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Psychology Course Descriptions


PSYCH 100 Foundations of Psychology (3)
Addresses psychology’s emergence as a social and natural science in the development of Western thought. Emphasizes scientific thinking about perception, development, learning, motivation, social processes, behavioral disorders and psychotherapy. Fulfills the social science requirement of the core and is normally the prerequisite for all other psychology courses. (Fall and Spring)

PSYCH 200 Research Methods and Statistics (3)
Introduces design and interpretation of research in psychology, including experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational and single-subject designs. Addresses issues in research ethics and written communication. Includes laboratory experiences. Emphasizes use of elementary statistics in research.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYCH 100. (Fall)

PSYCH 203 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Describes clinical disorders, personality disorders and developmental disorders that characterize abnormal behaviors.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Fall)

PSYCH 205 Lifespan Development (3)
Provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to human development across the life course, from conception to older adulthood, with attention to cognitive, emotional, biological, and social changes.

PSYCH 208 Social Psychology (3)
Introduces the methods, theories and experimental research on relevant topics, including social perception, attitude formation and change, altruism, aggression, conformity and group interaction.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring)

PSYCH 209 Biopsychology (3)
Provides an introduction to the relationship of brain and hormones to psychological functioning. Examines basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology important to behavior. Presents the biological bases of motor movement, sleep, reproduction, memory, language and psychopathology.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring)

PSYCH 220 Experimental Learning (4)
Provides an introduction to the experimental analysis of behavior, with an emphasis on classical and operant conditioning. Investigates recent basic and applied research in lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 200. Three lecture and two laboratory periods per week. (Every third semester)

PSYCH 230 Experimental Cognition (4)
Introduces the methods and theories of cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, problem solving and language.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 200. Three lecture and two laboratory periods per week. (Every third semester)

PSYCH 240 Sensation and Perception (4)
Studies the anatomy and physiology of sensory systems, including how energy from stimuli in the outside world is conveyed to the brain and how sensory information is interpreted to form perceptions.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 200. Three lectures and two laboratory sessions per week. (Every third semester)

PSYCH 301 Principles of Psychotherapy (3)
Surveys prominent therapies and underlying theories, basic concepts, treatment strategies and techniques.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 203. (Spring, odd years)

PSYCH 309 Advanced Biopsychology (3)
Examines brain function and behavior topics in depth. Includes laboratory work in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, small animal neurosurgery and human psychophysiology. Prerequisite: PSYCH 209. (Fall, odd years)

PSYCH 314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
Applies psychological principles to work settings in industry and social service organizations. Presents experimental research on interpersonal relations, work motivation, personnel selection and organizational behavior.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Fall, odd years)

PSYCH 320 Sport Psychology (3)
Reviews psychological foundations of physical activity. Includes psychological perspectives on athletes, competition, personality, attention, arousal, anxiety, motivation, stress, aggression, violence, coaching and crowd behavior.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring, odd years)

PSYCH 330 Psychological Testing (3)
Develops the skills involved in the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 200. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 340 Personality (3)
Provides a research-based approach to basic issues in personality, considering contemporary definitions, methodology and current research. Includes basic topics such as measurement, biological influences, development and situational variables, as well as recent research on self perception, sex and gender roles, emotions and personal relationships.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring, odd years)

PSYCH 345 Human Sexuality (3)
Surveys a broad range of information including psychological, physiological and cultural aspects of human sexuality. Assists students in becoming both familiar with and critical of the methods used in the scientific study of sexual behavior. Provides practical knowledge necessary to enhance understanding and experience of everyday life. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 350 Special Topics (3)
Involves intensive readings and discussion in a specialized area of psychology chosen by the departmental faculty and/or the students. Can be taken more than once.
Prerequisites vary; see the instructor for additional requirements. (As needed)

PSYCH 355 Sleep and Dreams (3)
Investigates modern evidence of the nature of sleep and dreams. Includes the evolution of sleep, sleep disturbance, function of dreams and sleep’s relationship to the study of consciousness. Provides opportunities for the psychophysiological measurement of sleep-related activities.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Fall, odd years)

PSYCH 360 Environmental Psychology (3)
Provides an overview of the methods, theories and issues of environmental and ecological psychology. Explores the application of psychologically sound information to architecture, social "climate," and social planning. Focuses on the structures of everyday life and how they affect behavior.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 365 Drugs and Addiction (3)
Examines the major psychotropic drug categories from multiple psychological perspectives ranging from brain function to social psychology. Investigates basics of drug action as well as implications for society and policy. Student presentations on select topics are encouraged.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 370 Animal Behavior (3)
Introduces the principles of animal behavior and the problems of comparing behaviors among species, including Homo sapiens. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 375 Psychology and Law (3)
Surveys the relationships between psychology and the law in civil, criminal and family law settings. Investigates the judicial system, the role of mental health practitioners within the judicial system and the judicial system’s use of social science research. Emphasizes empirical psychology and law research. (Spring, even years)

PSYCH 380 Psychology of Gender (3)
Explores theories and research of gender and psychological functioning in Western culture including developmental issues, biological aspects, socialization, physical and mental health.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Spring, odd years)

PSYCH 385 Cross Cultural Human Development (3)
Explores the Japanese culture and its influences on individual development, using the American culture as a point of comparison. In addition, it examines broader conclusions about how context affects human development and the assumptions implicit in the field of psychology, which has been dominated by Western researchers. This course fulfills the core curriculum’s non-Western culture requirement.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100. (Summer)

PSYCH 390 Research Preparation (3)
Involves the detailed formulation of an individually chosen research hypothesis for investigation in Senior Methods Seminar, including literature search, ethical analysis and feasibility assessment.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 200 and junior status. (Spring)

PSYCH 399 Research (3-6)
Involves individual development of or participation in a psychological research project, usually involving data collection. Can be taken more than once.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 200 and permission of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

PSYCH 400 Senior Methods Seminar (3)
Extends and synthesizes students’ understanding of the empirical science of psychology. Covers advanced topics in philosophy of science, research design and statistical analysis (using SPSSX). Students will demonstrate competence through completion of a data-based research project of their choosing.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 390 and senior status. (Fall)

PSYCH 405 History and Systems (3)
Reviews the historical roots of contemporary psychology. Discusses the influence of various systems of psychology on current psychological thinking.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 200. (Fall, even years)

PSYCH 480 Internship (3-6)
Provides opportunities to do psychological work in community agencies off campus. Can be taken more than once.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 203 and department approval. (Fall and Spring)

PSYCH 498 Senior Methods Seminar (3)
Extends and synthesizes students’ understanding of the empirical science of psychology. Covers advanced topics in philosophy of science, research design and statistical analysis (using SPSSX). Students will demonstrate competence through completion of a data-based research project of their choosing.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 390 and senior status (fall)

 
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