Department of Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

Students looking out at Durango from the rim. COURSES - Where is the list of available courses for the upcoming semester?

It is available via WebOPUS.

DEGREE - Are there other college resources that can help me plan my degree?

The Registrar's Office has several resources to help you with your degree planning. It also has Apply for Graduation resources.

POLICY - I keep hearing about the psychology department classroom behavior policy. What is it?

The Department of Psychology implements a uniform policy on classroom behavior and grading. You may access its PDF form by clicking here.

PRACTICE - What does it mean when a psychology course is labeled as a "practice course"?

This term primarily applies to students who are on the 2010-2015 catalogs.

A psychology practice course involves an element of applied psychology where psychological concepts and principles are practiced in real world settings (community placements, in-class simulations of therapy or group processes, naturalistic observation settings, and the like). These elements of practice should provide opportunities for exposure to, and feedback from, more real world settings than classroom lecture experiences. In one sense, practice courses should help students to negotiate the world of work. Communication skills are required that go beyond the typical sophomore level.

SCIENCE - What does it mean when a psychology course is labeled as a "science course"?

This term primarily applies to students who are on the 2010-2015 catalogs.

A psychology science course emphasizes critiquing empirical studies using knowledge of research methodology. Students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking, locate and comprehend primary literature, synthesize findings from different sources, and display working knowledge of APA (American Psychological Association) writing style. When discussing studies, relevant ethical issues may be considered. Students may be expected to write research proposals, use assessment tools, and/or collect data.

THESIS - I want to sign up for Senior Thesis. How do I go about doing that?

Psychology 498: Senior Research/Thesis is an option available to senior psychology majors. Its prerequisite is Psychology 301. It involves doing your own research project under the guidance of a psychology faculty member. A student who wishes to take Psyc 498 needs to identify a psychology faculty member who will guide him or her. Then the student submits a proposal to the faculty member. The proposal outlines the type of project and the scope of the work. This is an opportunity for a psychology major to work one-on-one with a psychology professor and conduct original work on a research topic that interests him or her. Psyc 498 is a rigorous course, and students who are interested in taking it should prepare as early as possible.

TUTORS - Is there a place where I can get help for a course or where I can help other students with their coursework?

Because psychology is considered a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) discipline, psychology students can also take advantage of the resources at the STEM3 Student Success Center either as a participant or a tutor.

WAITLIST - Can I get on the waitlist for a course?

You can get on a waitlist for a course if it is full. Here are some important things to keep in mind regarding the waitlist:

  1. How to get on the waitlist: If the course is already full (has 0 seats or a negative number of seats available), you should still go through the process of adding that course. WebOPUS should then tell you that the course is full, and you will have an opportunity to go on the waitlist.
  2. The course instructor cannot add you to the waitlist. See #1.
  3. If you are on the waitlist and a seat in the course becomes available to you, you have 36 hours to register for that course. That's a day and a half. Otherwise, you lose the seat. Therefore, if you are on a waitlist, it is important to regularly check your college e-mail and your WebOPUS account to see if you are offered a seat.
  4. You can check your WebOPUS account to see where you currently are on a course waitlist.