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Psychology (PSY prefix)

Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.


PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology (3) A survey of basic concepts and methods of psychology as a behavioral science and seeks to develop an understanding of the individual and social forces that influence and direct behavior. Prereq for all other psychology courses. F, Sp, Su

PSY 202 Orientation to a Major in Psychology (1) This course is designed to provide an orientation to educational issues and career planning and development for students majoring in psychology. Prereq: C or better in PSY 201, F, Sp

PSY 261 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3) An examination of the theories, methods, and issues of lifespan human development. Biological, intellectual, emotional, linguistic, perceptual, and social aspects of growth and development from birth through old age are explored within the context of current and classical research in the field. Common physiological, familial, and social stresses associated with individual stages of development are reviewed. Prereq: PSY 201. F, Sp

PSY 273 Social Psychology (3) A survey of concepts, topics, and research in social psychology. Including research methodology, cognitive dissonance, prejudice, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, attraction, group dynamics, aggression, and altruism. Prereq: PSY 201. F, Sp

PSY 298 Human Sexuality (3) Considers sexuality from a broad scientific perspective. Areas covered include sex research and methods, the biological basis of sexuality, sexual behavior, sexuality and the life cycle, sexual problems, and social issues. Prereq: PSY 201. F

PSY 303 Research Methods and Statistics I (3) An introduction to the research methods and statistics used by psychologists, with an emphasis on experimentation. Research designs, principles of methodology, and the statistical analysis of results will be emphasized. Prereq: C or better in PSY 201, PSY 202, and MATH core, plus 3 additional hours of psychology. F, Sp

PSY 312 Sensation and Perception (3) Focuses on physical and psychological aspects of human perception. Study of the senses will consider measurement, methodology, and organizational principles with primary focus on vision. Prereq: PSY 201. F

PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology (3) A survey of past and present conceptions of abnormal behavior. Major diagnostic issues, including the role of psychological tests, are discussed. Symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and etiological factors underlying the major disorders are considered, as well as related legal issues. Selected treatments for these disorders are described and evaluated. Disorders considered include anxiety, dissociative, somatoform, psychophysiological, geriatric, affective, schizophrenia, substance abuse/addiction, sexual deviations, disorders of childhood and adolescence, and personality disorders. Prereq: PSY 201. F, Sp

PSY 353 Research Methods and Statistics II (4) Advanced topics in the research methods and statistics used by psychologists, with an emphasis on experimentation. Prereq: "C" or better in PSY 303. F, Sp

PSY 357 Learning Theory (3) The scientific study of learning over the last one hundred years has produced a sizable body of laws and principles describing how these processes work. This course investigates the ways in which organisms (human and non-human) change their behavior as a result of experience. The course provides the behaviorist perspective on such changes and therefore focuses on respondent and operant conditioning. Prereq: PSY 201, 3 additional hours in Psychology, Sp

PSY 361 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3) This course takes an in-depth look at physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the inter-relationships of each from conception to adolescence. Topics such as the effects of heredity as well as pre and post-natal environments on growth will be examined in the context of current and classical research in the field. Emphasis will be placed on recent advances in the understanding of forces affecting adaptive and maladaptive development. Prereq: PSY 201. F

PSY 362 Clinical Psychology (3) A survey of clinical psychology that considers types of problems, diagnostic instruments, clinical orientations, ethics, and the professional role of the clinical psychologist. Students learn to describe and differentiate among psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, family and group approaches to treatment. Discussions, demonstrations, and supervised laboratory experiences provide opportunities to relate theoretical knowledge to interviewing, establishing rapport, and basic record-keeping. Prereq: PSY 201 (Introduction to Psychology) and either PSY 322 (Abnormal) or PSY 462 (Personality), or permission of instructor.

PSY 371 Adulthood and Aging (3) This course involves an in-depth study of adulthood and aging by examining the major theories, research, and issues of psychological development. Topics covered will include personality, cognitive functioning, interpersonal relationships, mental and physical health, and sociocultural context. Prereq: PSY 201. Sp

PSY 376 Industrial Psychology (3) Examination of psychological principles applied to personnel decision-making including job analysis, performance appraisal, training, and engineering psychology. Emphasis on the selection (hiring) process, including criterion development, standardized tests, simulation, interviews, selection battery validation, adverse impact, and test fairness. Prereq: PSY 201 and any course in statistics or research methodology. F

PSY 381 Psychology of Gender (3) Investigation of the psychological and physiological determinates of gender differences and similarities in behavior with emphasis on development of sex-role identity, interpersonal interactions, achievement and affiliation behavior, sex-typed behavior, socialization and personality perspectives. Prereq: 6 hours in psychology or permission of instructor, Sp

PSY 385 Physiological Psychology (3) The study of behavior as influenced by the nervous system. Physiological mechanisms that underlie behaviors such as sensory and motor processes, motivation, emotion, learning, and behavior pathology are emphasized. Biological background is helpful but not required. Prereq: PSY 201.

PSY 400 Special Topics in Psychology (3) Devoted to the study of psychological topics not currently part of the curricular offerings. Topics change with the interests of students and faculty. Students may repeat the course as the topics change. Prereq: PSY 201 and approval of instructor.

PSY 425 Cognitive Psychology (3) The study of how the human mind processes information. Topics include models of memory, categorization, concept formation, creativity, and imagery with emphasis on language comprehension and problem solving. Prereq: PSY 201 plus nine additional hours in Psychology. Sp

PSY 462 Personality (3) Critical evaluation and comparison of major personality theories. Includes coverage of key issues in personality research such as person perception and cross situational consistency. Prereq: PSY 201 and nine additional hours in psychology. Sp

PSY 476 Psychometrics (3) The procedures of test planning, item writing, establishing reliability and validation are presented. Interpretation and combination of scores are covered. Representative tests are discussed to illustrate the principles of test construction and interpretation. Prereq: PSY 201, PSY 303, and junior or senior standing.

PSY 497 Capstone in Psychology: History and Systems (3) This course provides a rationale and method for studying the history of psychology as a distinct academic and professional discipline. The course also surveys important theoretical systems used to build the science and application of psychology. In addition, the impact of these historical and theoretical precedents upon contemporary research and practice are discussed. Prereq: Senior Standing, PSY 303, F, Sp

PSY 498 Internship (3) Provides for a minimum of 150 hours supervised experience related to psychology. Students are expected to arrange internships with approval of instructor, maintain a log of their experiences, and meet regularly with instructor. Assignments are negotiated with the instructor based on the demands of the particular internship experience. Open to juniors and seniors. Credit does not count toward the 41 hours necessary for the psychology major . May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prereq: PSY 201, 15 additional psychology hours, and permission of instructor. F, Sp

PSY 499 Individual Study in Psychology (1-3) A course intended primarily for individual research in a specific area of psychology. Topics arranged to meet the specific interest of the student and faculty member involved. May be elected on an arranged basis upon approval of the faculty member who is to serve as supervisor of the research. Credit does not count toward the 41 hours necessary for the psychology major. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prereq: PSY 201 and permission of the instructor. F, Sp