Students intending to major in psychology should file an application form for admission to the Department of Psychology during the spring semester of their sophomore year at UW-Platteville. Transfer students must earn at least 15 credits at UW-Platteville before they will be admitted to the Psychology department (See the application form for transfer students).

Students are not permitted to take Behavioral Research I and II (PSY 3960 or PSY 3970) or History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 4330) until they have been admitted to the psychology department. Students arriving at UW-Platteville with an associate degree or 60 transferable credits can be admitted to Behavioral Research I and/or History and Systems pending departmental approval.

Requirements for Admission to the Department of Psychology

  1. Complete English Composition (ENG 1130 and 1230) with a “C” or better.
  2. Complete General Psychology (PSY 1130) with a “C” or better.
  3. Complete six additional credits of psychology courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Complete all remedial math courses (if necessary).
  5. Earn 42 semester credits in an accredited college of which 15 semester credits have been earned at UW-Platteville.
  6. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.

Notification of Admission to the Psychology Department
When all requirements have been met, applications are sent to the program assistant of the psychology department for final approval by the department chair. Students will be notified by letter of their admission status. Students should not consider themselves admitted to the psychology department until they receive such a letter.

Students who have been denied admission to the psychology department may file an appeal with the chair of the department. Students may present appeals in person or in writing. Exceptions to the minimum cumulative grade point average may be granted to no more than 10 percent of the total number of students admitted to the program during each academic year.

Psychology Department Academic Appeals Committee
The Psychology Department Academic Appeals Committee (PDAAC) is a group of faculty members responsible for monitoring the screening procedures used to select and retain candidates for admission to the psychology department.

The committee consists of five faculty members from the psychology department, elected for three-year terms. The chair of the psychology department will chair the PDAAC. Ex-officio members are the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education and the registrar.