have included topics such as Social Influence and Empathetic Accuracy and Intersubjectivity.
Animal Behavior Option—Study in the area of animal behavior is also offered jointly by the biology and psychology graduate programs. Students specializing in animal behavior may initially enroll in the Master of Science program in either biology or psychology. There are a number of biology and psychology courses offered within this specialization. In addition to the courses specified in the catalog, advanced courses in Animal Behavior are often offered under enrollment in BIOL 5310 (Special Topics in Biology), PSYC 5389 (Contemporary Problems in Psychology), and PSYC 6300 (Seminar in Psychology). Recent courses offered under these titles include Animal Cognition, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Genetics, Developmental Psychobiology, Nociception, and Predator-Prey Interactions.
Research Involvement—Since the Psychology Department believes that graduate training should involve the student continuously in the research process, students are encouraged to make personal contacts by letter or E-mail with faculty members of their choice. A description of the faculty and their areas of research may be obtained by consulting the department Web page at www.uta.edu/psychology or by writing to or calling the department at 817.272.2281. Every effort will be made to assign the incoming student to a faculty member of choice, but priority is given to those who have discussed their placement in advance.
Deadline for Financial Aid Applications—Students who wish to be considered for assistantships should have their applications and departmental forms sent to The University of Texas at Arlington by April 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester. Students who do not desire financial aid may apply at any time up to the deadline listed by the Graduate School.
There are no fixed criteria for admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Psychology. Of course, the student is expected to have successfully completed the appropriate work prior to admission. In the case of the M.S. program, an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree is required. As calculated by the graduate school, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work is expected for unconditional admission. For the Ph.D., a minimum of 30 graduate hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better as calculated by the Graduate School is required.
Although we normally require at least a 3.0 average for unconditional admission, an average higher than 3.0 will not guarantee admission. Beyond these minimal criteria, there is no single criterion that determines whether a positive or negative admission decision is made.
Our admissions focus is on seeking positive indication of potential success in the program. These indications include:
In summary the department views its mission in the
MS/Ph.D. program as to train students to be skillful in research. Therefore
we seek students who show aptitude in as well as motivation for
research. Students interested in the terminal MS program in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology will have their records examined
for indicants of potential to succeed in industrial settings.
If an applicant does not have a majority of the positive indications for unconditional admission described above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UTA.
A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
An applicant unable to supply all documentation (including certified transcripts, GRE scores, letters of reference, and personal statements) prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Applicants whose records in the aggregate do not show sufficient positive indications of potential success will be denied admission.
Students unconditionally admitted to the program are eligible for scholarship and fellowship support. The criteria applied will be the same as those applied to admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
In addition to the requirements outlined elsewhere, the Department of Psychology will require undergraduate courses in statistics and in experimental methods. These courses may be taken as deficiency courses.
Degree requirements for the Department of Psychology are established by the Committee on Graduate Studies in Psychology and supplement those established by the University (see general requirements of the Graduate School as stated under the section entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures").
Each entering graduate student will be furnished a copy of the departmental rules which will serve as guidelines for departmental actions and recommendations.
Each student must adhere to the code of ethics of the American Psychological Association.
Emphasis in Experimental Psychology30 hours, including six hours of thesis are required for this option. The program is designed to form the basis for the doctoral program. It is, however, open to those seeking a terminal master's degree. PSYC 5405, 5406, and 12 hours among 5313, 5321, 5322, 5333, 5345, and 6336 are required, including at least three hours from each area A, B, and C (see following).
As soon as is feasible, a student should decide on an area for concentration and research. After discussion with and consent of the involved faculty members, the student selects a supervising professor and a thesis committee. No student may enroll in PSYC 5398 or 5698 until the thesis committee has approved a proposal for the thesis project.
Emphasis in Industrial-Organizational Psychology50 hours in psychology and management are required for this degree, including six hours of internship. The program is designed as a terminal degree for those interested in careers in industrial-organizational psychology. Thirty-five hours are required in psychology. These are PSYC 5405, 5406, 5322, 5323, 5325, 5326, 6349 or 6355, 5321 or approved elective, and an internship and a capstone course. A master's thesis (PSYC 5398, 5698) may be substituted for the capstone, only upon approval from the program director. Required core management courses are MANA 5312 and 5340. Three additional management courses should be selected from PSYC 6300 or MANA 5321, 5323, 5325, 5326, 5327, 5334, and 5342. Approval for PSYC 6300 is required prior to enrollment. Students should do an internship in the summer after the first year and the capstone course at the end of their second year.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in experimental psychology requires distinguished attainments in both scholarship and original research, and the deep understanding of the strategic role of thoughtful experimentation in the development of an empirical science. Although the student must meet the minimum requirements of a planned course of study, the ultimate basis for conferring the degree must be the demonstrated ability to do independent and creative work and the exhibition of a profound grasp of the subject matter of the field.
