Psychology

Courses

PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0 Credits

Reviews the fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of psychology, with emphasis on the concepts of motivation, learning, and perception, and their psychological foundations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 111 Pre-Professional General Psychology I 3.0 Credits

Preprofessional General Psychology is designed for majors and for other preprofessionals who are interested in Psychology as a minor. A scientific approach to the study of psychology is taken. An overview of the fundamental principles of psychology across a variety of sub-disciplines is offered. Part one is part of a two-part sequence and focuses on the experimental bases of psychology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 112 Pre-Professional General Psychology II 3.0 Credits

Preprofessional General Psychology is designed for preprofessionals who are interested in psychology or related fields, especially designed for majors, and may be taken by minors of psychology. It follows Preprofessional General Psychology I and includes a laboratory component to enhance the scientific approach to psychology. Part two focuses on the application of scientific principles of psychology to human behavior.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 111 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 120 Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credits

Examines the nature of developmental processes-perceptual, intellectual, emotional, and social-and the factors influencing and limiting them.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 140 Approaches to Personality 3.0 Credits

Discusses the major concepts of Freud, neo-Freudians, behaviorists, humanists, trait theorists, and others. Emphasizes understanding of self and others for psychotherapy and research. Fall.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 150 Introduction to Social Psychology 3.0 Credits

Examines theoretical and research findings in personal experiences of interacting with others in family and group settings, and with society in general.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 210 Evolutionary Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers principles of genetics and evolution as applied to the behavior of the important types of living beings, from plants and unicellular organisms to the primates (including humans).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 212 Physiological Psychology 3.0 Credits

Reviews neural foundations of behavior, including the study of nerve activity and brain function.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 213 Sensation and Perception 3.0 Credits

Examines the structure and function of the senses, including vision, hearing, touch, temperature, pain, olfaction, gustation, time, and kinesthesia. Considers interaction of the senses and their role in determining behavior.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 222 Psychological Problems of Modern Youth 3.0 Credits

Examines psychological problem areas frequently encountered by young adults in today's society, including identity crisis, family conflict, the new sexuality, drugs, and the search for intimacy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 225 Child Psychopathology 3.0 Credits

This class will focus on the symptoms, etiology, and primary methods of treating common psychological disorders and problems of children and adolescence. The course will focus on diagnosis; assessment; specific therapeutic treatments; ethical issues; and gender, cultural, and developmental differences in symptoms, diagnosis, and response to treatment.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology 3.0 Credits

Offers advanced course in the general study of personality. Focuses on the way our society defines, explains, and handles behavior perceived as deviant and "normal." Requires field trip. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PSY 242 Psychology of Disability 3.0 Credits

Psychological and social consequences of physical disability for the disabled person and his or her family and social network. Emphasis on disabilities of the sensory and nervous systems. Practicum component.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 244 Culture and Personality 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on comparing specific human behaviors (e.g. aggression, health), roles (e.g. gender), and psychological processes (e.g. cognition, emotion, perception) across cultures in order to ascertain similarities and differences among cultures around the globe. This course has an interdisciplinary focus.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 245 [WI] Sports Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers sports psychology, which is the science of understanding, modifying, and predicting athletic performance or sports participation. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 250 [WI] Industrial Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers theories, experiments, and problem-solving efforts of behavioral scientists in industrial settings for students interested in interpersonal relations, management, leadership, personnel, and applied psychology. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 252 Death and Dying 3.0 Credits

Explores death and dying from various perspectives, including the philosophical, psychological, sociocultural, and personal.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 254 Psychology of Sexual Behavior 3.0 Credits

Examines psychology of the individual coping with the sexual aspects of life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 264 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I 3.0 Credits

Covers data analysis using a mainframe statistical package covering basic elementary techniques of data reduction, manipulation, and statistical analysis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 265 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II 3.0 Credits

Covers more advanced statistical techniques, such as regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and multiple regression.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: (PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]) and PSY 264 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 280 Psychological Research I 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the issues, techniques and methodologies associated with conducting psychological research. Topics to be covered include the logic of research in psychology, important issues in deciding how to study various psychological phenomena, ethical issues and guidelines in conducting psychological research, design and analysis of psychological research, assessing threats to internal and external validity, methods used in the interpretation of psychological data, and writing research reports in the style used by research psychologists.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 264 [Min Grade: D] and PSY 265 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 285 Writing in Psychology 3.0 Credits

