Courses

Courses Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The courses offered reflect the diversity of areas within the field. The program for majors provides a strong background in academic psychology, including opportunities for both first-hand laboratory experiences and field experiences.

 

PSY-101 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY: BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES (4 credits)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course is about the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and cognition. Students may take PSY-101 or PSY-102 first and each course is independent of the other.

 

PSY-102 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY: DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (4 credits)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. This course will cover topics such as social psychology, development, personality, and psychopathology. Students may take PSY-101 or PSY-102 first and each course is independent of the other.

 

PSY-200 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits)

Development of the individual throughout the lifespan.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102 

 

PSY-202 PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR (4 credits)

Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized. (Cross-listed with WS-202.)

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102 

 

PSY-205 INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits)

Explores how people think and behave at work from industrial/organizational perspectives. The industrial perspective examines the theory and practice of selection, training and evaluation of workers; organizational perspective investigates employee satisfaction, motivation, leadership and cooperative processes. (Cross-listed with BUS-205.)

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102 

 

PSY-206 RESEARCH STATISTICS (4 credits)

Basic theory, principles and applications of statistics in behavioral science research. (Cross-listed with SOC-206.)

Prerequisite: Any one of the following: PSY-101, PSY-102, ANT-101, ANT-202, PH-101, POL-101, POL-102, or SOC-101

 

PSY-207 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS (4 credits)

Fundamentals of research methodology in psychology. Topics include experimental, quasi-experimental and descriptive research designs, internal and external validity and research ethics. Prerequisite: PSY-206 or permission of the instructor

 

PSY-211 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT (4 credits)

Principles and issues of psychological assessment with an emphasis on tests of personality and cognitive abilities. Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102; PSY-206

 

PSY-214 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING (4 credits)

This course will provide an introduction to counseling principles, research and skills. Role-play practice sessions will be included. Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

 

PSY-230 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER (4 credits)

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an introduction to the psychology of women through an intersectional theoretical framework. Throughout the course, students will learn how the field of psychology and related social sciences have studied the effects of social, cultural, and political influences on the socialization of girls and women. Students will explore how such paradigms, specifically the intersections of race, class, and gender, affect psychological, social, and environmental outcomes for girls and women, nationally and internationally. (Cross-listed with WS-230.) Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102



PSY-285 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (4 credits)Development, ecology and causation of animal behavior. Emphasis on comparative analysis of mechanisms underlying the production of species-specific behavior. (Cross-listed with BIO-285.) (3 LEC, 1 LAB)

Prerequisite: BIO-111 or PSY-101



PSY-295 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits)

A seminar focusing on a topic of contemporary interest in psychology. Each year the department will announce the topic(s) to be offered during the next academic year. Credit hours and prerequisites beyond 100 vary according to the topic. The nature of the topic determines the inclusion of a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102



PSY-296 TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (4 credits)

New technologies emerging from neuroscience such as designer drugs, MRI use as lie detector, and gene therapy for neural disorders. Examination of the basic science behind these and other technologies as well as important social, political and ethical implications. May not be used to fulfill minimum requirements for the biology major. May be used as elective credit in the psychology major. (Cross-listed with BIO-296.)

Prerequisite: BIO-110 or PSY-101 or PSY-102



PSY-305 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (4 credits)

Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of behavior of the individual as influenced by the behavior and characteristics of other individuals with a broad global cultural perspective.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207



PSY-311 ANIMAL AND HUMAN LEARNING (4 credits)

Principles of learning, behavioral change and motivation in humans and other animals. Emphasis on conceptual, methodological and theoretical findings in classical, operant and observational learning, with a focus on application in a variety of settings.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207



PSY-312 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits)

Coverage of the diagnostic characteristics, theoretical perspectives and treatments of the major psychological disorders.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207



PSY-315 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE (4 credits)

Human cognition and perception and their neurophysiological correlates as revealed by functional imaging techniques and clinical populations. Selected topics include basic neuroanatomy and brain imaging techniques and their application to the study of attention, memory imagery, concept formation, language, problem solving, creative thinking and intelligence

Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207



PSY-323 SENSATION AND PERCEPTION (4 credits)

The study of how our sensory systems detect the physical world around us and how we understand what these sensations mean. Emphasis on current research.

Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207



PSY-324 NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY (4 credits)

The course provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the inter-relationship between the nervous and endocrine systems in mammals. Topics covered include endocrine regulation of reproductive behavior, aggressive behavior, biological rhythms, energy balance, stress, and learning and memory. (Cross-listed with BIO-324.)

Prerequisite: BIO-250



PSY-325 ADDICTION (4 credits)

This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. General topics will
include cellular and molecular foundations of neuropharmacology, receptors and
modulation of neural signaling. In addition, we will discuss other topics such as
government policy and susceptibility to addiction. (Cross-listed with BIO-325.)

Prerequisite: BIO-110/110L, BIO-111/111L, and one 200-level BIO course; CHE-240 recommended



PSY-350 FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE: EXCITABLE CELLS AND SYNAPSES (4 credits)
Structure and function of neurons. Electrical properties of membranes. Synaptic
transmission and modulation. Sensory transduction, muscular and endocrine function. (Cross-listed with BIO-250.) (3 LEC, 1 LAB)

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102, and BIO-110 and BIO-111

 

PSY-351 FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE: SYSTEMS AND CIRCUITS (4 credits)

This course focuses on the function and properties of neural circuits and systems. This includes the development of the CNS, brain anatomy, sensory systems, perceptual processes and cognition. Laboratories provide an introduction to neuroanatomy, sensory system structure and function, CNS regulatory and behavioral/cognitive function using microscopy, computer software systems and EEG recordings. (Cross-listed with BIO251.) (3 LEC, 1 LAB)

Prerequisite: PSY-101 or BIO-110



PSY-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4 credits)

Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.


PSY-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4 credits)

Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.



PSY-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4 credits)

For juniors and seniors who want a more-focused academic component to accompany their internship, the independently designed 450 may be an option. Students must identify a faculty sponsor and complete detailed paperwork for approval from the Office of Internship and Career Development. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

 


PSY-470 CAPSTONE IN PSYCHOLOGY: (PLANNING 2 credits)

A 2-credit class for psychology majors or minors ideally taken in the junior year. This course will provide students the opportunity to evaluate what they have learned in the major until that point and explore potential career paths. Students will write a proposal about how they plan to fulfill their capstone requirement. After approval of the proposal, students will investigate possible placements in either research or applied settings in order to fulfill their capstone requirement. During class sessions, students will learn about the steps to securing a placement; and, once they have a placement, they will develop placement goals. They will also present and write about topics that are relevant to their intended placements.

Prerequisite: PSY-101, PSY-102, PSY-207 and standing as a psychology major or
minor