MathematicsExperimental psychology requires sophistication in mathematics. Prospective students are encouraged to recognize this trend and prepare themselves as well as possible. Mathematics from College Algebra through Calculus is desirable.
Computer Knowledge RequirementBecause of the fundamental and varied ways in which computers are applied in psychology, students are expected to understand their use and application in psychological research. Specifically, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of operating systems such as Windows or the Macintosh System, e-mail and other aspects of the Internet, standard office packages, data bases, programming languages (with specific reference to the programming of psychological experiments) and statistical packages such as SAS. This computer knowledge requirement has been established in lieu of the foreign language requirement. It may be satisfied by successful completion of PSYC 5348. If you feel that you already have the prerequisite knowledge to satisfy this requirement, see the graduate advisor to arrange a proficiency examination.
Course requirementsEntering graduate students will be required to take the following courses during their first four semesters of enrollment. Exceptions may be made only with written permission of the Committee on Graduate Studies.
Current Topics in Experimental Psychology (5110)
Statistics I (5405)
Statistics II (5406)
Experimental Design (5407)
Four of the following courses, at least one from each area A,
B, and C:
Area A: 5333 Behavioral Neuroscience, 6336
Area B: 5321 Personality, 5322 Social Psychology
Area C: 5313 Higher Mental Processes,
5345 Human Learning and Memory
Students with prior graduate work may be exempted from any
of the above requirements by petition to the Committee on
Graduate Studies. The petition should include a syllabus or other
documentation showing that a prior course and one of our required courses
are equivalent. Students should discuss course equivalency with
the professor(s) who teach the course(s) in question before submitting
a petition. Having fulfilled the above, the following are required:
A student has completed the course requirements when he or
Diagnostic Evaluations—Doctoral students normally take diagnostic examinations in two areas between the fourth and fifth semester of graduate work. Satisfactory completion of the area A, B, and C course requirements by the end of the first four semesters is necessary for achieving satisfactory progress in the graduate program. It is also a condition for taking the diagnostic exams. Exceptions will rarely be made, and then only with the written permission of the Committee on Graduate Studies.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
PSYC 5110. CURRENT TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (1-0)A survey of contemporary topics in experimental psychology.Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in psychology or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 5112. TEACHING PSYCHOLOGY (1-0)Required for teaching assistants during first semester of award. Topics will include: selecting appropriate course materials; preparing syllabi, lectures and demonstrations; audiovisual aids; grading; assisting special-needs students; dealing with academic dishonesty.
PSYC 5151. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of the instructor.
PSYC 5191. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 5251. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of the instructor.
PSYC 5291. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 5310. MATHEMATICAL MODELS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Elementary probability theory, matrix algebra, and theory of linear difference equations applied to theoretical problems in learning, signal detection, decision processes, and social interactions.
PSYC 5313. HIGHER MENTAL PROCESSES (3-0)Includes topics such as concept identification, problem solving, reasoning, and knowledge representation.
PSYC 5314. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (3-0)A survey of current theories of cognitive development. Recent research within topic areas, such as physical reasoning, spatial cognition, memory, and symbol use, will be used to evaluate the theories presented.
PSYC 5315. BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (3-0)Overview of operant theory with an emphasis upon contemporary problems. Basic concepts that are covered include: reinforcement and stimulus control, punishment, compound schedules, response topography, and chaining. Other topics include complex human operants, verbal behavior, behavior modification, and contingency management.
PSYC 5321. PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)A survey of contemporary topics in personality psychology, including personality assessment, strategies for studying personality, temporal stability and cross-situational consistency in behavior, and personality influence on social behavior.
PSYC 5322. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)A survey of contemporary topics in social psychology, including interpersonal attraction, altruism and aggression, attribution and social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, and social motivation.
PSYC 5323. GROUP PROCESSES (3-0)Survey of the major topics in group dynamics. Among the issues covered will be performance, motivation, goal setting, decision-making, creativity, social influence, memory, leadership, teamwork, and collective behavior.
PSYC 5325. ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Theory and research concerning human behavior in formal organizations, communication nets, dynamics of managerial jobs, and current ideas concerning organizations will be covered.
PSYC 5326. PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias and fairness. The use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations will be covered.
PSYC 5331. PERCEPTION AND ATTENTION (3-0)Survey of methods and findings dealing with perception; emphasis will be upon behavioral rather than physiological considerations; particular topics include signal detection theory, form and pattern recognition, and attentional mechanisms.
PSYC 5333. BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (3-0)A survey of biological and physical processes underlying behavior. Emphasis on neural, hormonal, and genetic determinants of behavior. Topics include regulatory behaviors, reward and nociceptive systems, differentiation and sociosexual behaviors, limbic and cortical functions.
PSYC 5337. ANIMAL COGNITION AND BEHAVIOR (3-0)A survey of theory and data on how animals learn and represent the world and the evolutionary processes that influence their individual and social behavior.