This course will build on students existing knowledge of psychology while helping them better evaluate and create various types of written documents commonly used to communicate information in the field of psychology (e.g., research articles, literature reviews, position papers). Emphasis is placed on a skills-based approach to acquiring knowledge of how to communicate information and applying that knowledge in various contexts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: C] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: C]

PSY 290 History and Systems of Psychology 3.0 Credits

Examines the historical foundations of modern psychology, with emphasis on the growth, contributions, and decline of major systems and theories.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 305 Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology 3.0 Credits

Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology. Fosters critical thinking skills regarding the evaluation of paranormal, unusual, or extraordinary phenomena (e.g. ESP, recovered memories of abuse). Examines ways that a human cognition leads to strange beliefs despite contradictory data. The distinctions between science and pseudoscience are highlighted.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 310 Drugs & Human Behavior 3.0 Credits

Covers the fundamentals of drug effects on the nervous system and behavior, with emphasis on abused substances and drugs used in the treatment of behavioral disorders.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: (PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D])

PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers role and relevance of psychology in the teacher-learner relationship, with independent application of research techniques in an individual field study. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 322 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credits

Provides in-depth exploration of child and adolescent physical, cognitive/intellectual, and psychosocial development. Students have the opportunity to observe children and their caregivers through videotaped vignettes created to bring developmental principles to life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: (PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]) and PSY 120 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 325 Psychology of Learning 3.0 Credits

Introduces basic principles of the science of learning. Emphasizes I. P. Pavlov's classical conditioning, B. F. Skinner's operant conditioning, and applications to counseling and therapy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers human thought processes, including perception and pattern recognition, learning and memory, language, problem-solving, and decision-making.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 332 Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering 3.0 Credits

Discusses ways of designing machines, operations, and work environments so that they match human capacities and limitations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 335 Pediatric Psychology 3.0 Credits

The focus of this seminar is the examination of psychosocial and medical issues during the period of infancy, childhood, and adolescense including relevant biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural aspects.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 336 Psychology of Language 3.0 Credits

This course is a survey of the theories and methodologies in the psychology of language. It covers topics such as language acquisition, comprehension, and production, as well as the relation between language and thought and the question of the uniqueness of language in the animal kingdom.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 337 Human-Computer Interaction 3.0 Credits

Applies cognitive and experimental psychology to understanding how to improve the design and usability of interactive computing systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 342 Counseling Psychology 3.0 Credits

Covers theory and practice of establishing helping relationships. Includes role-playing, analyzing, and observations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 345 Narrative Psychology 3.0 Credits

This course explores the historic contributions to the narrative tradition in psychology and its current research and theoretical concerns. We will discuss contributions to the construction of meaning from bioethics and medical humanities, qualitative research, the neuroscience of memory, literary theory, and social, cognitive, and developmental psychology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 350 Advanced Social Psychology 3.0 Credits

Provides in-depth exploration of topics in the social influence process, including current research in social cognition, attitude change, and group dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 150 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 352 Environmental Psychology 3.0 Credits

Multidisciplinary study of the interrelationship between human behavior and the natural, built, and social environments.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 355 Health Psychology 3.0 Credits

Health Psychology is designed to: concentrate on the application of psychological theories and variables to compromising and health enhancing behaviors; demonstrate the psychological management of chronic illness; and the role of psychologists written medical and health settings. For example, it focuses on the effects of stress on the body, the mind-body connection, and how psychology can affect physical well-being.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 356 Women's Health Psychology 3.0 Credits

Explores the major psychological and behavioral factors influencing health and illness among women. Topics, such as lifecycle challenges (PMS and reproductive health), chronic diseases, and new directions in health promotion are addressed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 357 The Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity 3.0 Credits

Covers determinants of eating behavior and body weight as well as psychological treatments for them. Factors influencing eight regulation will be reviewed. The causes, consequences, and treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder will be reviewed. Finally, the courses will review the causes, consequences and treatments for obesity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 360 [WI] Experimental Psychology 3.0 Credits

