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

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

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

Development of the individual throughout the lifespan.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

  • PSY-202   PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR                                          4

Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

          (Cross-listed with WS-202)

  • PSY-205   INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY                             4

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. The organizational perspective investigates employee satisfaction, motivation, leadership and cooperative processes.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

          (Cross-listed with BUS-205)

  • PSY-206   RESEARCH STATISTICS                                                            4

Basic theory, principles and applications of statistics in behavioral science research.

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

          (Cross-listed with SOC-206)

  • PSY-207   RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS                                            4

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

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

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                                                           4

Critical review of psychological theory and research toward an understanding of the cognitive, social and emotional behavior of women.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

          (Cross-listed with WS-230)

  • PSY-240   GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY                    4

Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of effective intra- and intergroup cultural contact with a global focus.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102

          (Cross-listed with AS-240 and WS-240)

  • PSY-250   FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE: EXCITABLE CELLS AND SYNAPSES  4

Structure and function of neurons. Electrical properties of membranes. Synaptic transmission and modulation. Sensory transduction, muscular and endocrine function.

          3 LEC, 1 LAB

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

          (Cross-listed with BIO-250)

  • PSY-251   FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE: SYSTEMS AND CIRCUITS      4

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.                                                                                

          3 LEC, 1 LAB

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 or BIO-110

          (Cross-listed with BIO-251)

  • PSY-285   ANIMAL BEHAVIOR                                                                   4

Development, ecology and causation of animal behavior. Emphasis on comparative analysis of mechanisms underlying the production of species-specific behavior.

          3 LEC, 1 LAB

          Prerequisite: BIO-111 or PSY-101

          (Cross-listed with BIO-285)

  • PSY-295   TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY                                                            4

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

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.

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

          (Cross-listed with BIO-296)

  • PSY-305   SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY                                                                4

Behavior of the individual as influenced by the behavior and characteristics of other individuals.

          Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207

  • PSY-311   ANIMAL AND HUMAN LEARNING                                                 4

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

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

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

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-325   NEUROPHARMACOLOGY                                                             4

Influence of drugs on neurons, synapses and circuits will be examined with a focus on mechanisms of drug interaction with neurotransmitter signaling. Topics will range from drugs that affect mood and behavior, to anaesthetics, sedatives, anticonvulsants, narcotics, analgesics and recreational drugs.

          Prerequisite: BIO-250, CHE-240 recommended

          (Cross-listed with BIO-325)

  • PSY-400(A,B,C,E,F,I)  RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY                                     4

Seminars focusing on research in area of psychology. The specific research topic in each section of the class will be determined by the individual class instructor. Students will conduct collaborative research projects in the designated research area.

Prerequisite: PSY-101, PSY-207, the instructor’s permission, and an application (Departmental applications are due in early March for the following fall and spring semesters. See the psychology and neuroscience Moodle page for the applications.)

    • A) RESEARCH IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
    • B) RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
    • C) RESEARCH IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT
    • E) RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE
    • F) RESEARCH IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
    •  I) RESEARCH IN INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSY-406   PRACTICUM                                                                              4

Supervised field placement focusing on psychopathology, counseling, industrial/organizational psychology or related areas. Placement activities are supplemented by a weekly seminar and research literature reviews. Depending on availability, and with a different practicum placement, this course may be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: PSY-101, PSY-102, PSY-206 and PSY-207; instructor’s permission, and an application (Departmental applications are due in early March for the following fall and spring semesters. See the psychology and neuroscience Moodle page for the applications.)

        Priority given to seniors.

  • PSY-410   DIRECTED READING                                                                  1-4

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

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

Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

  • PSY-490   SENIOR THESIS                                                                        4

A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.