PSYC 5341. DECISION MAKING (3-0)Factors that influence categorical and numerical judgments, choices, and preference decisions. Comparison of human decision behavior with various quantitative theories.
PSYC 5345. HUMAN LEARNING AND MEMORY (3-0)Survey of current approaches to the study of human learning and memory.
PSYC 5348. EXPOSURE TO CONTEMPORARY PC MICROCOMPUTERS (3-0)Operating systems, ASCII editors, word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, data bases, programming languages, programming psychological experiments, statistical programming, using networks, the Internet, e-mail, Gopher, FTP, and Telnet.
PSYC 5351. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of the instructor.
PSYC 5389. CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Topics vary; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor.
PSYC 5390. CAPSTONE COURSE IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Designed for students near or at the end of their I-O curriculum to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of industrial-organizational psychology.
PSYC 5391. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 5398. THESIS Graded F,RPrerequisite: 12 hours of advanced psychology and an approved thesis proposal.
PSYC 5405. ADVANCED STATISTICS I (3-2)Review of essential mathematical ideas and techniques, a survey of the basic concepts of probability theory, mathematical expectation, special distributions; parametric estimation theory.
PSYC 5406. ADVANCED STATISTICS II (3-2)Statistical hypothesis testing, Bayesian inference, decision theory, linear regression and correlation; analysis of variance; distribution-free techniques.
PSYC 5407. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (3-2)Statistical aspects of complex experimental designs used in psychological research.Prerequisite: PSYC 5406.
PSYC 5600. ADVANCED RESEARCH Supervised research. May be repeated for credit.Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 5610. INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL INTERNSHIP Supervised internship in an organization related to area of major interest. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities.Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 5698. THESIS Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: 12 hours of advanced psychology and an approved thesis proposal.
PSYC 6300. SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Offered each semester. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 6312. ANIMAL LEARNING (3-0)Survey of contemporary topics in animal learning.
PSYC 6316. HISTORY AND SYSTEMS (3-0)Consideration of the origins of psychology in the development of Western thought. Early conceptualization of problems and their modification with changes in evidence is emphasized.
PSYC 6317. PHYLOGENY AND ONTOGENY OF BEHAVIOR (3-0)Selection contingencies as they operate to modulate behavior between phylogenic and reproductive cycles. Topics such as learning, conditioning, reinforcement, foraging, imprinting, modeling, social behavior, group selection, and cultural behavior will be treated as varieties of phyletic adaptation in the evolution of hominids.
PSYC 6318. SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT (3-0)Theory and research on social and emotional development with an emphasis on the interaction between individual needs and abilities and societal expectations and demands.
PSYC 6320. NEUROPHARMACOLOGY (3-0)Survey of the basis of behavioral pharmacology including mechanisms and theories of drug actions, techniques and strategies of research, common psychoactive drugs, and the uses of drugs in clinical practice.
PSYC 6335. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3-0)Phylogenetic approach to some basic problems in behavior, with special emphasis on unlearned behavior.
PSYC 6336. COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Theory and data about all aspects of behavior stressing similarities and differences across species.
PSYC 6338. NEURAL AND COGNITIVE MODELING (3-0)Principles of neural network and dynamical systems modeling; application of these principles to the simulation of cognitive processes in both brains and machines; models of associative learning, pattern recognition and classification, and individual and group behavior.Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
PSYC 6343. COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Surveys current experimental and clinical research and theory relating the brain and cognition. Emphasizes selected areas i.e., perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking.
PSYC 6346. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Evolutionary processes influence behavior and thinking of humans and nonhuman species. Sociosexual behavior, aggression, cognition, and information processing from an evolutionary perspective will be among the topics covered.
PSYC 6347. ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0)Survey of the current literature on the impact of various features of the physical environment on human behavior. Topics covered include crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space, noise, the natural environment, residential, educational and work environments, urban and community design, and pollution and resource management. Designed to be of interest to graduate students in architecture, urban affairs, environmental science and engineering, geology, sociology, as well as those in psychology.
PSYC 6349. PSYCHOMETRIC THEORY (3-0)Introduction to test construction. Topics include reliability theory, test validation, and item analysis.
PSYC 6355. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS (3-0)Application of general linear model to special cases such as factor analysis, multiple regression, and discriminant analysis. PSYC 5344 recommended.
PSYC 6399. DISSERTATION Graded F,RPrerequisite: approved dissertation proposal. For students in the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Sciences, see Mathematical Sciences entry.
PSYC 6699. DISSERTATION Graded F,RPrerequisite: approved dissertation proposal. For students in the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Sciences, see Mathematical Sciences entry.
PSYC 6999. DISSERTATION Graded F,P,RPrerequisite: approved dissertation proposal. For students in the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Sciences, see Mathematical Sciences entry.
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