Provides a study of the basic scientific fundamentals of the experiment with emphasis upon the critical thinking this method represents in establishing psychological principles. Contrasts are made to such modern pseudosciences as parapsychology. A final experiment is required of all students in this course. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 265 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 364 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I 3.0 Credits

Covers data analysis using a mainframe statistical package covering basic elementary techniques of data reduction, manipulation, and statistical analysis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 365 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II 3.0 Credits

Covers more advanced statistical techniques, such as regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and multiple regression.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 364 [Min Grade: D] and (PSY 112 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 101 [Min Grade: D])

PSY 368 Critical Psychology 3.0 Credits

In this course we examine underlying values and beliefs of the field and place them in the context such as inequity, social justice, power relations, and what type of knowledge counts, to arrive at a more critical understanding of the practices and theories in psychology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 370 Forensic Psychology 3.0 Credits

This course describes the psychological processes involved in the legal system. The material delves into the growing field of psychological study and application in the legal field.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 380 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3.0 Credits

Enables the student to gain an understanding of the proper uses and applications of psychological evaluation by focusing on psychometric properties and reviewing selected tests and evaluation procedures commonly employed by psychologists in research and clinical practice.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 280 [Min Grade: D] and PSY 360 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 410 Neuropsychology 3.0 Credits

Provides a study of the relationship between human brain function and behavior. Examines basic anatomy of the brain and focuses on principles of human neuropsychological functioning. Studies cortical and "higher cognitive functioning" in depth through a focus on both normal and brain-injured individuals.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 440 Advanced Personality Seminar 3.0 Credits

Examines historical and contemporary trends and methods in personality research and assessment. Students have an opportunity to evaluate strengths and limitations of these trends and methods, as well as develop their own ideas.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 140 [Min Grade: D] and (PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D])

PSY 442 Theories & Practices in Clinical Psychology 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of clinical psychology theory and practice including professional issues, assessment strategies, and psychotherapy theories. Students have the opportunity to develop their own philosophy of clinical psychology and to apply theories to case examples.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 445 Positive Psychology 3.0 Credits

The course provides an overview of the emerging subfield of psychology known as "positive psychology". This area focuses on investigating and understanding positive aspects of well-being and health, including various human strengths, such as resilience, optimism, spirituality, hope, and problem-solving.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PSY 101 [Min Grade: D] or PSY 112 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 450 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to research and issues involving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Topics include societal perceptions of the disorder, epidemiology, advocacy, assessment and evaluation, adult issues, and legal issues. Course includes an overview of common interventions. Students plan and carry out interviews with individuals with autism as part of the final project.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: PSY 120 [Min Grade: C]

PSY 460 Advanced Experimental Psychology: Laboratory Applications and Techniques 3.0 Credits

Introduction to variety of laboratory techniques; survey of how basic psychological theories and knowledge influence actual practice in the psychological laboratory. Laboratory exercises will focus on development of the research skills necessary for independent research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 477 Senior Seminar I 3.0 Credits

In-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects selected by students in consultation with professor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 478 Senior Seminar II 3.0 Credits

Continuation of PSYCH 477.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PSY 480 Directed Studies in Psychology 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides supervised reading and studies in special fields of contemporary psychology. See department brochure for topics and terms offered.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PSY 490 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis I 4.0 Credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member. The students conduct these projects over the course of three terms in which they take PSY 490, 491, and 492. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PSY and classification is Senior.

PSY 491 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis II 4.0 Credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member. The students conduct these projects over the course of three terms in which they take PSY 490, 491, and 492. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PSY and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PSY 490 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 492 [WI] Psychology Senior Thesis III 4.0 Credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member. The students conduct these projects over the course of three terms in which they take PSY 490, 491, and 492. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PSY and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PSY 491 [Min Grade: D]

PSY 499 Independent Study 1.0-3.0 Credit

This Independent Study provides the opportunity for an undergraduate student to engage in the study of a particular area of psychology that is not covered in-depth by an existing course. Typically, this independent study would focus on a narrower topic (e.g., autism, school violence, bullying, psychology of sleep, etc.) than a given course (e.g., abnormal psychology). Moreover, the nature of the study would be more in-depth than can be accomplished in a traditional course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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